Duluth News Tribune turns against Jim Oberstar
For the first time in three decades, the Duluth News Tribune did not endorse Congressman Jim Oberstar.
Cravaack gives Oberstar a run for his money.
Oberstar has been a huge asset to the 8th District, says the DNT -- this is a guy who helped build the "Bong Bridge," after all -- but the paper doesn't think the 76-year-old is fiscally responsible enough to do right in the modern economy.
The brake pedal of fiscal responsibility is needed in Washington now as much as ever. Although Oberstar voted in 1993 for the biggest debt reduction in post-World War II history, the 17-term incumbent is hardly the embodiment of financial restraint and new direction.
Instead, the DNT endorsed "the Dean's" politically virginal Republican opponent, Chip Cravaack. Cravaack is a retired military man who grew up in West Virgina. It's his lack of political experience and promise to reform government spending that won over the DNT:
Cravaack vowed to lower taxes paid by businesses, especially smaller businesses, and to remove government regulations and restrictions that impede economy-stimulating private-sector activity.
For his part, Oberstar is unwilling to accept the paper's endorsement of Cravaack. He's instead calling bullshit on the DNT's parent-company, Forum Communications.
"The Fargo Forum owns the Duluth newspaper," said Oberstar in a statement. "They have dictated this outcome. It is one that fits their philosophy. It does not represent that of the Northland."