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DFLers highlight Cravaack family move to New Hampshire

When 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack announced last summer that his family was moving from Minnesota to New Hampshire, it was obvious that the issue would become campaign fodder in the Republican freshman's bid for re-election.

This week, DFLers are jumping on it.

On Wednesday, they'll hold rallies in seven 8th District cities —  Duluth, Cloquet, Grand Rapids, North Branch, Ely, Brainerd and International Falls — to focus on what they call "Cravaack’s absence from the district and the importance of having a Congressperson who is open and accessible."

In announcing the move of his wife and two sons, Cravaack's office said the congressman would spend Saturdays and his district work time in Minnesota, and visit his family in New Hampshire on his Sunday off-days.

The family move came when Cravaack's wife, Traci, an executive at a medical company, got a promotion to a job based in Boston. The family sold their home in Lindstrom and Cravaack planned to buy a home in North Branch.

Three DFLers —  Rick Nolan, Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson — are seeking their party's nomination to run against Cravaack in November.

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