Democratic group targets Cravaack in new ad

The House Majority PAC, a group advocating for Democratic control of the U.S. House, is hitting the airwaves in Minnesota’s 8th District.

The group released an ad Thursday targeting freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack, hitting him for his support for a Republican Medicare plan, as well as the sizable lease on his official vehicle and what the group says is the lack of town halls in the district. The ad buy is for $250,000 over two weeks in the Twin Cities market.

The Cravaack campaign pushed back Thursday, noting that he’s held 29 town halls and 17 tele-town halls during his first term. The lease has been a go-to Democratic talking point since it came to light last summer, but his congressional office has said the high cost is driven by U.S. House rules governing the length of leases and the added costs of traversing the large 8th District.

“Chip Cravaack has an unprecedented record of constituent outreach, and he will continue to focus on bringing more jobs back to the 8th District by supporting pro-growth tax reform to aid small business and reducing regulatory barriers to economic growth,” campaign adviser Ben Golnik said in a statement.

Cravaack’s challenger is former DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan. The race is considered the most competitive in Minnesota and is expected to attract a lot of outside spending.

Here’s the ad:

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com

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