EMILY’s List, which supports the election of pro-choice Dem women, put five Repub House freshmen on notice that it is looking for a candidate to take them out and Minnesota’s only freshman, Chip Cravaack of the Eighth District, is on the list.
It’s not surprising that Cravaack is a target. He narrowly defeated Jim Oberstar last year, ending 63 years of DFL control of the district’s House seat. As best we can tell from here, he would be the most vulnerable Minnesota House incumbent in 2012 just by virtue of being a freshman in a DFL-leaning district.
Here’s what EMILY’s list posted about Cravaack: “While Minnesota families struggle in the tough economy, what’s Cong. Cravaack’s first priority after taking office? Forget job creation — it was redefining rape. Cravaack was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 3, which actually attempted to redefine rape and led to incredible outrage over such a crass, inhumane act toward survivors of sexual assault.”
But note that EMILY’s favors pro-choice candidates and the Eighth has been considered conservative territory on social issues. Oberstar was solidly pro-life.
Two pro-choice Dem women are rumored as possible EMILY’s-type candidates for 2012: Former state Sen. Tarryl Clark of St. Cloud, who ran against Michele Bachmann in 2010, and Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon of Duluth. Depending on how the redistricting works out, Clark might not be in Cravaack’s district (she isn’t now) and would have to move to make that race.
By the way, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock is famailiar with Minnesota politics from her days as campaign manager for Al Franken’s 2008 Senate campaign.