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Chisago City businessman to take on Oberstar in 8th District

Darrel Trulson of Chisago City — who owns a graphic design business and has been an associate pastor — says he’ll seek the Republican endorsement to take on U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar in the 8th Congressional District.

Oberstar has been in Congress since 1974, but Trulson told the Brainerd Dispatch that he thinks it’s time for a change, and hopes others agree.

“The families that I talk with and the people supporting me have been very encouraging,” he said. “There’s a growing dissatisfaction among the Democratic base.”

Trulson told the paper that he’ll emphasize the economy and health care in his campaign:

He said the proposed health care reform now going through Congress would plunge the U.S. further and further into debt. He would call for tort reform and empowering individuals to buy health care insurance outside of their own state.

“Washington is taking an ax to a problem that needs a scalpel,” Trulson said.

He said the incumbent is dragging his feet on help that could go to mining firms and is trying to please both unions and environmentalists.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 12/11/2009 - 11:55 am.

    Oberstar must have read this and smiled. If this is what the Republicans are going to throw at him, he can spend August at the lake.

  2. Submitted by Karen Sandness on 12/11/2009 - 06:28 pm.

    Ah yes, the right-wing talking points on health care.

    Never mind that the states that have enacted tort reform have seen no drop in health care costs, or that the much-touted insurance products from other states are so cheap because they don’t cover anything.

    But the talking points sound good if you don’t actually know anything.

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