Group representing older folks says Oberstar’s been around too long

A new ad saying Congressman Jim Oberstar has been around too long — 36 years in Congress — has been produced by a group representing older Americans.

The 60 Plus Association, which bills itself as a conservative alternative to AARP, is spending $100,000 on the ad in the 8th District to attack Democrat Oberstar, who is being challenged by Republican Chip Cravaack.

The ad notes that Richard Nixon was president and Fran Tarkenton was quarterback for the Vikings when Oberstar was first elected in 1974. It’s says he’s now out of touch and votes with his party too often. The ad never mentions Cravaack’s name.

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Carol Flynn on 10/26/2010 - 03:48 pm.

    Do any “60 Plus Association” members live in the Eighth District? If they did, they would know that Oberstar has been in very close and generous touch with them for more than 36 years.

  2. Submitted by John Schadl on 10/26/2010 - 04:57 pm.

    Here is some interesting information about 60 Plus John Schadl, Oberstar Campaign

    Social Security Privatization Group Backs Cravaack

    60 Plus Association” attacks Oberstar on Eighth District T.V.

    DULUTH—An organization that supports privatizing the Social Security system is supporting newcomer Chip Cravaack in his race against Eighth District Congressman Jim Oberstar.

    Cravaack has said in recent debates that “everything is on the table” regarding Social Security, including privatization or personal accounts. Cravaack told the Ely Echo in August that he supports privatization.

    Now the 60 Plus Association has come to Cravaack’s aid with ads running on Minnesota cable systems attacking Oberstar.

    The association bills itself as a non-partisan advocate for seniors, but is really a front for big business and conservative causes. The group is running ads against Democrats across the country. Its website says the organization supports “free enterprise solutions” to seniors’ issues and calls itself a “conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).”

    “This is a group that supports privatizing your Social Security, no doubt about it,” said Oberstar campaign spokesman John Schadl. “The 60 Plus Association and its chairman, Ed Martin, have consistently supported the establishment of personal retirement accounts in the name of reforming Social Security.”

    Personal retirement accounts would replace Social Security as we know it with 401(k)-type retirement plans that invest pension funds in stocks, bonds, or other financial instruments. While they may have some benefit when the markets are strong, they can wipe out savings in times of a down market. They can also make seniors vulnerable to fraud or high-risk speculative investments.

    “We saw millions of Americans lose their hard-earned savings when the stock market crashed. We saw individuals and pension funds lose billions to fraudulent financial advisors such as Bernie Madoff,” Schadl said. “Social Security has never missed a payment, never declined in value. We should keep our retirees’ futures out of the hands of speculators and con-artists. We don’t want our Social Security funds tied up in sub-prime mortgages or toxic assets. ”

    While the association and the conservative Republicans it supports speak of “personal accounts” instead of “privatization,” an Associated Press analysis of the proposal during the Presidential campaign showed that the two are essentially the same thing.

    Non-HTML users (release is best viewed in HTML): citation links included in release:

    http://www.elyecho.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=10635&SectionID=2&SubSectionID=2&S=1
    http://www.60plus.org/
    http://60plus.org/about/
    http://60plus.org/aw456/
    http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/national_world/stories/2008/06/14/macsocial.html?sid=101
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  3. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 10/27/2010 - 01:03 am.

    The Center for Media and Democracy says of the 60-Plus Association that it is a front group funded at least in part by Big Pharma (09-15-2010).

  4. Submitted by Steve Rose on 10/27/2010 - 06:40 am.

    Oberstar is the poster child for term limits. No one should be allowed to serve twenty terms in the House. It will be up to the voters on Tuesday if they want to end his reign.

  5. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 10/27/2010 - 12:00 pm.

    60 Plus Association is just a loosely organized front group for the RepubliCrp.

    @Steve

    Until we fundamentally change the way Congressional seniority works, term limits are BAD for people who have congressmen with a lot of seniority. Many years means power for the local people. Short years means powerless. So even if you completely disagree with Oberstar, if Cravaack is elected you can pretty well kiss off any help from the federal government for a decade in a district that strongly needs some economic development help.

  6. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 10/27/2010 - 02:35 pm.

    This organization is located in Alexandria, Virginia. Looks like they’re most active in other states like Indiana, and just decide to pay some attention to Minnesota recently.

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