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Cravaack says he’ll serve no more than four terms but realizes that could be tough in a DFL stronghold

At the very end of a  profile of newly elected 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack, John Lundy of the Duluth News Tribune gets a good quote:

Asked how long he’d like to stay in Congress, Cravaack replied:

“I’ve always said I’d prefer not to serve more than three terms, and I won’t serve more than four.

“But I realize this is a very highly Democratic area. I also realize there’s a lot of people that really don’t like me being here in this seat. But hopefully they’ll judge me by my actions rather than what’s behind my name, an ‘R.’ Because I will be working very hard for the people of the 8th.”

Lundy’s profile also looks at Cravaack’s Navy background and his days as an airline pilot and notes that he’s determined, focused and polite.

He’s married with two young sons, ages 7 and 9, and was a stay-at-home dad when he was grounded as a pilot for two years because of sleep apnea, the story says.

And a neighbor in his town of Lindstrom calls Cravaack “a great neighbor,” who snow-blows sidewalks, lends tools and helps sod the yard.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 12/23/2010 - 01:11 pm.

    “I’ve always said I’d prefer not to serve more than three terms, and I won’t serve more than four.”

    C’mon Mr. Cravaack. How can you do this to me? … and so soon after I recently declared on another thread that I liked “the cut of your gib.”

    Now, let’s see … three terms is six years, four is eight, and five is ten. But six is an even dozen. So, let’s just go ahead and commit to six terms right now!

    And twelve years later, we can commit to another dozen years. Who would remember ( heck, half of us may be dead by then,) and who would care?

  2. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 12/30/2010 - 09:53 am.

    Four terms! Merely wishful thinking for a future one termer. Cravaack is the dog that caught the car.

  3. Submitted by Rod Loper on 12/31/2010 - 11:19 am.

    His compassion for the unemployed is very touching.
    He said he opposes the extension of unemployment
    benefits. He advertised his union connections as
    a NWA pilot splitting the union vote while using Oberstar”s vote for the Affordable Care Act as a
    second wedge issue with the pro life crowd.
    The iron range is getting just what they deserve. Good and hard.

  4. Submitted by Roger Iverson on 01/03/2011 - 09:23 am.

    So Mr. Cravaack will serve four terms. Don’t the people in his congressional district get to vote for or against him every two years? In the small print of the ballot was there some clause about 8 years? Or does he know there will be a huge money train coming his way which will keep him in office no matter what he does to the district?

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