After the surprise loss of the 8th Congressional District seat to Republican rookie Chip Cravaack, DFLers in northeastern Minnesota now must recruit a candidate in an effort to regain the seat they’d held for decades.
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who lost to Cravaack in one of the big upsets of the 2010 election, has said he won’t run again, and the Northland Newscenter says state Sen. Tom Bakk and state Rep. Roger Reinert are saying they won’t run for the congressional seat, either.
Said Bakk: “[M]any many people have asked me about that but I think I’ve gotten a little bit too old waiting for Jim Oberstar to leave.”
Said Reinert: “I don’t have the time to do that right now. I was elected here to do a job. It’s a huge job, a really important job, so I’m open to having that conversation but it’s not going to happen until there’s a balanced budget in Minnesota.”
And Duluth Mayor Don Ness has said he’s not interested.
The story notes that DFL legislators in the area want to focus on regaining majorities in the state House and Senate, but that other congressional hopefuls are likely to make their plans known this summer.