Former Congressman Rick Nolan, looking to make a comeback after a 30-year hiatus, is announcing some support for his bid to the get Democratic backing to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th District.
Nolan, who served in Congress from 1975 to 1981 in the old 6th District, said he’s got backing from state Rep. John Persell of Bemidji, the assistant House minority leader, and former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Becky Lourey. Earlier, he’d announced the support of state Rep. Ryan Winkler and former state Rep. Tim Faust.
It may seem early to be announcing this kind of support, but Democrats are practically falling over themselves to run against Cravaack, who surprised everyone by beating longtime Congressman Jim Oberstar in 2010. That came in the nation-wide Republican resurgence. The seat has been in the blue column for decades, and now Cravaack has announced that his family is moving to New Hampshire, which means in addition to overcoming the sophomore jinx, he may have to battle charges of carpetbagging.
Other announced Democrats in the race are Duluth City Council Member Jeff Anderson and former state Sen. Tarryl Clark, who lost to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in a different district in 2010.