Tuesday night, Congressman Chip Cravaack fielded questions from a panel of conservative bloggers. The conversation jumped from his priorities during his first term in office, his work on the miners’ behalf to jumpstart Minnesota’s mining industry to praising the volunteers who’ve marched in parades with him.
Congressman Cravaack clearly wasn’t satisfied with the EPA’s productivity, saying that miners and mining investors needed a speedier permitting process. Congressman Cravaack noted that PolyMet has spent $40,000,000 drilling test holes. He said that it’s ridiculous for the permitting to take 8 years and counting.
Based on the reception he’s getting in parades, miners appreciate that he’s fighting the good fight for their families in DC. He said that’s the result of his hard work on the miners’ behalf and his telling his staff to build bridges with constituents whenever possible without sacrificing their principles.
While Chip was respectful when talking about the people competing in the DFL primary, it’s painfully obvious that he’s confident in his ability to defeat the DFL primary winner.
One trip to the CD-8 Facebook page will give people an idea of how enthusiastically Chip’s supported:
I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it again and again: the DFL and the DCCC painted a bullseye on Chip’s back minutes after he defeated Jim Oberstar in 2010. Minnesota’s Eighth district is to the DFL what Ted Kennedy’s seat was in Massachusetts.
The tide has turned, the pendulum has swung. This isn’t the DFL’s Eighth anymore.