The Duluth News Tribune today backed Republican challenger Chip Cravaack in his bid to beat Democratic Congressman Jim Oberstar.
Oberstar, who is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has represented the 8th Congressional District since 1974.
The editorial writers began their endorsement by detailing Oberstar’s accomplishments for northeastern Minnesota. But the paper backed Cravaack for his vows to reduce taxes on businesses and remove government regulations.
The paper also said it prefers a “political novice” in Cravaack rather than “another insider,” a not-so-subtle jab at the 18-term incumbent.
Oberstar’s campaign criticized the paper’s Fargo-based management. He said the paper has adopted a conservative tone since Forum Communications purchased it.
“The Fargo Forum owns the Duluth newspaper. They have dictated this outcome. It is one that fits their philosophy. It does not represent that of the Northland,” Oberstar said.
Oberstar also complained that last Tuesday’s contentious public debate in Duluth was used by the paper to vet the candidates rather than in-depth interviews.