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Cravaack to Hold Duluth Town Hall

By KBJR News 1

Cravaack to Hold Duluth Town Hall

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 4:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - On Tuesday, Congressmen Chip Cravaack told protesters who gathered outside a Canal park speaking engagement he will hold a town hall meeting in Duluth.

The announcement was the answer protesters were looking for Tuesday, as they gathered outside Grandma's Restaurant in Duluth.

"I've sent him messages via his email, you know his web page...I have not gotten a response from him. None. So he is not available at all," said Kathy Hern, who lives in Duluth.

Many gathered to voice their concerns that it's very hard to reach their 8th district congressman, something he says he has made a point to avoid during his time in office.

"People in letters praising saying 'thank you for the accessibility'; 'I'm a democrat, I appreciate the accessibility'. "We are doing the best we can with the timelines that I have. But again we have town 12 town halls. I think that is more town halls than any other congressman in Minnesota has had," said Congressman Cravaack.

"I talked to him like about 2 weeks ago he was at a parade. He is going to parades all over the place and if I am close enough I will go to it. I can walk up to him and ask any question and he will answer it, can come and ask too," said Eric Klang, a Cravaack supporter.

Protesters also said when the congressman does meet with the public, like at Tuesday's luncheon for the National Federation of Independent Businesses, those wanting to attend must pay.

He says that's not true.

"The 10 dollars was for the lunch. I had to pay 10 dollars... I didn't get a dime of this," said the congressman.

With a town hall now set to happen in the largest city in the 8th district, voters who wanted it say they'll be sure to get there early to get a seat.

"There is a lot of people out there and you talk to a lot of people and a lot of people are very unhappy with how he is voting and what he is doing," said Tim Faust, who lives near Hinckley.

The town hall meeting will be held at the tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Duluth Airport at 4 PM.

The congressmen says he looks forward to hearing from constituents at the event.

Written for the web by Elayne Crecelius
ecrecelius@northlandsnewscenter.com


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