Congressman Jim Oberstar Endorses Rick Nolan

By KBJR News 1

June 4, 2012 Updated Jun 4, 2012 at 9:51 PM CDT

Chisholm, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) – Former Congressman Jim Oberstar officially endorsed Rick Nolan for the 8th Congressional seat at a gathering at the Minnesota Museum of Mining Monday.

Congressman Oberstar mentioned that he supports former Rep. Nolan because of his ties to the district and his previous congressional experience. Rep. Nolan served three terms as Minnesota's 6th District congressman.

"He'll be in line very early on for subcommittee chairmanship if the Democrats win the majority or to be a ranking member if the Republicans somehow hold on to their ranking majority," said Congressman Oberstar.

The endorsement came about a month after Rep. Nolan recieved the DFL endorsement for the 8th District seat. He said that support for his campaign will grow after his endorsement from the well-known Congressman Oberstar, who served for 36 years in the U.S. Congress.

"Having his endorsement is very important for our campaign. It sends a nice message to everybody here in the district," said Congressman Nolan, "Here's someone in the know, someone knowledgeable, who thinks that I'm the best candidate in this race."

After endorsing Rep. Nolan, Congressman Oberstar joined him for a campaign stop at the grand opening of the Mesabi Station in Eveleth. Oberstar said he plans to support Nolan throughout his campaign.

"I'll be at various events with Rick Nolan and I will give him my counsel on the needs...of the issues in all areas of the 8th district," said Rep. Oberstar.

It was also a big day for one of Rep. Nolan's challengers, Jeff Anderson. Anderson recieved the endorsement of several Iron Range mayors, including Chisholm mayor, Michael Jugovich.

"I think our core values on the Range and In Duluth, what we feel is so important, is what Jeff Anderson is all about," said Mayor Jugovich.

According to Anderson's campaign, he was also endorsed by mayors from Ely, Babbitt, Buhl and Hoyt Lakes.

8th District incumbent, Congressman Chip Cravaack, responded to the endorsement. In a statement from his campaign he said, "Washington is broken and endorsements from politicians who were part of the problem will not help get our country back on track."

The Minnesota state primary is August 14th.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.