Via MPR News Polinaut blog and MPR’s Dan Kraker…
Amid mounting pressure, 8th District GOP congressman Chip Cravaack has announced he will hold an open town hall meeting at 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the Duluth airport.
A lot of the push back that I have experienced on this subject, including this letter in the DNT, has involved people complaining that “Oberstar was never here” so why are we so worried about Cravaack being here, all of a sudden. Did anyone else have that experience, that Oberstar was hard to reach or access? I remember calling him at home when I was in college for an assignment and he actually took the time to answer my questions, no problem. If I had thought he’d actually answer I wouldn’t have ever made the call. I was 18 or 19 years old, it was my first semester and my only other memory is being terrified during the entire conversation!
So he’ll do a town hall meeting in Duluth, tomorrow, 8/24/2011, at the airport. Are you going? What will you say to him? And finally, does anyone else find it ironic that he’s holding the meeting there at the Duluth Airport, a place that he originally described as wasteful spending that we cannot afford? Of course, he turned an about face on that issue and now says that he supports the expansion. I’m glad he did that, and also glad that he’s made an about face on a Duluth town hall, too.
UPDATE 3:43 PM 8/23/11
According to the MN Progressive Project, Chip Cravaack is NOT having a town hall meeting tomorrow at the Duluth Airport:
Will Chip Cravack Keep His Promise to Hold a Town Hall in Duluth?
Cravaack’s Duluth office denies knowing about a town hall in Duluth tomorrow and refuses to comment further. The location of this promised town hall is also uncertain. As of 2:15 pm, the Duluth Airport Authority reports that they have not been contacted by the congressman’s staff. Furthermore, the schedule shows the banquet room at the airport, the Skyline Room, is booked by the restaurant for an event from 3 to 5pm tomorrow. The only other possible venue at the airport, Monaco Air Duluth, also has not been contacted by Cravaack’s office.
In the video Cravaack says he will have a town hall at the airport “tomorrow at 4 o’clock.”
UPDATE 9:18 PM
False alarm, it’s on. Verified here by numerous media sources.