For Cravaack, residency clash gets deeply personal

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 26, 2012 - 5:32 AM

The congressman says a son's autism led to family's move to New Hampshire.

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JT33Oct. 25, 1210:24 PM

May be Chipper should be running in New Hampshire?

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hammarhead1Oct. 25, 1210:27 PM

Sad, but you can't have your cake and eat it too.

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DanielleKOct. 25, 1210:32 PM

I don't understand... His wife and children are living out east and for some reason he has a home in MN... Why? Why shouldn't his opponent question the living situation? It seems very, very odd....

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stpaulisbestOct. 25, 1210:35 PM

Oh please. Minnesota has some of the best resources for families with autistic children. How shameful. Using your autistic child as an excuse for why you don't want to live in the district you claim to represent. What's next, blame the family dog for some of his votes? How about taking personal responsibility? He moved because he wanted to. There's no rule that says you have to live in the district. Just be straight with people.

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morenews0013Oct. 25, 1210:35 PM

Explanations are irrelevant.He also made a decision about his political future when the family decided to move. When his whole family became residents of another state, when his wife works elsewhere, when he is a commuter to our area, we don't feel like he lives here. He really wasn't a very "in touch" representative anyway--I'd say people would have gone to the wire for him if he'd been around longer or was better at the job, but there's more that's not working in this situation than just residency. Perhaps he can run for office where he lives, which is in New Hampshire.

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trythinkingOct. 25, 1210:42 PM

Well, Chip, you can't have it all ways. You attack Oberstar for his residence in D.C., you move to NH, then you pull out the "poor me" plea that the Dems are attacking your family. Move on, Chip. Take care of your family, but don't blame the citizens for wanting one of their own to represent them.

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martiankingOct. 25, 1210:45 PM

So it wasn't your wife's new job? Hmmm. This coming from the guy who ran on the platform that the previous congressman, Jim Oberstar, was no longer living in MN anymore. Typical political hypocrite.

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sunriseparkOct. 25, 1210:50 PM

Cravaack thought it was fair game to go after Oberstar on the same issue...now that he is getting it back, at the 11th hour he uses his child's condition as a shield. Wow, what a hypocrite.

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rangesonOct. 25, 1211:02 PM

What's more important? Taking care of your special needs child, or being a big guy in politics? If he was being honest, and a good day, the kid should come first. Save the political career for after they've grown up. Sounds to me like this was a bored house-husband who wanted an adventure.

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gonjgovOct. 25, 1211:11 PM

Uncle Jim living out East wasn't a problem for the lefties on the Range, but Chip can't do the same?

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