After campaigning as a Tea Party Republican, Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN/NH) wants Minnesotans to believe that he's really actually a moderate. Seriously.
This is the equivalent of a pickle wanting to turn back into a cucumber.
After being swept into office on a tea party tide, Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack is now portraying himself as a middle-of-the-road lawmaker as he tries to keep his job in a northeastern Minnesota district with a long tradition of electing Democrats.
He's portraying himself as a moderate? Mmmm Kay ...
In an Associated Press interview this week, Cravaack built his case for a second term by emphasizing votes he cast against his party and time spent in the 8th District after his family moved to New Hampshire last year. Cravaack, who defeated Oberstar by portraying him as out of touch with the district, now lives in North Branch and visits his wife and two sons when he can, often on Sundays. He said he spends as much time as possible on the ground in the 32,696-square-mile district, which is Minnesota's second-largest and bigger than 11 states.
"I work for the people of the 8th District," Cravaack said. "They are my boss, and I've never lost sight of that."
He works for the people? Which people?
He won't hold any free, well-publicized and public events in any larger cities in his district. What moderate is afraid of facing his constituents and answering tough questions about his conservative positions?
He refuses to release documentation of when he actually visits the state. As far as I can tell, Cravaack only holds public events 3 times every 2 months.
What moderate supports the Ryan Budget? What moderate wants to end Medicare?
If it smells like tea and it looks like a teabag, its a teabag.