Oberstar Not Interested in Rematch

Posted January 26, 2011 at 6:01pm

A couple of prominent Minnesota Democrats have said publicly they won’t challenge freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack (R).

Former Rep. James Oberstar (D), whom Cravaack upset in 2010, told Minnesota Public Radio on Wednesday that he doesn’t see himself running for office again in the near future.

Cravaack defeated Oberstar in a close race. Oberstar was first elected to the House in 1974, and before 2010 his lowest winning percentage was 59 percent in 1992. The former chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee told MPR he will serve as a visiting scholar on transportation at the University of Minnesota and will do some consulting on transportation issues.

Earlier this month, former state House Majority Leader Tony Sertich (D) told the Associated Press there was “no chance” he’d run against Cravaack.