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Occupy Brainerd event to target Cravaack

Posted: February 17, 2012 - 10:21pm

Occupy Brainerd event to target Cravaack

Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., is the target of an Occupy Brainerd event set for 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sixth and Washington streets in Brainerd. The theme of the event, according to organizer Terry Sluss of Baxter, is “Congressman Cravaack: New Hampshire is still not in the 8th District.”

Sluss said the boundaries for redistricting will be released for Minnesota late Tuesday.

Michael Bars, a spokesman for Cravaack, said Cravaack’s home is in North Branch. When his wife was promoted and transferred she tried to commute, but it was too difficult a strain on the family since Cravaack was commuting to and from Washington, Bars said.

The family has a second home in New Hampshire.

“It’s unfortunate that some still cling to these disingenuous political attacks,” Bars said. “Chip lives in North Branch. If people can’t understand the sacrifice Chip made as a husband and a father, then there’s not a lot more they’re going to see eye-to-eye on.”

The Occupy Brainerd event is sponsored by the Central Lakes Senior Caucus, Brainerd Trades and Labor, Occupy Brainerd Peaceful Movement and several other organizations and individuals.

Sluss is a former Crow Wing County commissioner and DFL candidate for state senator. He said the group’s goal is to approach 100 members for the event.