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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Former Rep. Jim Oberstar, Minnesota's longest-serving congressman, died in his sleep Saturday in his Maryland home at age 79. A Catholic Democrat, Oberstar was regarded as one of the more liberal members of Congress but was a strong opponent of abortion and tougher gun laws. He would occasionally give the homily at his church and went on fishing trips with high school buddies on Lake Kabetogama or Sturgeon Lake. "Jim liked to talk a lot, so it was probably good he went into politics," said Jon Frankovich, who was a year behind Oberstar at Chisholm High School.


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Too bad. Oberstar was an aide to Brent Spence, whose name is on a bridge crossing the Ohio River in Cincinnati. He lost his job to Chip Cravaack, a HS classmate and tea party loon, also from Cincy. Oberstar was committed to replacing the bridge, which is in poor shape and is one of the busiest bridges on I-75. Now Cravaack is also out and there is no federal support for replacing the bridge. Guess who is most upset? The local tea partiers. RIP to a guy who got things done and served well.

#1 | Posted by catdog at 2014-05-04 12:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

I went to high school with his son and daughter. My thoughts and prayers go out to their family.

#2 | Posted by justanoversight at 2014-05-04 04:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

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