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Cravaack Picks Up Operating Engineers Union Endorsement

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Cravaack Picks Up Operating Engineers Union Endorsement

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The International Operating Engineers Local 49 union has endorsed Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack's re-election bid, the union announced Thursday night.

Earlier this week, the union held open meetings for members in the 8th District to hear from Cravaack and the three DFLers looking to replace him. After meeting with the candidates, "the strong majority voted to endorse Congressman Chip Cravaack," according to a statement from the union.

Specifically, the union applauded Cravaack for voting against several attempts to dial back prevailing wage laws, as well as his support for construction projects such as the Keystone Pipeline, the Polymet mining project and a new St. Croix River bridge.

"When we took a look at Congressman Cravaack's term in office, it became clear that he has done a good job of staying away from partisan Washington politics, and really focusing on bread and butter issues that are important to construction workers in his district," the group said in a statement. "He is not afraid to stand up to his party when he disagrees with their direction, and his votes reflect that. …

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