If DFLer Nolan Will Attack Cravaack’s Autistic Son…
The DFL ad attacking Cravaack for moving his family so it would be safe was pulled by TV stations, but they can’t refuse a candidate’s ad because its protected. But just because DFLer Nolan can run this ad attacking a father for protecting his autistic son, doesn’t mean Nolan should.
If he’s willing to attack a political opponent’s autistic son, what won’t he do? He tries to shield himself by claiming Cravaack is running a dirty smear campaign, but if you attack a man for protecting his innocent child, what do you call that?
BILL HANNA Executive Editor
It was a routine summer evening in July 2011 for 8th District U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack’s family.
The congressman was at a town hall meeting in North Branch, about a 40-minute drive from his home in Lindstrom.
His wife, Tracy, who commuted during the week from Minnesota to Boston and back for her job with a pharmaceutical company, was at work on the East Coast.
The two boys, Nick, then 10, and Grant, then 7, were playing at home while being watched by a babysitter. Nick, who is autistic, was swinging on a set that the congressman had built for him in the basement.
“Swinging soothes him. He’ll be literally down there for hours. He goes into a spectrum. He calls it ‘frolic,’” Cravaack said in a recent telephone interview.
Then an accident at home happened that forced a change in the family’s way of life. Nick hit his head on a small opening of the padding that had been placed in the basement. He was knocked unconscious.
Yes, in previous cycles Cravaack and others have made an issue out of how former 8th District Congressman Oberstar lived in Maryland, not Minnesota. Oberstar lived in a giant mansion in Maryland and only came home for ribbon cutting ceremonies and DFL rallies. He wasn’t out holding townhalls across the District like Cravaack while his children were with a babysitter and his wife was on the East coast….
How low will Democrats go?