Duluth Airshow Can't Escape Politics
Posted at: 09/23/2012 7:52 PM
| Updated at: 09/23/2012 10:40 PM
By: Laurie Stribling & Zach Hammer
8th District Congressional Candidate Rick Nolan visited the air show to start a conversation about aviation issues. Nolan said keeping and expanding the aviation industry in the Northland is important, and provides extensive employment.
“Air travel indeed does equal jobs,” Nolan said. “If you go to high unemployment areas, you will not find good air transportation services. It's an integral part of the infrastructure.”
Nolan also took aim at Chip Craavack's record regarding the aviation industry.
“Couple of first things he did when he got to congress was to vote against Essential Air Services for our regional airports,” Nolan said. “Vote against and work against the expansion of the terminal here in Duluth. (He) came out in opposition to the acquisition of Cirrus which enabled them to stay in business."
Cravaack's camp responded to Nolan in a statement. His advisor, Ben Golnik, said Nolan misrepresented facts.
This is the full statement from Cravaack's office.
"Former Congressman Rick Nolan has resorted to distorting facts in a shameless attempt to score political points. This is a typical move from a career politician who is desperate to return to Washington.
Chip Cravaack, a former commercial airline pilot, led the House working group which was charged with crafting a long-term FAA reauthorization after years of gridlock. Importantly, Cravaack worked to ensure that no Minnesota airports lost Essential Air Service.
Chip Cravaack will continue to focus on bringing more jobs back to the 8th District by supporting pro-growth tax reform to aid small businesses and reducing regulatory barriers to economic growth."