Cravaack agrees to town hall, protesters cheer

Amid mounting pressure, 8th District GOP congressman Chip Cravaack has announced he will hold an open town hall meeting tomorrow afternoon at the Duluth airport (Capitol View).

MPR's Dan Kraker reports:

Cravaack, a freshman Republican who represents Minnesota's 8th District, has been taken to task by constituents and national publications for the meetings he's held during the August recess. The only free, open-to-all meetings took place only in relatively remote places that are long drives from Duluth.

Political observers say such tactics increasingly are taken by politicians to avoid events that often produce heated public exchanges such as the heated town hall meetings that followed votes by Congress on the federal health care overhaul.

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