October 27, 2022
“Skilled and willing to buck her party, she’s best suited to represent a balanced group of constituents.”
Burnsville, MN – The Star Tribune Editorial Board endorsed Rep. Angie Craig for a third term in Congress.
In their endorsement, the Editorial Board called Rep. Craig “one of the most effective members of the state’s congressional delegation.” They praised her pragmatism, her expertise in health care issues and her “willingness to push back against her own party when it’s being counterproductive.”
As part of their commentary on Tyler Kistner, who refused a meeting with them, the Editorial Board said, “In a recent debate, he couldn’t bring himself to say unequivocally that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential vote. That’s a problem.”
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Skilled and willing to buck her party, she’s best suited to represent a balanced group of constituents.
- The Star Tribune Editorial Board recommends that voters choose this year as they did in 2020 to return Craig to Washington. It would be her third term.
- The Editorial Board considers her to be one of the most effective members of the state’s congressional delegation.
- She’s willing to push back against her party when she senses it’s being counterproductive. An example she gives is her behind-the-scenes resistance to eliminating the provision of the tax code that allows for resetting the cost basis of an inheritance to its market value at the time of bequest. This limits future capital gains taxes. Removing the provision would affect the generational transfer of small farms, of which the Second District has many.
- In a video interview with the Editorial Board, Craig conveyed knowledge of her district, an awareness of nuance in government work, a command of how the House functions, and an interest in taking on dry but valuable subjects — for example, health care reinsurance programs that can keep premiums more manageable. Her expertise in health care has been a particular strength and has led, among other things, to the provision of the Inflation Reduction act that caps out-of-pocket insulin costs and the patch to the Affordable Care Act that removed a coverage impediment for families.
- As to faith in elections, only one party threatens the reliable transfer of power, and it’s Kistner’s. In a recent debate, he couldn’t bring himself to say unequivocally that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential vote. That’s a problem. He did say he’d abide by this year’s district results, which is the minimum he could do.