Character, compassion and respect

Dear Editor:

I received the following as an email a while back. After verifying it and learning that this is consistent behavior for Chip, I sent it to several on my email list and thought I’d share it here.

Email sent from a friend:

“The end of June our son flew to Washington D.C. on business. He boarded the plane on Sunday afternoon. As he passed through the 1st Class Section, he saw Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative from the St. Louis Park area sitting in 1st class.  Our son returned that same week on Thursday. Sitting two rows behind him in coach was Chip Cravaack, our 8th District U.S. Representative.This past Saturday at the Pine City Parade I told Chip about our son’s observations on the plane a few weeks back. I then added that I assumed because Congressman Ellison flies often and was flying on Sunday, the airline probably bumped him to first class without extra charge. Chip smiled and said, I, too, am offered a free upgrade to 1st Class often, but I never take it. I asked him why he doesn’t take it. He said on almost every flight there is a soldier or someone from the military. I give my upgraded seat to them and I take their seat, which he said is usually a middle row seat.

Wow, what character!”

Karen Kutney