Just 13 days ago, I warned that supporters of U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Kevin Cramer should be careful of being overconfident in the race to dethrone Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. I stand by that belief. There’s simply no advantage to letting up in a race like this. Having said that, it may be an understatement to say that things have taken a sharp turn for the worse for the Heitkamp campaign since I wrote that article.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that Senator Heitkamp had voted against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — a confirmation that the majority of North Dakotans supported — her campaign then went and published an “Open Letter to Congressman Cramer” listing the names of women they purported to be survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and rape. Only some of the women on the list didn’t grant permission for their names to be published. Some weren’t even Heitkamp supporters. And at least one even said she wasn’t a survivor of any of those things. Heitkamp later apologized, but some feel there’s still unanswered questions regarding the situation.
This, of course, isn’t even mentioning the fact that the Heitkamp campaign is still running an ad about Congressman Cramer that has been proven to be false— even after he called her out on it in their recent debate. Oh, and there’s also the radio ads featuring former North Dakota Democratic senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan that would have us believe they were some sort of fiscal conservatives during their time in Washington, DC— and that Heitkamp is too. All of this led me to write last week that her campaign is one of desperation.
To be honest, these aren’t even all the missteps of Heidi Heitkamp. And as if it wasn’t bad enough for North Dakota’s lone Democratic Senator to be polling behind Cramer, the previously reported 12-point deficit is now being reported as a 16-point shellacking. And that was before Project Veritas released — just hours ago — undercover video of Heitkamp’s own staff acknowledging that if she’s re-elected she will be “super liberal”.
You really need to watch this video for yourself. While it’s content isn’t entirely surprising to many of us, it just may be politically damning for a sitting Democratic U.S. Senator who’s trying to convince North Dakotans that she’s some sort of moderate. Indeed, if Senator Heidi Heitkamp loses this race, she’ll have nobody to blame but herself.
Here’s the aforementioned video. It’s pretty self-explanatory: