Desperation: Democrats Accuse Rick Berg Of Wanting People To Burn To Death


It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Democrats. They’ve invested a lot of time and effort into propping up Heidi Heitkamp as a rising star who could keep Kent Conrad’s Senate seat from falling into Republican hands. But then three new independent polls gave Berg an average 5 point lead over Heitkamp, and her campaign seems to be imploding.

So, clearly, it’s “scrape the bottom of the barrel” time including this despicable ad accusing Berg of wanting to make North Dakotans less safe in order to enrich himself:

That may be one of the most disgusting political ads I’ve ever seen.

As I’ve written before, Heitkamp’s path to victory in this race has always hinged on her ability to make people hate Rick Berg. Her campaign has suggested he’s too rich. Her campaign has suggested that he doesn’t care about women’s issues like breast cancer. Now, apparently, Berg is just fine with letting people burn to death so that he can make a few extra sheckles.

If you needed confirmation that Democrats are feeling desperate in this Senate race, here it is. This is what desperation looks like.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Thresherman

    Stay classy, Democrats.

    • sbark

      If they would do that …….they would stay irrelavant, They have made political hay too many times to not do it. They think every election has a “maccaca” moment.

  • Mike Nagel

    Accusing him of opposing a safety regulation isn’t the same as saying he wants people to burn to death.

    • $8194357

      for the sake of the children of course…

  • Jay

    Rob, wasn’t someone on a previous thread saying the actions of Berg, Crossroads, and the NRSC told him all he needed to know about the state of the race? I wonder what he’d say about this obvious desperation tactic.

    • $8194357

      Joel loves hidey tho..
      He will say anything…

  • Jay

    Heitkamp’s version of Liddy Dole’s “Godless” ad?

  • TrlRdr

    Maybe retrofitting the buildings with fire protection measures would have made the units unaffordable for the people occupying that market segment. They would then be homeless. Perhap Rick Berg was prevent people freezing to death.

  • $8194357

    He is “almost” a conservitive….

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    The bill passed the House 56-35, so it was hardly a case where Berg was out of line, policywise.

  • grammie

    I so agree about how nasty nasty Heidi ads are I wrote a letter to the Bis. Tribune about how awful they were and said if Rick Berg was as bad as she and the Democrats say he is he should be put in jail. I am just beyond trying to understand this type of ads. If for no other reason Heidi should not try and represent ND when she allows this type of stuff to go on in her name. I only hope that people in Nd will not vote for her. I have heard nothing from the Tribune and I wrote the letter a couple of weeks nothing will be printed on the subject.

    • Berg Tojail

      If you could be arrested for greed Berg would be doing life in prison.

      • C. Y.

        If you could be arrested for success Berg would be doing life in prison.

        Fixed that for you.

      • Hal625

        Why do you hate Capitalism? Why do you hate America?

        • $8194357

          Indoctrinated leftist useful idiot appoligist lemming
          foot soldier to the cause of deconstruction?
          Just a “shot” in the dark….

      • $8194357

        Class warefare don’t sell anymore Joel..

  • sbark

    Yup……the only people the GOP want to stay alive are the unborn unaborted kids………everyone else they want to burn to death, starve to death, freeze outside or cancer of some form or another…..
    If people would just sit back and realize they are being insulted intellectually by every one of these dem’cat ads……the ave. IQ of our voting population would double.

  • sue

    This was disgusting. The ad is the worst one yet. I could not believe the one where lady discussed her cancer and it became Berg’s fault.

    • $8194357

      Conservitives are the “root of all evil” acording to leftists marxists..

  • Bergalur

    What is worse Berg burning people or forcing them into bankruptcy from health care cost? This rat will get you one way or the other.

    • $8194357

      (What is worse)
      Your indoctrinated ignorance and hatred perhaps…

  • Rick Olson

    The Democrats got past the desperate stage a few weeks ago. They’re throwing everything, every bit of mud, even the kitchen sink at Berg in the hopes that something, anything has even the remotest chance of sticking. I have no idea how Heidi Heitkamp can lend her good name to all the lies that have been fired at Rick Berg by all those third parties that have really been doing her campaigning for her (Majority PAC, National Democratic Senatorial Committee, others) and be able to sleep at night.

    • $8194357

      She’s a liberal thats why she can sleep at night after
      embracing the lies she embraces..
      Right Joel?
      Alinsky’s “Just win” mentality..

  • Albert Lickenspittle

    Berg has done absolutely nothing to help the people of North Dakota. We could have elected a monkey to go to Washington and vote the Republican obstructionist line. As the working class in North Dakota goes backwards and the rich steal every snippet of hope Berg does nothing. Berg the rat comes out of his hole only to vote for tax breaks for the rich and destroy health care for the working class. What does anyone see in this greedy man who will personally gain $250,000 from the Bush Tax cuts every year? These dogs driven mad by greed simply need to sign the Grover Norquist pledge and take the NRA oath and they are elected. A more pathetic bunch would be hard to assemble than the right wing weasels that are currently the darlings of the low information voters.

    • Hal625

      There is a reason we threw out Pomeroy and gave Berg a try. In two weeks we will know if North Dakotans are pleased with the result. Get used to it, Republicans will control this State for generations, the issues are on our side.

    • tony_o2

      Income in ND has been rising over the past several years. So how can you say we’re going backwards?

  • JW -American

    Crap, as a result of this thread, I went to the website “north dakota way” thinking it was some new dem blog site, rats, I find out its paid for by Hide-yee for senate, although you have to look real close to find that out.

    Now the ads are all Hide-yee’s crap.
    she is not very photogentic if you know what im say’n

  • philipgray

    Anybody who has ever known a Heitkamp in Hankinson, Mantador, Cayuga, Lidgerwood and my hometown knows they are capable of anything…
    The new ads do not surprise me but it is a little to late to save the socialists from Mantador.
    The Heitkamps, and yes that includes the HEIDI heifers, know what they are capable of.
    Think of this…
    If HEIDI HEIFER does not win, it is over for the crew….
    Would’nt that be just as nice as apple crisp if that happened?
    I would think so. I will not repeat my facts about them…
    When a person of such low personal credentials stoop to this…allow it…realize how desperate they truely are as people and candidates…
    Joel…… know my number…anytime….anyplace…
    Heidi…desperation in politics shows as person’s true persona….
    YOU suck HEIDI….been saying it for 30 years guys…
    Let the lickspittles.>>>PORTLYS…and the like comment…will not respond to kids….
    Laughing my ass off thinking of what Joel will say tomorrow….
    Little info here….
    Joel or Heidi will not win in his own area?
    Ask yourselves why…some of us already knew long ago
    Senator Rick Berg….I will say by 9-12 points…mark it…

  • philipgray

    Guys, do not respond to the idiots out there..
    Just relax and have a laugh about them…You ever notice they say the same stuff..
    Its laughable and not worth anyone time nor effort…
    Rick will win, they are just starting to whine a bit, serves them right I guess.
    Its a joke guys….just think of what kind of people are commenting and what they would be like if you meet them in person…

  • Todd Harig

    The first time (& subsequent 50 times) I’ve seen this advertisement, it just makes me want to throw something at the TV. This ad provides blatent falsehoods directed at those who have already made their minds up to vote for Heidi anyway. JUST AWFUL!!