Heidi Heitkamp Has No Integrity

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I don’t normally post a lot of videos produced by the Republican party, because they’re usually sort of shallow political point-scoring, but I really like this one from the NRSC celebrating the two-year anniversary of Heidi Heitkamp’s embrace of Obamacare.

The video juxtaposes video of Heitkamp’s vigorous, passionate endorsement of Obamacare with her more recent comments questioning the law. At the end, the video says “integrity matters,” and that’s an important point.

Heitkamp’s flip-flop goes beyond mere disagreement over Obamacare. Whatever you may think of the health care law, the fact is that Heitkamp is being dishonest about her position on the issue. She was once, literally, a cheerleader for the law standing on stage and leading rallies of liberals and union activists in support of the law. Now, as a federal candidate, she’s claiming she was skeptical of the law.

Yet, she never communicated that skepticism before.

It’s one thing for Heitkamp to embrace a policy that’s unpopular with North Dakotans. An honest disagreement on policy between Heitkamp and those she’s asking to elect her, while not politically convenient, is at least honest.

But Heitkamp isn’t being honest.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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