Heidi Heitkamp Hiding Behind Her Twitter Account Again

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According to this Bismarck Tribune story from reporter Nick Smith, Senator Heidi Heitkamp will be holding yet another Twitter “town hall.”

“Heitkamp will begin taking questions at 11:15 a.m. Thursday,” reports Smith (Thursday next week, to be specific.

This will be Heitkamp’s third “town hall” on Twitter, where she enjoys the largest percentage of fake followers among North Dakota’s elected leaders, and the previous events have been poorly attended garnering just roughly two dozen participants between the two.

Earlier today I wrote about Rep. Cramer hosting another of his series of Coffee with Cramer events in Jamestown at which he got some tough questions about the situation in Spirit Lake and earned some applause from the crowd. So far, Rep. Kevin Cramer is the only member of North Dakota’s congressional delegation to hold face-to-face, in-person, open-forum town hall meetings with his constituents.

Senator Hoeven hasn’t held any open events, and Senator Heitkamp will only hold them with Twitter as a buffer between her and the hoi polloi.

There’s really not an excuse for this. Rep. Cramer is an at-large member of Congress, meaning he represents the entire state. Thus, his constituency isn’t any smaller than those of Hoeven of Heitkamp. And members of the House actually have a smaller budget for constituent communications than does members of the Senate on the presumption that all Senators represent entire states, whereas most members of the House represent only portions of their states.

If Rep. Cramer can find the time and the resources to present himself to his constituents for questions, praise and criticism why can’t Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp? And why can’t Heitkamp do it without a social media crutch?

Especially when Heitkamp and her fellow Democrats can certainly find the resources to send out trackers to record Rep. Cramer’s town hall meetings.

This matters. One of the things we North Dakotans have as an advantage of living in a small state is accessibility to our elected leaders. Unlike other states, it’s a lot easier to meet our delegation face to face. Which is why it’s so obnoxious that Senator Heitkamp would hold any town halls with her constituents except by social media.

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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  • Double Standard

    You beat up on Heitkamp regarding this issue in multiple posts yet in this post you mention Hoeven hasn’t held any public events, including social media events. I don’t see you beating up Hoeven’s camp on a regular basis for lack of accessibility. Obviously both senators should make themselves available in person but it appears Heitkamp, through Twitter, is doing more than Hoeven so why aren’t you calling him out every other week as well? Personal grudge against Heitkamp or just Democrats in general?

    • Thresherman

      Heitkamp ran on the idea that she was just an everyday North Dakotan and emphasized that by using only her nickname in her ads and now she can;t be bothered to meet them face to face. That is a double standard unique to her.

      • SusanBeehler

        Are you an everyday North Dakotan? She has been meeting with constituents, just not in the same venue as Representative Cramer. She has been at the Bismarck State College, she has meet with farmers all over the state, she has been at the tribal college, coffee shops, a park in Mandan, a park in Bismarck, you can even meet with her on twitter, facebook and through email, also one of her many offices.

        • Zodiac

          You can meet with her on Twitter, Facebook, and through email? Ha ha ha
          Ladies and gents…live from the Jamestown State Hospital…it’s Susan Beehler…

          • two_amber_lamps

            Those are the only venues SuzyB-bat#h!t cares about since they don’t let her outside all that often…

        • nogardener

          Oh yes, she’s pretty selective in her “venues” so as not to have to be faced by constituents with questions on the tough issues.

          • SusanBeehler

            What is the question on a “tough” issue you would ask?

          • sbark

            the tough issue…………What is a single success of the American Left on a major signature issue over the last 75 years.
            SS–going broke, basically a Ponzi scheme , Medicare—warped our Healthcare industry. War on Poverty–17 trillion spent and everything is worse. Abortion–50 million “missing”. Enviro—doesn’t even need to be said. Public and Private Union Mngt——has evolved to political money laundering. Big Govt of 80,000 pages of new regs yearly……

        • LenYol

          “…you can even meet with her on twitter, facebook and through email…”

          And how do you know it’s actually her that’s responding and not someone reading off a script?

          • SusanBeehler

            How do I know you are a real person not reading off of someone’s script, you hide behind an avatar? How do I know anyone is real on Facebook or on the internet or on youtube or twitter or a radio program or a podcast? How do you know the letters you receive from any company, any person, any legislator is from them, the real person? How do you know anything about anyone?

          • Lianne

            Excellent. So how DO we know that Heidi is REALLY Heidi. Your point exactly.
            Most letters from our legislators are written by their assistants.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            How do we know it is really Heidi Heitkamp answering Twitter questions?

          • SusanBeehler

            How do we know it is really Rob responding on this blog?

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Maybe I’m not. Maybe the entire internet is just am elaborate hoaxg

          • SusanBeehler

            Yeah and a very small group of people parade as Alex Jones and other blog/podcast personalities to promote their prepper products, conspiracy theories and to sell food supplements and such. I think it is Alex Jones behind all twitter posts and the real persona behind Rob?

          • LenYol

            Based on your statement, we’re now supposed to believe that just because you post a picture of a woman using the name Susan Beehler, you are actually a “real person” and not someone hiding behind a fake identity.
            But thanks for agreeing that you don’t know who’s responding to you on Twitter, Facebook or through email.
            I can see why no one likes you.

          • SusanBeehler

            LenYol your world may only be Rob Port’s blog, I do exist. LenYol you are the one hiding behind a fake identity, what are you afraid of no one will like you if they knew who you really were? Even people you think you know you may not really know, it is the human condition. Trust it comes down to trust. Who is the “no one” you are trying to fool?

          • LenYol

            Since you spend much more time on Rob’s blog than I do…..

            In your mind you seem to think that because someone doesn’t post a photo of a person in the avatar box, or uses an alternative name that makes them fake?

            I think Rob said it best:

            Rob Moderator
            SusanBeehler
            17 hours ago
            “I didn’t see your tweets in any of Heitkamps town halls.
            I think you’re lying.”

            You can’t be trusted.

      • Actual Dem

        True, Hoeven did run as a silver spoon child that inherited everything he got and expects everyone else to ‘earn’ theirs.

        The very definition of a Republican.

    • Lianne

      I think Rob has learned well from Eliot who just yesterday depicted the distinction between a temporary delay and an extended delay. The distinction here is that Hoeven hasn’t taken any action to meet with the public while Heidi’s has taken action. And it is the type of action that Rob finds obnoxious [‘meeting’ behind twitter(closed doors)]. I hope that helps. (Smirk)

      • SusanBeehler

        And twitter is not “closed doors” anyone can read the comments, particpate and it is very public. http://www.twitter.com sign up and talk to her if you want to talk to her.

        • Lianne

          Not everyone has twitter accounts, nor do they want them. Some people like to meet with their senators and representatives in an open forum, face to face. I suppose that is deemed old fashioned. twitter is like closed doors. No one knows who is really asking questions. But, the real question is ‘why is she so hesitant to hold public town hall meetings that are not set up for specific groups of people?’

          • Matthew Hawkins

            Are you actually making the argument that no access is better than some access because Hoeven might have access in the future.

          • Lianne

            Not at all. I believe in frequent public forums. I was not defending Hoeven or no access. Simply, that there is a distinction between action and no action as there is a distinction between short delay and extended delay. All with tongue in cheek!

          • SusanBeehler

            I like twitter, I use my real name and most who have particpated in her twitter town halls also use their real names. I like to meet with my senators and representatives face to face too, so I schedule meetings with them.
            I can tell you why I would not want to hold a “town hall” meeting on KFYR radio as Rep Cramer does, the radio station hosts are bias, the hosts do not keep control of the program and it ends up being a “roast” if someone has a different opinion. If people just want to bash our Senator Heitkamp, this is the forum which allows that type of “town hall” meeting and you seem to regularly attend and you are faceless, she is not. Why don’t you write an email to her and ask her why she does not hold the kind of public town hall meeting you want or suggest what kind of meetings you think she should be holding? Twitter is not closed doors it is very public. If you don’t go on twitter how would you know who is or isn’t asking questions?

          • Lianne

            Cramer has held several town hall meetings open to the public around the state. Therein, is the difference. Did I say I didn’t have twitter or use twitter??

          • SusanBeehler

            Which one of Cramer’s town halls did you attend? Not everyone is off during the day when he held his meetings either. No meeting or venue or media will work for “all” people to participate in.

          • Lianne

            So you agree with the idea of multi venues for each senator and representative such as Cramer using the radio AND local town hall meetings. Again, with my original question”‘why is she*(Heidi) so hesitant to hold public town hall meetings that are not set up for specific groups of people?”

          • SusanBeehler

            I agree with them choosing the venues which work for them and their constituents. Again if you want to know why……. ask her? Assuming she is hesitant is pure speculation. She is in Grand Forks today at the College. How many town halls do you expect a Senator not campaigning to hold? Why is your focus on Senator Heitkamp and not on Senator Hoeven? Where is Senator Hoevan’s town hall meetings? Personally if they are meeting with constituents and they are replying to emails/letters, and it is not a campaign year I don’t see it as an issue.

          • camsaure

            Well why don’t you ask Hoeven why he refuses to hold meetings? You may want to be careful though as Hoeven is almost as far left as you are. If it is wrong for Hoeven to hide, why isn’t it wrong for Hidey-Ho?

          • Lianne

            They represent us each and every year they are in office. I believe they should have town hall meetings open to the public several times each and every one of those years.

          • SusanBeehler

            Which towns and what time?

          • Lianne

            Why, are you doing the scheduling?

          • SusanBeehler

            Just curious what your expectation is?

          • 308T

            Maybe she should go on her brothers talk show in fargo, that program isn’t biased at all. BWAHAHAHA!!!!!!

          • devilschild

            .

          • Zodiac

            Yeah, those KFYR guys are bias, unlike Joel “Gappy” Heitkamp. He’s down the line, play no favorites. He’s like his sister, where he never lies.

            A comic book featuring Batman, Superman, and Spiderman makes more sense to me than the alternate reality you live in.

            A “roast” if someone disagrees with Cramer? Give me a break. Hennen and Bakken might not be your cup of tea, but they’re respectful to callers. Don’t go off lying. If you don’t like them fine, but lying isn’t cool.

            You need to go get your tune up Susan. You’re getting weird on here again.

          • SusanBeehler

            I am not lying it is my opinion they are not very good hosts. I think they are bias toward their beliefs, again my opinion. A “roast” if the callers and the hosts do not agree with whoever their guest is. They may be respectful to some callers but they are not necessarily respectful to some of their guests, especially if the guests do not have the same viewpoint as they do.

          • sbark

            but you think Joel Heitkamp’s omission of enough facts to get to his basis of a leftwing opinion is just fine……….Liberalism is a defense against reality.

          • SusanBeehler

            I did not state my opinion on Joel Heitkamp nor on Glen Beck nor on Bill O’Reiley nor on Rachel Maddow nor on Alex Jones. Locally I think Joel Heitkamp is more fair to guests of a differing opinion. Some radio personalities do a better job of not letting their personal views to be used as a weapon against a guest.

          • banjo kid

            Do you use your real name here ?

          • SusanBeehler

            Yes my real name is Susan Beehler, what is your real name?

          • banjo kid

            Sorry it is a secret, you could call me Rockey or Bulwinkle what ever but do not call me late for supper

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I didn’t see your tweets in any of Heitkamps town halls.

            I think you’re lying.

          • SusanBeehler

            I think you can’t see my tweets, maybe you have me blocked. I don’t recall saying I have participated in every one of her twitter town halls. I did pose this question during a twitter town hall.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I guess I find Heitkamp’s pretend town halls to be insulting. At least Hoeven is honest, not holding any events.

      But I mention his lack of town halls in every related post.

      Really, though, how do Hoeven’s actions excuse Heitkamp’s?

      • SusanBeehler

        And who dare insult Rob Port? How dare they insult you!? Maybe they don’t want to be accused of lying, like you seem to do when you think somebody says something they didn’t say, you just read another meaning into their words and call it “news”.

      • Matthew Hawkins

        So you think engaging constituents through social media is worse than not engaging at all?

        The truth is that it is purely partisan.

        You like Hoeven so you never have posts about him, but you practically attack heitkamp daily.

  • Vugg

    reid, pelosi, and obama had to be overjoyed when ND voters sent someone to DC that believes in the same socialist ideals. maybe we’ll hear from Hiding Heidi in the future – i’d like to hear if she still thinks “obama is going to be amazing, and obamacare is going to be amazing!”

    • SusanBeehler

      North Dakota is pretty socialistic with a state own bank and a state own mill, then all the school lands raking in the dough for our state government more socialistic that most states.

      • ec99

        And let’s not forget the ND governor who was tapped to run as Huey Long’s VP under the slogan “From Each According to His Ability, To Each According to His need.”

        • SusanBeehler

          You are that old to remember Huey?

          • ec99

            Everyone remembers The Kingfish.

  • Roy_Bean

    I’m sure she doesn’t want any questions about when she and the democrats went on strike against the American taxpayers, demanding more money for slush funds for their friends. During the democrat strike I called Hoeven’s office and talked to one of his staff, I called Cramer’s office and talked to the Congressman himself, and I called Comrade Hietkamp’s office and heard that her mail box was full. She was probably busy helping haul barricades to the WW2 memorial.

  • ec99

    Heidi has 5 years before she runs again; she could Heidibernate during that period. Cramer pretty much has to start campaigning the day after the elction.

    • SusanBeehler

      Yes, “elction” is coming

      • Lianne

        from the one who routinely uses ‘their’ for ‘there’! good on ya!

        • SusanBeehler

          Their, there, hear, here!

      • ec99

        Oh cut the pedantic crap! If we all had a buck for every typo here we’d be retired and living in Aruba.

        • SusanBeehler

          Their, there, hear, here!

          • ec99

            Your you’re!

          • LenYol

            SusanBeehler

            4 hours ago

            “North Dakota is pretty socialistic with a state own bank and a state own mill”

            OWNED

        • devilschild

          it’s either hear or they’re

          • Lianne

            You really tickled my funny bone with that!

  • WOOF

    The right to remain silent.

    • devilschild

      The right to remain silent only helps the guilty.

      • Yuna Braska

        Only if you’re a stupid sh!t for brains bigot who doesn’t have a clue about the purpose of said right (it actually protects us from an abuse of government authority)

        • devilschild

          It’s just a saying grandpa and no reason for you to go into another one of your profanity laced rants.

          • Drain52

            Ok, who left the toilet seat up for Lunatic Brassy to escape?

  • del

    She should just put a swastika on her forehead.

  • Yuna Braska

    Hey brainwashed psychotic stupids…. how are you f@ck tards tonight?

    I see the stupid fat lying F@#% is manufacturing outrage again.

    I guess if you people are too pathetically challenged to actually talk issues… you’re going to have to find something flap your witless bigoted gums about.

  • Vugg

    she’s too busy fight-fight-fighting for ‘us’.

  • toomuchguvmint

    Heidi Hiding Heitcamp

    • Yuna Braska

      Reminds me of the ‘what rhymes with Grimes” juvenile stupidity.

      Bravo, psychotic right wing stupid.

      • toomuchguvmint

        Employees pretending to represent the public need to make themselves available to take questions from the public at public forums. Those not brave enough and in hiding should resign or at least not take any compensation from the public.

  • Fred Flintstone

    She use the new technology! It steal our soul, take our children! Stone her!

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