Heidi Heitkamp Picks SEIU/Occupy Wall Street Activist As State Director


Heidi Heitkamp may have campaigned as a right-of-center, “moderate” Democrat but it’s pretty clear she’s going to govern from left field. At least judging by who she is picking as her staff.

As state director, Heitkamp has picked former SEIU union activist Ryan Nagle. His past assignments for the SEIU have been opposing “right to work” law in Minnesota (Nagle thinks “employee freedom” sounds Orwellian), and promoting Obamacare here in North Dakota as a part of the union’s “Change That Works” initiative.

Nagle served as a plant during one of Earl Pomeroy’s phony teleconference “Obamacare” town halls back in 2009, and he represented the SEIU in a coalition that hosted a pro-Obamacare rally in August of 2009 which was headlined by none other than Heidi Heitkamp herself.

As an activist for the SEIU in Minnesota, Nagle was supportive of the Occupy Wall Street movement (here’s a post he put up on the Minnesota SEIU’s website detailing the union’s support for the violent, thuggish movement). You can read a laundry list of Nagle’s far-left, pro-Occupy Wall Street writings on the SEIU Minnesota site here.

Since North Dakota is a staunchly right-to-work state that, in poll after poll, has voiced strong opposition to Obamacare and didn’t have much truck with the Occupy Wall Street movement (North Dakota was too busy, you know, working) you’d think Heitkamp would have picked someone more in line with her constituents’ views for such a prominent position.

Heitkamp has a long time before she has to worry about re-election – six years! – so she has a long time to put that very, very narrow election-day victory behind her. But even so, you wouldn’t think she’d want to start her time in office by taking a sharp left-hand turn out of the gates.

Update: The Occupy Wall Street movement officially endorses Heitkamp’s pick.

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.

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  • kevindf

    Was there ever any doubt? She knows voters’ memories are short.

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      yet the moron’s in our state voted for this leftwing liberal that will rubber stamp Obama’s agenda.

      • kevindf

        But she is one of those rare cancer survivors, doncha’ know? They get carte blanche even if they don’t follow the dietary guidelines that were prescribed.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Well this is an opportunity for Rob here at Say Anything to build up his readership as Heidi’s true leftist colors show.

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      I am sure that Rob will be all over it.

  • dakotacyr

    This is an excellent choice. Well done, Senator-elect Heitkamp.

    • Flyby_Knight

      He should get along great with the business community here in NoDak. Clearly this pick reflects Heidi’s moderate political beliefs. /sarcasm

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Ill give credit to Heitkamp for ending the charade of being a moderate Republican which she perpetuated during the campaign.

      • dakotacyr

        oh Puleeze, get a grip. She will represent North Dakota just fine. Put on your big boy pants and quit whining.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          She promised she’d represent all North Dakotans. But her primary contact in the state is a far-left, anti-business occupier.

          Makes no sense at all. Until you realize that Heitkamp ran a dishonest campaign.

      • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

        Rob I am shocked that anyone thought she was a moderate.

  • http://www.oneyearintexas.com Perfect Circles

    most of North Dakota doesn’t read this blog or care about the way you try to frame issues. unleash the power of 1000 farts.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I don’t think it’s “framing” the issue to point out that this pick is at odds with how Heitkamp said she’d govern.

    • sbark

      Your right in that this is an issue that the Fargo Forum and Bismarck Tribune should have on their front pages………

      They were also complicit in coverup of the lies for decades from Pommeroy, Conrad and Dorgan who came home, dressed in plaid shirts, stood in a few wheat feilds——and then ran to DC to push Left wing radical issues such as Fannie Mae, Welfare mentality and in Conrads case, single handidly helped push this countries debt to 16.5 trillion.

      The Forum and Tribune should get tired of being handled in the same way a wife beater persuades her to be an enabler.

  • http://www.oneyearintexas.com Perfect Circles


  • Rick Olson

    Heidi Heitkamp is clearly a liberal. Is she a left-wing wingnut? I suppose it depends upon who you ask. Time will tell how she will serve in the U.S. Senate, what issues she will take on, etc. Rob’s right. She has a long time before she has to worry about getting re-elected. Six years. During this time she will either shine in the U.S. Senate, and represent her state with honor and dignity. If she does that, she can pretty much count on getting re-elected time and again over the next couple of decades as her predecessor did. Many of us may not live long enough to see that happen. Or else, she’ll fall flat on her face out there, and a good Republican challenger could beat her in 2018. We shall have to see what happens.

  • Patrick R. Pfeiffer

    The Heitkamp-Berg campaign was a clone of the Obama-Romney campaign. Just substitute “Goldmark” for “Bain.”
    Heidi viciously demonized Berg; stressed her “likeable” personality over policy; and out-right misrepresented her beliefs and how she would govern. That Heidi’s campgain ran a mirror-image of Obama’s is not surprising given her access to top level Washington firepower like her big contributor Harry Reid. The left wanted this seat, badly.
    Meanwhile, Berg was reluctant to get aggressive with his opponent and stressed only that she was “nice, but wrong.” Same crap Romney did with Obama. He was also over-confident in polling and played defense the whole time.
    And the result is, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and another “talk conservative at home, vote liberal in Washington” liberal in the Senate from ND.
    On an unrelated matter, a big award for temerity to the honorable Senator Conrad for all this talk about “how easy it would be to solve the fiscal cliff problem” on his way out the door after presiding over rampant deficit spending his entire career and not passing a budget the past 4. You’ve got a pair, Senator-no doubt about it.

  • Roy_Bean

    Given the track record of the occupy crowd I’m sure that she wanted to choose someone who would represent her views here in North Dakota.

  • Paul Overby

    Thanks for pointing this out. The chairman of the Republican Party should also have put out a news release condemning her pick. Pretty obvious that most of us won’t be welcome to share our ND ideas when the office is going to be run by a radical activist.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Yeah, the NDGOP should speak out about this. It’s important for North Dakotans to know the sort of radicalism Heitkamp is inviting into her staff.

      Heitkamp said she’d be a leader for all North Dakotans. This pick clearly doesn’t reflect that.