Heidi Heitkamp’s Sharp, Post-Election Leftward Shift

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It seems North Dakota is seeing a much different Heidi Heitkamp now that the election is over and she’ll be in the US Senate. Heitkamp has been busy already setting up the fundraising apparatus to help her win her next election six years hence. Apparently so busy she can’t begin to follow through on some of the campaign promises she made.

As Senator John Hoeven leads the charge to build the Keystone pipeline, writing a letter to President Obama demanding action, Senator-elect Heitkamp has been silent, not even lending her voice to Hoeven’s despite being in the same party as Obama and sharply criticizing him over that specific issue during the campaign.

As the fiscal cliff looms, both Hoeven and Representative-elect Kevin Cramer have made their feelings about tax and spending policy clear. Heitkamp couldn’t be reached for comment.

During the campaign, Heidi Heitkamp said she wanted to reform the bad parts of Obamacare that will make health care and health insurance more expensive for Americans, but when a group of Democrat Senators (including two Senator-elects from Heitkamp’s “freshman class” of Senators) wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to delay a new tax on medical devices Heitkamp’s name was nowhere to be found on the document.

Now Heitkamp has appointed an SEIU union boss and outspoken supporter of the violent, thuggish Occupy Wall Street movement as her state director, and as the nation debates gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut, suddenly Heitkamp is “too busy” to talk about the issue despite casting herself as “gun friendly” during the campaign.

“Democratic Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp’s senior adviser, Liam Forsythe, said she was busy and did not have time to comment,” reported the Bismarck Tribune.

Elections have consequences, and I think North Dakotans are getting a preview of just how far to the left Senator Heitkamp will be as compared to candidate Heitkamp. In the proud tradition of Kent Conrad, Byron Dorgan and Earl Pomeroy, the erstwhile “Team North Dakota,” Heitkamp will say one thing here in North Dakota and govern much differently in Washington DC.

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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  • Roy_Bean

    But she’s so “nice”, except that you can’t believe a word she says.

  • kevindf

    She’s a cancer survivor, so she is above reproach no matter what she does.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    She had time to go on Ed Schultz’s radio program.


  • zipity

    I am SHOCKED. SHOCKED I tell you! *SNORT*

    Her politics are/were/always-will-be redder than her hair. Everyone who voted for her after buying her “centrist” campaign BS should be committed to a home for the hopelessly gullible.

  • Lynn Bergman

    This lame duck congress will rightly kick the “deficit” can down the road into the 113th session. Major legislation should not come from lame ducks. The “fiscal cliff” is really a “step up to the plate”. The media are dumb as “boxes of rocks” to think Republicans will extend the recession by voting for any tax increase..

    It will be enjoyable to watch Heitkamp struggle and squirm as the infamous “farm program” is eliminated along with the other 87.5% spending cuts… and 12.5% pro-growth tax reforms that are implemented in legislation very similar to Simpson-Bowles.
    Ironically, her votes will be forgotten in six years when she is up for re-election and our national economy is booming due to oil and gas development. Too many farmers will still be voting for the checks they want back in their mailboxes! Once a leach, always a leach.
    To farmers accepting no checks…BRAVO!!!! YOU are my real heros.

  • LibertyFargo

    Move along people… nothing (new) to see here…


  • yy4u2

    “It seems North Dakota is seeing a much different Heidi Heitkamp now that the election is over and she’ll be in the US Senate.”
    Not the ones that didn’t vote for her.

  • sbark

    She didnt even have to wear a plaid shirt in a wheat field…..n.dak got easy

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    I think everyone will be surprised just how far left Heidi will be, she will give Feinstein and Pelosi a run.

  • jerry

    This is news?

  • Greg

    Um – she hasn’t even taken office yet. Don’t you think it is Conrad’s job right now to work with Sen. Hoeven? How can one fulfill campaign promises before one takes office? Not a valid criticism.

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      Um, other democrat Senator-elects are doing these things. Kevin Cramer, who isn’t in office yet, has had time to share his views.

      It is valid criticism.

  • Brian Bertha

    its all Bush’s fault

  • VocalYokel

    I’ll bet she made her “Sharp, Post-Election Leftward Shift” because she’s ‘independent.’

  • Sky Rider

    So you are saying Heitkamp lied during the campaign? That’s suppose to surprise us? This shift wasn’t expected? Wait; I got this. Yes, No, Yes … There’s no news here. She’s doing what every democrat does; lie thoroughly enough to get elected and then show their true character, or lack there of, after winning the election.

  • 11B40


    Senatress Heidi Hei made an introductory appearance on this evening’s Progressive (née Public) Broadcasting System’s “PBS NewsHour” program. The interviewer sure seemed happy to see her. No leftistism was outed.

  • Legalize Capitalism

    “Waaaaaaah Heidi Heitkamp knows how to raise money waaaaaaaaah.”
    And now she’s getting…organized!…to do it. The shame of it.

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      Well it shows where her priorities are. Certainly not in living up to her campaign promises.