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. 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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