In First Television Commercial Kevin Cramer Says He’ll Be “Rock Solid” On Economy


It may be a testament to just how comfortable Republican House candidate Kevin Cramer feels in his race that he rarely seems to mention his opponent Democrat Pam Gulleson. Aside from a letter to the Fargo Forum a couple of weeks ago rebutting Gullesons furious accusations about unethical campaign contributions, prompted it seems more by the fact that the Forum didn’t even bother to call Cramer for comment on the story they wrote about the accusations than anything else, Cramer doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about Gulleson at all.

She doesn’t merit a mention in his first television ad either, which is a positive piece talking about North Dakota’s economy and Cramer’s intent to keep it strong and growing.

Cramer’s in an enviable position. Every poll in this race so far has shown him with a comfortable lead, and Gulleson’s increasingly shrill accusations against Cramer (she most recently, and absurdly, accused him of breaking the state’s bribery laws) don’t seem to be getting a bit of traction. Frankly, they smack of desperate candidate in need of attention.

Which makes me wonder if there isn’t a lesson in the Gulleson/Cramer race for the Heitkamp/Berg race. North Dakotans love splitting the ballot between Republicans and Democrats, it’s true, but it’s hard to imagine Heitkamp performing as well as some of the hype in the Senate race would have us believe when Gulleson is evidently doing so poorly.

Rob Port is the editor of 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

    Rick Berg is just an easier target than Cramer coupled with the fact that as a lawyer, Heidi has an easier time representing a position that may not be true. It just isn’t natural for Pam to push the phony war on women like Heidi has been doing and I would bet she had a hard time with the bribery thing.

  • VocalYokel

    I’ll never forget good ol’ whatshername…

  • HideFromObama

    And Heidi already has a large amount of name recognition that Pam Gulleson didn’t have.

    • Rob

      That’s true, but she’s also got a harder record to overcome than Gulleson.

  • Guest

    Berg started out with a big lead and went on defense with his rather dull personality. Cramer ran an upbeat Primary Election campaign and it appears he’s doing the same with the General Election. If he ever felt the needed to attack Gulleson, those fears were relieved after the debate last week. If Cramer keeps touting ND accomplishments and solutions to what is killing our nation, he’ll get 60%. Berg should have come out of the gates the same way but lacks the personality to pull it off.

    • Rob

      I wrote a while back that Berg ought to spend more time campaigning with Cramer. He’d benefit a great deal from it.