Let’s Be Happy That Senator Kent Conrad Is Taking His Dog And Going Home

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Kent Conrad’s infatuation with his dog, a white bichon frisé named Dakota, has become the stuff of Senate lore. Countless news articles have mentioned how the Senator is never far from his pet, even as Conrad moves about the capitol. But, as the New York Times notes, Conrad’s fetish for his canine companion won’t be a staple of the menagerie of capitol hill weirdness any longer:

The dog, Dakota, reflecting Mr. Conrad’s home state of North Dakota, was as much a fixture in the halls of the upper chamber as marble staircases and indignant news conferences. It was often toted around by a staff member who tried valiantly to maintain his dignity as he cuddled the fluffy pet while its owner voted. Dakota will hardly be the only piece of current Capitol culture to depart.

I don’t begrudge anyone their pets, but it’s always grated on my sense of propriety that Conrad used his staffers as dog sitters, as if they were his servants and not aids paid for by the tax dollars to facilitate his job as a legislator.

A minor abuse of power, perhaps, but one indicative of a man grown far too impressed with his own status.

Good riddance.

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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  • kevindf

    The dog should have been named “Delaware.” I doubt it has ever seen the Dakotas.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That’s so true. And, when Conrad retires, he’s sure not going back to that four-plex apartment in Bismarck (which he never really lived in to begin with). He’ll retire to his $3.1 million Delaware beach house financed with the VIP loan he got for helping bail out subprime mortgages.

      • camsaure

        Sad but true, when he should be spending time in Federal prison(without the dog) for the Countrywide scandal as well as treason.

      • DelawareBeachHouse

        The main Conrad/Calautti abode remains the town house on Capitol Hill, A Street SE. The beach house is a beach house.

    • ND in MD

      Not to worry, the dog’s name will be changed shortly. The name change will be announced at the party Conrad has to celebrate his final break with ND and to burn the last of his seldom worn flannel shirts.

      • camsaure

        I guess he could use the flannel shirts for bedding for his dog. The bigger problem is that he used the US constitution to paper train the dog.

        • ND in MD

          S true, so very, very true.

  • OldConserv2011

    Good riddance to the both of them. The closest association any of them have had to North Dakota is only through the dog’s name. Conrad hasn’t done a thing in his past several terms that had anything to do with the welfare of his constituents here in North Dakota. I wonder who will dog sit for him now that he’ll have no taxpayer paid staffers.

  • Guest

    I think it was Harry Truman that said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog”

    Edit: The fact that I couldn’t even make a simple post about pets in the Senate without being attacked just goes to show the right-wingers on this site have nothing constructive to offer but lowbrow assaults. Apologies for bringing actual facts and evidence to support my arguments. I know how hard it must be for you to realize your positions are wholly without merit. Guess I’ll have to just start posting under an unregistered name.

    • willieB

      So, you were a Senate Page. You being passed around and used as a cum dumpster explains your extreme mental issues, and being a democrat.

      • Guest

        Even being a Senate page would be better than being virgin loser who never left Mom’s basement who has to denigrate the accomplishments of others to conceal his insecurity at having a small dick and total lack of worth.

        • willieB

          Thanks for confirming that you were passed around and used as a cum dumpster.
          As far as my dick goes, you didn’t mind gagging on it, and, you really weren’t that good.

          • Guest

            Thank you for confirming that you’re a virgin loser who has to insult others to mask his own insecurity.

            I think you had me mistaken for someone else though. Their gagging was probably them trying to hold back laughter at your small size.

          • willieB

            Nope, little “page boy”, it was you, gagging on my 8 1/2 inches.

          • smallwillie

            sorry no, it’s understandable though since must be hard to remember all the guys you’ve had sex with. please learn to use the correct side of the ruler. millimeters are much smaller than inches.

          • Guest

            lol, why would you use only an average size dick to counter that insult? it’s like being called a retard and bragging about a c average in high school.

          • willieB

            My average 8 1/2 incher is no comparison to that 12 inch dildo your favorite Senator always shoved up your a*s.

          • Guest

            Please tell us no more about your 8 1/2 inch dildo.

          • willieB

            Ah…another one of your fantasies revealed. Hey cum dumpster, I found a picture of your latest bed partner.

          • respondifyousuckcock

            Says the person whose been fantasying about getting head from Azulu all day.

          • willieB

            Well, he offered. But he wants me to make believe I’m a Senator.

          • anonymous

            Please, you’d have to have left your basement for that to have occurred, let alone lost enough fat to find your dick. At least when you come to your senses and place a revolver in your mouth, you’ll think fondly of the time you sat online trading insults with someone you’ve never met.

          • willieB

            At least when you come to your senses and place a revolver in your
            mouth, you’ll think fondly of the time you sat online trading insults
            with someone you’ve never met.

          • Anonymous

            So the best you can do is simply coping off me? At least when you come to your senses and place a revolver in your mouth, you’ll think fondly of the time you sat online trading insults with someone you’ve never met.

          • willieB

            That’s copying, not coping, you uneducated neer-do-well.
            Don’t trip over your big floppy shoes on your way out. LOLOLO!!!

          • Anonymous

            Ah yes just like Proof, grammar critiques about an un-editable post. At least when relent to your better reason and place a revolver in your mouth, you’ll think fondly of the time you sat online trading insults with someone you’ve never met.

          • Anonymous

            Ten minutes without a response, has willieb relented to his better reason and placed that revolver in his mouth? The only verification we will have is that the world will seem to be a better place.

          • Anonymous

            It’s been half an hour without a response scrim willies. And this thread, just like the world, are better without him.

          • Trish

            That’s what most of us would say about you too.

          • Anonymous

            LOL, best you can do is reflect the comment back. What an unthinking parasite. That’s what ALL of us world KNOWS about you.

        • guest

          Speaking of Mommies, does yours know your a co*k sucker?

          • Guest

            No, but your Mom expressed concern about your voracious c*ocksucking while she was doing the same to me. Guess it runs in the family.

          • guest

            Is that the best you can do?

          • guestsucker

            says the guy who who’s best comment was merely saying cocksucker

          • guest

            “guestsucker” LOL!!! Of course you can suck off “guest” Is that the best self description you could come up with? But, thanks again for confirming that you’re just a co*k sucker. You must be loving all this attention.

          • respondifyousuckcock

            Like an author taking on a pen name inspired by another, it’s an homage to you and all the cocksucking you do.

          • azulu

            You really should stop talking to your mirror, it’s a sign of mental illness.

          • anonymous

            You responded to respondifyousuckcock, for shame. It’s so boring to trade insults with someone’s who best comeback amount to “I know you are, but what am I?” At least when you come to your senses and place a revolver in your mouth, you’ll think fondly of the time you sat online trading insults with someone you’ve never met.

          • azulu

            You responded to respondifyousuckcock

          • anonymous

            That was you. At least when you come to your senses and place a revolver in your mouth, you’ll think fondly of the time you sat online trading insults with someone you’ve never met.

    • azulu the tool

      “Guess I’ll have to just start posting under an unregistered name.”

      Why not use the name….Mike Quinn?

      • inmemoriam

        I was thinking something more along the lines of anonymouscoward, in honor of you.

        • azulu the tool

          Well, thanks for your self description. I’m sure it’s quite accurate.

          • respondifyousuckcock

            It’s an homage to you; stupidfuckingshitforbrains was rather hard to read.

          • azulu the tool

            LOLOLOLO!!! You’re so lame. This isn’t fun anymore. You bore me. Enjoy your turkey tomorrow little “page boy.”
            You’ll have to beg someone else for attention.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, I understand if you’re late for a cocksucking appointment. It’s been fun, and at least when you come to your senses and place a revolver in your mouth, you’ll think fondly of the time you sat online trading insults with someone you’ve never met.

    • guest

      Do you think that a different screen name will disguise your mental illness? Braaahahahahaha!!!

      • anonymouscoward

        Certainly hasn’t hidden yours.

        • guest

          “anonymouscoward

          I see your new screen name is a self description.”

          • guestsananonymouscoward

            It’s an homage to you!

          • guest

            You’re pretty lame if that’s the best you can come up with.

          • anonymous

            You’re pretty lame if only critiquing the comment is best you can do. At least when you come to your senses and place a revolver in your mouth, you’ll think fondly of the time you sat online trading insults with someone you’ve never met.

  • Harold

    I’ve met Senator Conrad on more then one occasion. He’s a very likeable guy, I just don’t think he’s conservative on most issues. He’s actually very liberal and believes how Obama believes then say President Kennedy believed america should be run. Not many real democrats in Washington anymore, and thats the guys I liked years ago, but now their gone and what we have is marxists/socialists, and in even some instances communists posing as democrats when they aren’t.

  • two_amber_lamps

    I wonder, will Heitcrap get herself a little bulldog to be her Capitol pet?

    • two_amber_lamps

      WOOF, WOOF… wherefor art thou WOOF?

      • Guest

        Maybe she’ll bring a whale and you could finally see the Capitol!

        • two_amber_lamps

          Lol… a fat joke from a sockpuppet! Who’da thunk?

          I don’t know what’s funnier… no, I take it back… I do. The joke you refer to as the sum of your existence is hilarious!

          So which doucher are you, another of the Mike Quinn/Lime Krushednutz clan or some morph of the Azulu tribe?

          • Guest

            Lol, no defense to the fat accusation, only deflection! Surprised your stubby fingers took so long to hack out a mediocre response.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Oh I see you’ve attended the “Ellinasty Greekling Pedophile School of If they don’t deny your accusation it must be true!” Congratulations on your diploma, you’re just a regular Phd!

            Sorry doucher…. The leftist game of deny the charge is just another Saul Alinskyite attempt to control the argument and I ain’t playin’….. Mr. Sockpuppet-guest who obviously patterns his attacks after the Great Ellinasty must be a raging gay-fag homosexual deviant who gets his jollies molesting children and anything else not fast enough to outrun it.

            Happy Thankgiving…. freak! :)

          • Guest

            Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, although the holiday is probably unremarkable for those such as yourself for whom eating a huge meal is an extremely common occurrence

          • two_amber_lamps

            Lol…. don’t get your crank stuck in the turkey you silly degenerate you! :D :D :D

          • Guest

            Lol…. and don’t you forget to refrain from ingurgitating
            your turkey to dislodge your stuck crank :D :D

          • two_amber_lamps

            Thanks for not denying the fact that you’re a raging gay-fag with predilections for nubile youths… stay loathsome my friend! :p

          • Guest

            Oh I see you’ve attended the “two amber lights for the extremely obese school of If they don’t deny your accusation it must be true!” congratulations on your diploma, you’re just a regular phd-ponderously heavy duffer! Stay engorged my my friend :P

    • camsaure

      They do say that dogs resemble their owners

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    On a serious note, Kent Conrad tells us he went to Washington to “fix’ the budget. Instead he destroyed the budget. More than nearly any person in the country he is responsible for the horrible national debt that we have.

    In his latest stint as Senate Budget chairman he ran up the deficit and then punted on doing any serious budget work due to partisan reasons.

    Frankly the mutt is the best thing the guy has going for him.

    • Guest

      Really, did Kent Conrad launch an expensive war without any way to pay for? I thought he was one of the few senators with common sense.

      • w

        You were wrong.

        • Guest

          You are wrong. Conrad had the budget balanced until the unmitigated disaster that was the George W. Bush administration.

          • Guest

            Look how stupid the people on this site are, blindly upvoting a simple denial without any factual support.

  • jimmypop

    like it or not, this is our fault. somewhere between 1800 and now we made these people into kings. all along they should have been the people picking up the paper towels in the restrooms after The People left.

    all we need to is vote to replace them with people that will change the rules….i am not convinced either party really wants to do that. when someone does come around that wants to change things, the two parties and their willing sheep eat them alive. and right quick.

  • Bill Jorgensen

    Rob, It seems from your writting that you have absolutely no understanding of the position that Conrad had achieved. In other words you don’t understand how the Senae works. The only bright spot in this is that Heide will fill his shoes and do a good job, As far as Kent, he will be just fine. He make ten to twentytimes the money he made as a senator and North Dakota will be a little less for his lose.

  • Bill Jorgensen

    I do respect you as you at least put your name on you articles just as I do on my post. To those you hide from putting your name with your opinion, It is just that, a unauthored worthless opinion. Put your real on the line or keep you uneducated opinion to yourself.

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