Senator Heidi Heitkamp Finally Takes Calls From Her Constituents…On Her Brother’s Show

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I’ve been very critical of Senator Heidi Heitkamp being something less than communicative with her constituents. Unlike Rep. Kevin Cramer, who does a weekly talk radio town halls, social media town halls and has held about a dozen in-person town halls in cities across the state, Senator Heitkamp (and Senator John Hoeven, for that matter) simply doesn’t like being open with her constituents.

Though she does like sending her political operatives to Rep. Cramer’s events, just in case he says or does something she and her political party can capitalize on.

But today, apparently responding to criticism over her derth of public question-and-answer events, Senator Heitkamp appeared on her brother’s Fargo-based talk radio show and took calls.

Which prompted Fargo-based Fox reporter Eric Crouch to ask me what I thought:


You’ve got to like the timing. Senator Heitkamp scheduled the event for a holiday week when most citizens are distracted (rightfully so) by friends and family. She also picked the friendly confines of her brother’s radio show.

It’s great that Senator Heitkamp finally trying to at least create the appearance of openness with her constituents, but her choice of timing and venue leaves much to be desired.

Senator Heitkamp is still freezing out Valley News Live’s Chris Berg. Senator Heitkamp still refuses to go on with conservative talkers Scott Hennen and Steve Bakken who replaced her brother on KFYR’s statewide radio network. Senator Heitkamp’s staff won’t even answer a simple question from me about what happened to the donation of her shutdown salary.

And Democrats who defend her decision to avoid her critics in the media should remember that Republicans regularly go on her brother Joel’s left-wing show. In fact, Joel Heitkamp gave almost daily verbal beatings to Heitkamp’s 2012 opponent Rick Berg for avoiding his show, but it’s both Heidi and her brother apply a different standard to her media appearances.

The hypocrites.

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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  • headward

    I would like to know why she voted along party lines for this:

    http://freepatriot.org/2013/12/18/democrats-senate-choose-illegal-aliens-servicemen/

  • grammie

    For Heidi and Joel who both think that they are wonderful. I am sure this counts as a town hall even if the radio program isn’t heard in the complete state of ND.

    • Onslaught1066

      I’m sure Ed Schultz heard it.

      I mean, what else does he have to do?

    • SusanBeehler

      Anyone in the country can listen to the radio program. Just go to http://www.kfgo.com and click on the link to listen to the program.

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        Well no kidding, Beehler, that’s not exactly a news flash.

        But Heitkamp is now off the airwaves in most of the state, and has a seriously diminished audience.

        • SusanBeehler

          It appears grammie needs a “news flash” does not know how to find the radio station without using a radio.

          • Dan

            Could it possibly be that grammie doesn’t have a computer? Did you stop to THINK before you assumed she did?

          • Dan

            Gotcha….lol

          • SusanBeehler

            How do you think Grammie posted on this blog if Grammie doesn’t have a computer or internet access? Did you stop to THINK about what you just posted? Did she call in her post to this blog or some talk show, really, Dan how could you post on this blog without internet access, Grammie either has a computer or some other device to access this blog, the same device surely could access another website, I don’t think say anything is exclusive to any device and it is not the only thing out there in cyber space.

          • Dan

            Like I said….”gotcha”

            …and boy, did I…lol

          • nogardener

            Pretty hard to do when you’re driving. 80% of the time I’m driving when I catch Cramer on KFYR. Try again, Suzie.

          • SusanBeehler

            Try again, nogardener. Pretty much most people would be at work for any program at 10am. Maybe you should look at getting a different listening device if you want to listen to a radio station that is in the eastern part of the state while you are driving. Drivers are not the only voters in ND or workers.

          • nogardener

            You’re missing the point!!! KFYR, where Cramer is on, covers listeners in the whole state, and more. Not so with the program Heitkamp was on. So she’s obviously limiting the scope of her audience so she doesn’t have to answer the tough questions. Or maybe it’s only the people living in the east she remotely cares about?

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Not everybody works in an office, Beehler.

          • SusanBeehler

            Really Rob? People work in their homes, in retail stores, in warehouses, in factories, on railroads, on oil rigs, on construction sites, on power lines, beauty shops, diners all kinds of places and some people do not even frequent coffee shops. Just because Cramer is on the radio station which has a program which airs across the state does not mean he is reaching out to the all or even a majority of the voters of North Dakota, it means he is reaching out to those who are able to listen to the program and call in at 10am. Not everyone can listen to a radio at 10 am no matter where they work. So some of the people commenting on this blog are the same market for the 10am radio show, there is a huge segment of the voting population who will not hear the 10am show regardless of whether it is heard statewide or not, that is my point. Just because someone does not frequent the same places as the people on this blog does not mean they are not out there communicating with the people of North Dakota.

          • Lianne

            Cramer goes to cities and towns around the state and sits among the citizens, all of whom have had an open invitation, to attend. Cramer’s radio station is every week at the same time. Weekly radio spots, therefore, are more readily available to a larger number of constituents than a single random shot on a station limited to a narrow listening audience.

        • SusanBeehler

          Where is your audience, Rob, do you have most of your likes coming from the west, the east , the northern/southern part of the state. Where are your hits coming from national, out of state or in state? Do you have a seriously diminished audience due to the content of your blog?

      • Thresherman

        Well gee Susan, she could also run an ad telling everyone in the state how great she is and that would be different from going on her brother’s show how?

        A courageous Senator would be unafraid to meet and openly exchange ideas with those they represent, hiding behind your brother and call screener is cowardly.

        That fact is plain, she refuses to openly meet those she represents. And that is a disgrace.

        • SusanBeehler

          Well gee Thresherman I disagree with you. A wise Senator will not walk into a political assault. Who was behind the purchase of the radio station so Joe’s show is no longer statewide radio? They do not have “call screeners” on the radio station Cramer is on they have calls planted. So much for the FREE market; it has been bought and it is not FREEdom of the press. Have you called and set up a meeting with her if you want to share your “open” ideas with her?

          • Drain52

            Any contrary caller to the Heitkamps’ show would be outnumbered two to one. And why shouldn’t a politician enter the lions’ den? Let Heidi defend herself straight on. It’s disgraceful to assume a politician should only publicly respond to criticism in friendly confines.

          • blitherblather

            The constituents are not the ones who are the problem on the radio show, it is the hosts on some of these radio show which actually create a “lion’s den” atmosphere. Publicly responding is different than a “media roast”. Two different motives the politician one of service to the public and the media one of getting ratings, the more controversial, the more hyped up they can get their audience is what the media looks for which is not necessarily a good place to communicate.

          • Lianne

            Oh, susan, for pete’s sakes. Cramer has had open coffee with Cramer town hall meetings open to the public across the state. But, thank you for confirming what many of us have suspected—Heidi doesn’t dare go among the voters of ND.

          • SusanBeehler

            Oh, Lianne, for your sake you should be aware Heidi does meet with voters of ND just not in the same venue as Cramer. Just because someone is not at your prefered place or radio station does not mean they are not “among the voters of ND”. Cramer should be holding town hall meetings across the state he is up for re-election.

          • Lianne

            Neither Heidi or hoeven have held open meetings. Pomeroy never held one even when he was running. So we can expect to see Heidi holding town hall meetings open to the public for what, at least 15months prior to her election?

          • SusanBeehler

            If it is important to you contact Hoeven and Heidi’s offices ask when they will be holding meetings.

          • Lianne

            Geez, Susan, I am not in first grade.

            and it was you who defended Heidi with ” A wise Senator will not walk into a political assault.” Then you wrote, Cramer should be holding town hall meetings across the state he is up for re-election.” From that I can surmise that Heidi will/should have public town hall meetings across the state.

          • SusanBeehler

            From a statement I make you surmise that Heidi will/should have public town hall meeetings across the state. You must be in first grade, if you think my opinion is some kind of authoritative weight as to whether or not an elected official will have a meeting. I state my opinion, you state yours, I disagree with you, so what?

          • whowon

            We need to contact them…LOL, Susie gets better every post. They have NOT had any, I;m sure you could provide when they did…

          • noblindersonme

            see what I mean!!! ‘Pomeroy never held one ” Total lie- total Bullshit! Earl came to townhalls and open meetings that folks like Lianne didn’t give a damn about!
            I guess I must of saw an apparition when met Earl and saw him those many times . When you are a congressmen Lianne you are in Constant reelection mode. IDIOT!
            Guys like you are exactly why I get mean here!
            say ROB why don’t you confront Lainne here? Are her lies OK ?
            Oh I guess only lies that prick Rob’s thin skin get a reply.
            Say Lianne I even got a picture of Earl and I together at one of those many meetings you say didn’t happen . !!!

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Lianne isn’t lying. Earl Pomeroy didn’t hold a single town hall in 2009 or during the election year in 2010.

          • Lianne

            He held one public telephone town hall meeting during his last election. He hid behind the tele. He met with special interest groups, democrat sponsored get togethers, etc. They are not the same as public town hall meetings.
            btw, I am not a GUY nor am I an idiot.

          • SusanBeehler

            Yes I have a photo with Pomeroy too. It was in 2003, on health research.

          • noblindersonme

            Please Susan , dont give up the fight, I know it is like getting a mule to move to the other side of the pen but when you come here to debate you have to realize this is where mules come to congregate . I had this stubborn argument during Pomeroy’s last election . Earl went to DOZENS of public meetings , some under the radar, as they mostly concerned farm issues and as we have found out ,farm issues mean LITTLE here, Earl was at major public events like Devils Lake flooding and the Grand Forks disaster . he was at the “Save the Air base ‘events, he went to many many veteran meets , He flew a half a dozen times to the desert to visit our National Guard troups , of course he was at many many reelection events , he was in congress fo a loong time, I could go on and on ..I could prove all this because I SAW AND TALKED TO HIM at some of those events ( Lake Region farm roundups for instance) . The point is Earl did not come to a couple of “TOWNHALLS ” that the tea party right held to be THE ONLY event that ever mattered and they proceded to bash and bash Pomeroy to his poltical death because ‘ he never came to townhalls to meet his constituents, he was chicken , he was arrogant ,in Washington too long , he …. well you get my drift.
            That camapaign of deceit worked then, and they will try to base their current tent of lies on the same ground .

            Heidi is a SENATOR like Hoeven ! Cramer is a two year congressmen . Big difference . Heidi was working in the senate last month on a very important military issue which she , and Hoeven I think, suceeded in getting done. Like a tree falling in the forest , if the NUTS here didn’t see or hear it , it must not of happenned ,RIGHT!

          • SusanBeehler

            noblindersonme, Thank you!

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/ Goon’s ND Redneck

            Code for Heidi cherry picks her audience to make sure we have fawning fans.

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/ Goon’s ND Redneck

            She’s just like the other democrats to include Obumble who have no time for the little people who they only need when it’s election time.

          • SusanBeehler

            Does Ducks Unlimited know you are using their logo as your avatar or our you just a goon wanting to smear ducks?

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/ Goon’s ND Redneck

            Hey Genius, I am member of ducks unlimited. I am pretty sure I don’t need their permission to use their logo.

          • SusanBeehler

            Hey Goon is the platform for ducks to bash or do you just like to duck behind Ducks

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/ Goon’s ND Redneck

            Oh boy, a Heidi lap dog.

          • two_amber_lamps

            So much for SuzyBKook’s claim of conservative values…. what a maroon!

          • SusanBeehler

            Your values are not my idea of conservative. You call people names, you are a cyber bully, I think that is an offensive value and defintely not a conservative Christian value.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Lol… says the libtard in “conservative” clothing….

            Shooo little hoplophobe, your antics grow tiresome.

          • Lianne

            Hey, has she referred to herself as conservative? That is hilarious!

          • two_amber_lamps

            When at first I noticed her smearing her feces on the walls at SAB she purported herself one, albeit a “kind conservative.” Her every post is just another revelation of her lies/idiocy.

          • Lianne

            Was that on the Kirsten Baesler article?

  • whowon

    checked her facebook wall, no mention. Her reactions are worth reading on the other stories. Only one where all the typical folks are commenting…her bismarck office in elf costumes, you’ll recognize some names. https://www.facebook.com/SenatorHeidiHeitkamp

  • kevindf

    She’s really working without a net these days.

  • toomuchguvmint

    It should be obvious that Heidi should resign being she was so duped by a conman named Obama. Either she was duped or she still believes that Obama is amazing.

  • two_amber_lamps

    But, but… Heidi’s an INDEPENDENT. Why would she go on that liberal fascist show her brother runs?

    You mean the citizens of ND were…. duped? Noooooo-OOOOOOOO!

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/ Goon’s ND Redneck

    Heidi is a fraud.

  • Matthew Hawkins

    Why is Hoeven not in your headline?

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/ Goon’s ND Redneck

      Why should he be?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Probably because Hoeven doesn’t have a brother with a libtard radio show?

      http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww310/haleymayo/derp/DERP.jpg

      • SusanBeehler

        What does a conservative look like to you?

        • two_amber_lamps

          Lol…. you conflate conservative values with some kind of perverted view capitalism.

          Good job little Miss SuzyBMarx.

          • Onslaught1066

            Suzy even owns her own business, calls it ‘The Red Line’, not sure what she sells, but it is a re-sale shop, usually open about 4 days out of every month.

          • devilschild

            Interesting…she has the same hours as the guy I buy my weed from.

          • Onslaught1066

            Hopefully for different reasons.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Sounds like some kind of leftist charity/tax shelter.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

    Sometimes, Beehler, you look like less of a fool if you just conceed the point.

    • SusanBeehler

      so

    • noblindersonme

      Rob Port always writes hypocritical ,condesending comments like that when he is backed into a corner and finds his opponent in debate standing their ground on sturdy facts. . Beehler should conceed the point ????
      Port as head master and lastworder (the Decider) seldom holds himself to the same standards he accuses his foes of not rising up to.
      Sometimes ROB! YOU should concede the points also , I have backed you in the corner many times and damn if you arn’t as stubborn and arrogant. as you find Susan here!
      As we end another year and start a new one , it is tradition for mature people to analyze the past and vow to try better the coming year. I have said this many times here and elsewhere, the single biggest failure of blogs like this and the hard right in general, is the stubborn ( or ignorant ) behavior to comdemn the sins of those they dislike( liberals for instance) yet COMPLETELY tolerate , if not EMBRACE , those exact same behaviors when committed by their side. ROB is a textbook case of this.
      Of course he will never admit it , nor will many of his ‘minions here’ , that would be a sign of weakness . He will continue to do ‘what works’ and convince himself he is always right .
      hypocrits like rob don’t think the mirror they hold up to others works the same on them.
      ps , now let the attacks on me begin. That always makes your side a winnner. btw I do stuff like this because when I was 20 I read a philosopher who wrote that the ‘example of a great mind is one that is able to balance and hold two opposing views and give them equal weight etc” , inotherwords openminded reasoning . For the past 40 some years I have based my reasoning on that. I suppose Rob and the rest will complain I don’t follow that creed because I am always in his face.What they don’t see is that what guys like me write is a product of looking at both sides of an issue! When you have spent your entire life looking down a tunnel it is hard to become a wise old man.
      Happy New year

      • Lianne

        And you can add comedian to your repertoire.:-)

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