The Anatomy Of A Political Smear


According to this report at KFGO, the Department of Justice is investigating an anti-Heidi Heitkamp NRSC ad which features a former US Marshall (see it below). The Marshall, one Mr. Jake Werner, is clearly noted to be retired. And this is hardly the first advertisement in a federal campaign to feature a former federal official. Generals, diplomats and others have long endorsed candidates from both parties while invoking their old titles.

You don’t lose your right to free speech just because you used to work for the federal government. But let’s think about this for a minute.

The only place in the media this is being reported is at KFGO, where Heitkamp’s brother Joel Heitkamp is the program director. And who just happens to be the US Attorney in North Dakota who would, I presume, be in charge of such an investigation? Tim Purdon who, when he was appointed to his current position by Barack Obama, had to step down from where he was serving on the Democrat National Committee. Purdon is such a notorious political hack that he attempted to prosecute a half dozen oil companies operating in North Dakota for violations of the Migratory Birds Treat Act relating to a couple of dozen dead common ducks found around oil sites over the course of several months.

The charges were so ludicrous they were laughed out of federal court, and they earned Purdon the title “Dodo of the Year” from the Wall Street Journal. Purdon has gone on to be named one of the most partisan US attorneys in America.

So is it so hard to imagine that the hyper-partisan Democrat loyalist in the US Attorneys office would give a story about a non-sensical “investigation” into a campaign ad to the hyper-partisan radio station managed by the brother of the candidate criticized in that ad?

Not at all. I mentioned in a post earlier today that the Democrats have really been intensifying their increasingly petty attacks on Berg lately, and methinks I get a whiff of desperation.

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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  • Lianne

    I guess it does keep her name in the media. What else can be said?

  • $8194357

    She operates just like “the One”. Huh..
    Chicago politics west?
    Barry, Harry, Pelosi, and Hiedi…
    Ideological soul mates..

  • Game

    It appears to be an internal US Marshall investigation. Every organization has a process to check stuff out like this. It will most likely not be an issue, but that does not mean it should not be checked out by US Marshall Council.
    Tim Purdon has nothing to do with that.
    Funny also how you leave out the fact that Jake Werner is a currently a political hack who spends his days raising money for Republicans and Tea Party types. I am sure that if he did that for Democrats and was in one of thier adds, you would ignore that fact all together.

    • Rob

      So, Jake Werner exercising his 1st amendment right to political activities makes him a “political hack?”

      And the “article” says this is being investigated by the DoJ. The US Marshalls are a part of the DoJ. And who is the DoJ’s top cop in North Dakota? Tim Purdon.

      This is such a joke.

      • Game

        The US Marshals are part of the DoJ, however, the US District Attorney in North Dakota is not the person looking into if this activity is legal and/or ethical. It is being referred to the U. S. Marshals Service Office of General Counsel in DC.
        If you read what I said, I don’t think this is an issue. However, the US Marshal’s hold themselves to pretty high standards and have every right to look into this.
        BTW, the top “Cop” in North Dakota for the United States Marshal service is Paul Ward.

  • sbark

    Pure political intimidation……..but a message from the Dem’cat party for anyone opposing them…….is it much diff really—than the New Black Panthers at the voting precint?
    If Mr. Werner is expected to be a-political, why not have that standard for teachers on up thru the levels of all govt beuracrats sitting in every country courthouse, state capitol and DC?……….or dont those have the high standards of “ethics” that the US Marshals office holds?

  • Harold

    If Heidi should win in Nov and Obama does too, you’ll be seeing many many more attacks on your 1st and 2nd amendment rights you now have.