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Delbert Moore, Published March 19 2010

On balance, Berg the better choice

While the delegates to the Republican Convention will endorse either Rick Berg or Kevin Cramer for the U.S. House, there has been general interest in the qualifications of the two candidates. First, though, either of these men will be light-years better than our current ineffectual and mostly liberal Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., and either would be a good choice. On balance, though, I prefer Berg.

Berg grew up in Hettinger, N.D., where his father was a large-animal veterinarian with an entirely rural practice. Berg was a 4-H and FFA member and even a 4-H ambassador. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural economics. He has, then, a significant knowledge of agriculture.

Berg has spent his adult life as a businessman and we know that growth in the U.S. depends on continued business growth. As a long-term legislator and a former majority leader of the North Dakota House, he understands how legislation works. Berg will be an aggressive and forthright campaigner who can clearly delineate his message.

Frankly, I think that Cramer should run again for the Public Service Commission, where his four years of experience will be needed in forestalling excessive regulation.

Again, either candidate would be a good congressman, but I think Berg has a greater knowledge of agriculture, small business and legislative expertise.