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Crystal Dueker, Published November 27 2010

Success of Republican women part of rejection of Democrats

While many of us are cheering as Congressman-elect Rick Berg and Sen.-elect John Hoeven charge into D.C. to do the nation’s business, now seems a good time to reflect on the red tide as reported by The Forum.

Many of us have heard for years, “Why does North Dakota continue to send Democrats to represent you while your state also keeps voting for the Republican as president?” Perhaps now we can truly say that our state has elected representatives who understand the business world from their own experiences and will create tax policy that makes sense. Yes, these men are prepared to help govern our nation while blocking the Obama agenda rejected at the ballot box just a few weeks ago.

Some of the reporters have whimpered over the loss of so many women in Congress. Excuse me, but many of them have been replaced by Kristi Noem (South Dakota), Vicki Jo Hartzler (Missouri), Diane Black (Tennessee), Jaime Herrera (Washington), Nan Hayworth (New York), Sandra Adams (Florida) and Martha Roby (Alabama) to the House, clearly representative of hundreds and hundreds of Republican women who volunteered in our state and others for 2010. Some of these women are among over 40 citizen candidates (doctors, nurses and business owners) who never held elected office prior to 2010.

There are still a few undecided races. It is possible that Renee Ellmers (North Carolina) and Ann Marie Burkle (New York) may join our own Berg in the Republican class with over 86 freshman.

Watching Hoeven on cable news sitting in the office of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as one of the 13 new senators is also exciting for our state. Did any of you notice Kelly Ayotte, the woman in the red suit, who will represent New Hampshire? She offsets the loss of Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.

All I can say is, “What a tidal wave of rejection by the voters of the Democrats and their agenda.”