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Mark Herschlip, Fargo, Published May 31 2012

Kalk will listen to all points of view

The public is well-aware that Kevin Cramer refused to attend the 2012 North Dakota Republican Convention because he did not want to engage with North Dakota Republicans in this traditional process. My fear is that the same shunning of North Dakota constituents might shape his possible Washington tenure.

As The Forum pointed out, an out-of-state group is feverishly trying to secure a position for Cramer in Washington. Cramer has many fine qualities, but his message to many Republican voters is that his strategy to win is more important than speaking to them.

Brian Kalk is a principle-first kind of candidate who respects all North Dakota constituents and engages respectfully, not only in the political process but with every potential voter he meets.

I am interested in a U.S. representative who understands that all North Dakota voters deserve to be approached, courted, understood and respected. The tea party might be touting Cramer as their candidate, but the better choice is a man who is every bit as much tea party, and just the right amount of Republican Party.