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Joe Richardson, Fargo, Published June 02 2012

They use PSC for their tip cup

On June 1, The Forum editorial erroneously stated “all three want off the PSC” when referring to Public Service commissioners Kevin Cramer, Brian Kalk and Tony Clark. In fact, while Clark was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to move from the North Dakota PSC to the Federal Energy Commission, Cramer and Kalk have not resigned their PSC chairs to run against each other in the primary to become the Republican candidate for Congress.

The Public Service Commission is a fine place to park while raising money for whichever future office one might wish to seek. It is about as close as it gets to being a taxpayer funded candidate.

If Cramer and Kalk lose their bid for the U.S. House, they simply dust off their chair at the Commission, put their tip cup out, and begin their work protecting consumer and state interests in reviewing applications from those who do or don’t tip. When the tip cup is full, try another campaign.