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Stan Stein, Published August 12 2012

Republican leadership means more success for North Dakota

Recently, I’ve noticed a coordinated effort by the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League and the liberal leaders in Washington to attack Republican candidates for elected office. They insist on lobbing baseless political allegations and avoiding the issues – no doubt following the lead of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

It’s the political equivalent of throwing wet spaghetti against the wall and hoping it sticks. North Dakotans deserve a discussion of the issues and facts, not hollow rhetoric designed to distract voters from bad policy.

The reality?

North Dakota’s economy is the envy of the nation. While the national economy sputters, our economy keeps surging forward. Republican ideas and leadership created an economic and regulatory environment in North Dakota allowing businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed. While liberals in Washington, D.C., say, “You didn’t build that,” North Dakotans are busy rolling up their sleeves and creating jobs.

With growth and prosperity come challenges. I think that’s even more reason to vote Republican in 2012. Gov. Jack Dalrymple is no stranger to helping others overcome adversity. Just ask the 2011 flood victims. Dalrymple is a proven leader and, in recent weeks, has shared his vision of rising above the challenges we face. Congressman Rick Berg spent his time in public service building coalitions to work for North Dakotans. We need that experience working for us in the U.S. Senate.

Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer has an unparalleled knowledge of energy development and infrastructure. His experience and knowledge helped North Dakota enter this boom and can help North Dakota lead the national dialogue on energy in Washington.

While Democrats shout baseless political allegations, our Republican candidates discuss solutions for our state and country’s future. Remember that when you vote on Nov. 6.

Stein is chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party.