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Ole Aarsvold, Blanchard, N.D., Published October 04 2012

Letter: What Berg is he talking about?

Rep. David Rust, R-Tioga, N.D., authored a very interesting letter to the editor to several of North Dakota’s largest newspapers expressing his support for Rick Berg candidacy for the U.S. Senate. What is ironic about his letter is the glowing words about how great a legislator Berg was. It is ironic in that it is based on one session of service together with Berg. Rust’s first session was Berg’s last in 2009. It would seem that such limited association would be less than adequate to make such broad and glowing statements about a colleague.

Did Rust support Berg for caucus leader, an election that Berg lost to Rep. Al Carlson? Surely his glowing assessments of Berg would indicate that he would have voted for Berg even though the Republican caucus saw fit to reject Berg as leader. Apparently, the majority of the Republican House caucus did not share Rust’s enthusiasm.

I served 10 sessions with Berg. He had a record of catering to special interests. He repeatedly voted against worker compensation reform and insurance benefits – benefits that injured workers rightly deserved. He expressed little sympathy for the families of North Dakota.

I know Berg, and he is not the same person Rust describes.

Rust is right about one thing: Berg will be dramatically different from the man he wants to replace.

Aarsvold, Blanchard, N.D., retired from the North Dakota House in 2009 after serving since 1989.