Bill Butcher, Bismarck, Published October 16 2012
Letter: Political ad does not ring trueA recent political ad features Jonathan Bry stating that Rick Berg has never done one thing for small businesses in North Dakota. I don’t know Bry’s business experience or current business, but from the backdrop in the ad, it appears he has quite a substantial operation. I remember Bry as being a nice fellow who worked across the hall from my office in Bismarck for the Sierra Club back in the early 2000s.
From 1998 through 2007, I was state director for the National Federation of Independent Business in North Dakota, and my take on Berg is entirely different than Bry’s. I can say, based upon those years of personal experience, that Berg, as majority leader in the North Dakota House, was the hands-down best friend small business had in the Legislature. He listened carefully to the concerns of small-business owners and worked hard on behalf of their interests.
I’m glad that both NFIB and the U.S. Chamber now endorse Berg, because he deserves it given his stellar record in support of their members.