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Pat Schulz, Bismarck, Published October 21 2012

Letter: Kevin Cramer’s attack an unfair distraction

I heard on the radio the other day that Kevin Cramer is trying to make an issue out of the fact that many years ago, Pam Gulleson and her family went through some hard times on their family’s farm. They were behind on their property tax payments after several hard years of drought and later flooding, just like thousands of other farm families during the ’90s.

Gulleson is one of the most hardworking people I know, and she and her husband took on second, off-farm jobs to pay back those taxes, along with interest and fees. But that’s not the most important issue here – the fact is, Gulleson took that experience and used it as a motivator to get involved in public service, sharing her experience in the state Legislature and during her time with Sen. Byron Dorgan.

Gulleson knows farming, and she can speak passionately about the importance of a strong farm bill because even though times are good right now for farmers, she knows that we’re only one bad season away from those hard times.

That’s the kind of representative I want in Congress. Not someone like Cramer, who is unfairly attacking her family in order to distract voters from the fact that he’s charging taxpayers for his defense in a lawsuit caused by his unethical campaign contributions.

Gulleson is going to have my vote on Election Day.