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Don Dietrich, Grand Forks, Published October 22 2012

Letter: More skeptical about Heitkamp

The more I read about Heidi Heitkamp, the more skeptical I become about where she truly stands. A few weeks ago, we learned that Heitkamp has been accepting thousands of dollars in campaign donations from anti-hydrofracking groups. Without hydrofracking, the oil boom in North Dakota that has led to the lowest unemployment in the country would not be possible.

And now we have found out that not only has Heitkamp been accepting campaign contributions by an anti-military group, the Council for a Livable World, she has gone as far as to purchase a list of contributors from that group from which to solicit contributions.

My question is this: If Heitkamp supports the Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base like she says she does, then why would the Council for a Livable World, which wants to shut down the Minot Air Force Base, be her third-largest contributor?

Heitkamp can say whatever she wants to say now, but after the election, it will be time to pay the piper, and these anti-North Dakota groups are going to come calling. Then what is Heitkamp going to do? Is she going to turn her back on the groups that have been her top supporters by standing up for North Dakota’s interests, or is she going to turn her back on North Dakota and give her top contributors what they want?

I prefer we don’t find out, and that is why I am proudly voting for Rick Berg for U.S. Senate.