Again, Dr. Becker, We Need a State Health Officer Who Realizes They’re Not the Governor

Three candidates competing for the North Dakota Republican Party's endorsement for governor debate in Bismarck on Thursday, March, 3, 2016. Pictured from the left is state Rep, Rick Becker of Bismarck, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Fargo Entrepreneur Doug Byrgum. Bismarck tribune Photo/Will Kincaid

MINOT, N.D. — In 2016, state Rep. Rick Becker ran for governor.

He didn’t get much traction, losing at the NDGOP state convention with just 35% of the vote in a three-way race between Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Doug Burgum, who, as you all know, is now our governor.

Now Becker, who is a plastic surgeon when he’s not working in politics, apparently sees a way to leverage the COVID-19 crisis into becoming a sort of backseat governor in the Burgum administration.

On Friday, after the resignation of another of Burgum’s state health officers, Becker sent a letter to the governor touting himself as a replacement candidate.

He even has a sort of platform for his campaign for the position.

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