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


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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