Cramer Congratulates Heitkamp for Appointment to Committee Negotiating Farm Bill Despite Previous Partisan Attacks From Her Campaign


North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer speaks Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the ND GOP Convention at Scheels Arena in Fargo of his choice to endorse Donald Trump for president. Rick Abbott / The Forum

When Congressman Kevin Cramer was appointed to be a member of the House conference committee to negotiate the farm bill Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign was livid.

Heitkamp spokeswman Julia Krieger, who previously worked for far left attack dog Media Matters, called Cramer’s appointment “politics at its worse.”

“Heitkamp campaign spokeswoman Julia Krieger called Cramer’s conference committee appointment ‘politics at its worst,’ suggesting he’s unqualified because he doesn’t serve on the ag committee,” my colleague John Hageman reported.

On social media, when it was pointed out that former North Dakota Democrat Earl Pomeroy was appointed to negotiate the farm bill in a similar manner, despite not being on the agriculture committee, Krieger sneered on social media that “shills” were “throwing ND leaders under the bus.”

Flash forward a couple of weeks, and news is that Senator Heidi Heitkamp has also been appointed to negotiate the farm bill, albeit from the Senate side. Laughably, given the way her campaign reacted to Cramer’s appointment, Heitkamp says she wants to avoid partisan delays in reaching a conclusion:

With commodity prices falling as the administration’s trade war is escalating, we can’t waste any time or get bogged down with divisive and partisan provisions — the Farm Bill is too important to our farmers and our rural economy,” [Heitkamp] said.

Heitkamp’s position has gone from attacking her opponent this election year for getting appointed to negotiate this farm bill to suddenly, upon her own appointment, saying she wants to avoid divisiveness and partisanship.

Meanwhile, Cramer seems to be taking the high road congratulating Heitkamp for her appointment pointing out that it’s pretty good for North Dakota to have its entire congressional delegation in the mix (Senator John Hoeven was also appointed):