MINOT, N.D. — Wednesday evening I got word from my sources in legislative District 7 that state Rep. Rick Becker, the founder of the Bastiat Caucus wing of the North Dakota Republican Party, wouldn’t be seeking re-election to his seat this cycle.
I was told he wouldn’t be on the ballot at all for any race.
Later in the evening, Becker made that news official with an announcement to the dozens tuning into his local television show.
The activists in the Bastiat wing of the NDGOP, who have been fanning the flames of division in North Dakota’s dominant political party for some time, will insist that they have the momentum. That they represent true Republicanism, as opposed to all those Republicans In Name Only, and are poised to take over.
Becker’s decision to retire from elected office tells us a different story.