On my radio show today U.S. House candidate Tiffany Abentroth, a Republican, said my description of her as a “mystery candidate” helped drive a lot of interest to her campaign.
She described herself as a 15 year Marine Corps veteran – she’s currently serving in the reserves – and said she just returned from Afghanistan where she’s been working as a consultant. She says she owns a home in North Dakota and “always came back” here during her military service. “Typically I’ve been overseas,” she said.
In a recent profile Abentroth took some positions that put her at odd with many Republicans. She says she’s pro-choice on the abortion issue, and she was critical of the Republican tax reform bill which passed late last year.
I asked her about the latter issue. “I am all for lowering taxes,” she said but added that she didn’t like how the tax bill was “rushed.” When I pressed her about whether or not she would have voted for it had she been in the House at that time she didn’t give me an answer claiming she didn’t know enough about the bill.
“It’s hard to answer that question,” she told me.
When Abentroth filed her House candidacy Congressman Kevin Cramer was still the incumbent in the race. He’s now switched to the Senate race, leaving the House race open, but given the timing of her candidacy Abentroth clearly intended to take on Cramer. I asked her why.
“He had run unopposed in the Republican party in the last two elections,” she told me, indicating that she thought he needed some competition.
If you want to learn more about this candidate, is is a complete unknown to this point in North Dakota politics, you can watch the video announcement of her campaign right here.
The full audio of today’s show is below. I also spoke with state Rep. Tom Beadle, who announced his campaign for the state Senate seat vacated by fellow Republican Jon Casper this week, and former Trump adviser Marc Lotter. If you want the audio of the radio show delivered to your devices daily, subscribe to the podcast.