Print Column: Sen. Heitkamp Pretends at the Accessibility North Dakotans Demand

MINOT, N.D.—Tessa Gould is not a household name in North Dakota. Most of you readers probably don’t know who she is.

But if you work at a media outlet which has published or broadcast something which can be perceived as critical of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp you probably have an intimate knowledge of Gould’s caustic approach to politics.

Gould, you see, is Heitkamp’s chief of staff. But more than that, really. She’s also widely credited as the architect of Heitkamp’s upset victory over Republican Rick Berg in 2012, though it’s hard to know how much credit to grant Gould for a win in an election Berg’s campaign worked very hard to lose.

For the purposes of this column, however, suffice it to say that if you are a Heitkamp critic it will be Gould working to shut you up.

Which is ironic given a recent profile of Gould published by Politico.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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