During my weekly segment on Valley News Live with Chris Berg last night we discussed state Senator George Sinner’s hypocrisy in attacking his House race opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer, for filming a campaign ad in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. After all, as I posted yesterday, Sinner himself campaigned at a veterans memorial/event in Belcourt (Sinner’s campaign pulled down the photo of the event after I linked to it). I also noted during the show that while Sinner sent out a scathing press release accusing Cramer of using veterans as props, Sinner himself used his WWII veteran father-in-law as a prop in a recent ad.
And then there’s this, which Berg dug up and surprised me with during the show. It turns out that during her 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate, Heidi Heitkamp also campaigned at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Here’s a screenshot of Heitkamp’s campaign events page from 2012, inviting her supporters to join her at the cemetery for a Memorial Day event.
To quote George Sinner, “No one…should use those who have served and sacrificed as political props on these hallowed grounds.”
That’s a fine sentiment. Sure would be nice if Sinner and Heitkamp applied it to themselves.