Call from ND’s Senate Democrats for Oley Larsen to Resign is Pathetic

North Dakota State Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman (D - District 23) -- (Photo via screenshot.)

Yesterday, we published an article explaining why we don’t believe North Dakota State Senator Oley Larsen (R – District 3) should resign. In case you’re not familiar with the details, I encourage you to click on the link and do a little catching up.

In a nutshell, Larsen posted a debunked meme claiming that U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D – Minnesota) had, at one time, attended an Al Qaeda training camp in Somalia (her home country). After the media blew the issue up, calls rolled in for Senator Larsen to resign. He removed the post and apologized in an op-ed, which we published here.

While some of those calls to resign have come from the Republican side of the aisle — including this one from Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R – District 37) saying Larsen should resign his post as President Pro Tempore — most are from the left. You know, that side of the political aisle that despises someone like Oley Larsen already.

As we explained in our article from yesterday, we find it hypocritical for those on the left to be asking Larsen to step down. But, then again, is this really all that surprising?

Despite the hypocrisy of it all, North Dakota’s Senate Democrats — led by Minority Leader Joan Heckaman (D – District 23) — couldn’t resist the urge join the spectacle. In an e-mail to Senator Larsen today, they called on him to resign his position as interim President Pro Tempore.

Now, to be fair, Larsen had e-mailed his Senate colleagues in an effort of “reaching out” and to “gauge” their view on his continuing as President Pro Tempore. So, it could certainly be argued that they’re just giving the response Larsen asked for. Fair enough.

Yet, if Senate Democrats were truthful, they’d admit that a modern day political lynching of their colleague across the aisle is something they’ve longed for. It’s no secret in Bismarck’s political circles that some of Larsen’s political opposites in the Senate can’t stand him.

Let’s be honest, readying the political noose in hopes of getting it around the figurative neck of Senator Oley Larsen has little to do with “decorum, decency, and respect”. It has everything to do with the hope of political gain— which is why the Dem-NPL is actually trying to fund raise off Larsen’s social media blunder. You can see their letter below.

When the ten Democrats who signed onto the call for Senator Larsen to resign are willing to acknowledge the idiocy of Hillary Clinton for her unfounded accusations, will say Rep. Ilhan Omar should resign from Congress for her many moments of stupidity, and denounce the very party they belong to for idiotic things like unproven claims of “Russian collusion”; then — and only then — will I take their call for Larsen to resign seriously.

Until then, it’s nothing more than a pathetically hollow political move that’s been made with the hope of somehow making them relevant again.



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