Readers of The Minuteman know that we backed Rep. Dan Johnston (R – District 24) for Treasurer in June’s Republican primary. Unfortunately, Johnston had two obstacles that ultimately cost him that election— Governor Doug Burgum’s money and Democrats who crossed over and voted Republican.
As a result, one of the State Legislature’s resident RINO’s — Rep. Thomas Beadle (R – District 27) — eked out the primary victory by a mere 5,052 votes. That’s right, not even the endorsements of President Donald Trump and Senator Kevin Cramer were enough to put Johnston over the top. It was a disappointing loss— to say the least.
North Dakotans are now faced with a choice between the aforementioned Thomas Beadle and Democratic candidate Mark Haugen in the upcoming General Election.
As things presently stand, there’s no way I can support Beadle for State Treasurer. Aside from how awful his record is as a State Representative, the primary campaign against Johnston was unnecessarily dishonest and nasty. It gave us an additional glimpse into the character — or lack thereof — of Thomas Beadle.
So, where does that leave voters like me? Well, we either don’t mark an oval for the Treasurer’s race or we vote for the Democrat. It may come as a shocker to some reader’s — I wouldn’t have thought it possible myself not long ago — but I think I’m voting for the Democrat.
Admittedly, when it comes to politics, we don’t know a whole heck of a lot about Mark Haugen. As you can see by his blog post, he is a lifelong North Dakotan and his background is somewhat impressive. But get this— he’s been endorsed by North Dakota Right to Life.
I’m sure you’re well aware, but it’s not every day you find a pro-life Democrat. In 2020, I think it speaks well of Haugen.
Could it be that Mark Haugen’s slogan of “Leadership, Integrity, Trust, Transparency” actually means something? Apparently Kris Cramer — wife of U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer — thinks so. She endorsed Haugen with not just one, but two Facebook posts on September 12th. By the way, she also worked with him at the University of Mary. I’m guessing she can vouch for his character too.
By now, some of you reading this may be saying to yourself that the State Treasurer technically has nothing to do with the issue of abortion. And that’s true. But what do we have to lose by voting for Mark Haugen? I’d suggest not much. After all, if we’re honest with ourselves, Beadle is pretty much a Democrat anyhow. And a pro-choice one at that.
No, I’m not interested in rewarding a dishonest candidate like Thomas Beadle with my vote. Instead, I think maybe it’s time to vote for a Democrat.
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