Cramer’s Comments Disqualify Him From Serving In The Senate

“With each comment, Rep. Cramer further disqualifies himself from representing North Dakota in the Senate,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Assault is assault, period. That’s something Cramer just doesn’t seem to understand. And that makes him unfit to lead.”

Washington Post: GOP Rep. Cramer questions whether accusation against Kavanaugh should disqualify him, even if true
By Sean Sullivan | September 25, 2018

“Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Republican nominee for Senate in North Dakota, questioned Monday whether a sexual assault accusation against Brett M. Kavanaugh should disqualify him from the Supreme Court, even if the allegation is true.”
“The comments from Cramer, a top Republican recruit in a marquee Senate race, highlight the extent to which the accusations against Kavanaugh have reached the midterm campaign trail, forcing candidates to respond to sensitive questions about the revelations.”
“In the interview with host Chris Berg televised Monday, Cramer said that if something like […]

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Senate Brief: Kavanaugh Is Already Hurting Republican Candidates

Week of Monday, September 24, 2018

IN BRIEF: Kevin Cramer is under fire for suggesting an alleged rape attempt by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was “absurd” because it “never went anywhere,” and the parties involved were “drunk” “teenagers.”

This isn’t your average Cramer gaffe. While most Republican Senate candidates are staying safely in the “she should testify” lane, Cramer is professing disbelief. What’s more, his suggestion that the allegation shouldn’t be taken seriously because it “never went anywhere” is being compared to Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments.
This will be a liability for Republicans. Cramer has moved the ball down the court by being the first Senate candidate to flat-out deny the allegations. He’s also crossed a line in the midst of a national conversation about assault and consent. And his fellow Republican office-seekers will have to answer for that.
Republicans have lost a major talking point. As Kavanaugh’s […]

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QUICK CLIP(S): Cramer Dismisses “Absurd” Kavanaugh Allegation Because Rape Attempt “Never Went Anywhere”

Kevin Cramer spent his weekend buried under an avalanche of bad press after he told a North Dakota radio station that the assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh was “absurd” because Kavanaugh and Dr. Blasey were drunk teenagers, and the alleged rape attempt “never went anywhere.”

While most Republican Senate candidates have been careful in their continued support of Kavanaugh, Cramer went out of his way to underscore his disdain for the accusation. Asked to clarify his comments, he doubled down, saying “The point of my answer was that the current allegations were even more absurd” than those made by Anita Hill against Clarence Thomas, because, “At the time, there was a sense of legitimacy to what Anita Hill was saying.”

Cramer’s comments were highlighted across North Dakota TV this weekend — and several stations caught up with him at local events.

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Senate Brief: Republicans On Kavanaugh Assault Allegation: Ignore, Dismiss, Distract

Week of Monday, September 17.

IN BRIEF: A sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is putting Republican Senate candidates in a pickle.

After months of blind support for Kavanaugh’s nomination, GOP candidates will face increased scrutiny on a nominee they thought was airtight. And if their reactions so far are any indication, don’t hold your breath for Republicans to do the honorable thing.

Josh Hawley was dogged by questions from reporters after the first Missouri Senate debate last Friday. Asked about the allegation, Hawley said the Senate should move forward and vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Asked “Do you believe the woman?,” he refused to answer and made a quick exit.
Dean Heller doubled down on his support for Kavanaugh in a local radio interview conducted hours after the allegation was made public, saying “America will be better off” […]

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Kevin Cramer Is Silent As Trump Slashes Pay for Over 5,000 North Dakota Workers

The Trump Administration announced executive action yesterday that would rob over 2 million federal civilian employees of a built-in pay raise next year — and cited the federal deficit as an excuse.

But Congressman Kevin Cramer — the ultimate Trump yes-man — has refused to stand up for the over 5,000 North Dakotan federal civilian employees who stand to lose their hard-earned raise. 

The workers not getting a built-in pay raise include Customs and Border Patrol agents keeping our border secure, and over 1,200 North Dakotan VA workers fighting for our veterans. As of 2016, approximately one-third of federal employees were veterans.

“Kevin Cramer endorsed a tax bill that gave massive handouts to the ultra-wealthy and will add trillions of dollars to the national debt,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Now, he’s silent as Donald Trump cuts workers’ wages — including Customs and Border Patrol and VA employees […]

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Republicans Try to Have It Both Ways on Healthcare, Fail Miserably

“Republican Senate candidates are failing miserably in their transparent attempts to have it both ways on Obamacare,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “In spite of their persistent pathetic pandering, this year’s crop of GOP Senate candidates is no exception to the decade-long Republican crusade against affordable healthcare. American voters will voice their disdain for such political antics at the polls this November.”

Politico: GOP’s midterm peril: What if they win on killing Obamacare?
By Burgess Everett | August 17, 2018

“Republican candidates are trying to have it both ways on Obamacare.”
“On one hand, Republicans are still campaigning against the law, arguing a strong election result will allow them one more shot at repealing the Affordable Care Act with GOP majorities in both chambers. And many high-profile Senate GOP candidates support a lawsuit that would scuttle Obamacare if successful in the nation’s courts, a case that will be heard by a federal judge in September.”
“Yet at the same […]

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Kevin Cramer Has No Idea What North Dakota Looks Like

Kevin Cramer is having trouble figuring out what North Dakota looks like. A new report from TPM reveals that Cramer’s campaign materials are stuffed with stock photos from Serbia, Hungary, Indonesia, and Great Britain.

Cramer used the stock image of a grandfather and grandson to sugar coat his plan to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. Unfortunate for Cramer, he’s actually featuring an elegant photo of the eastern European nation of Serbia.

Cramer is also having trouble figuring out what America looks like. Cramer used a photo of shadowy people lurking by a border fence. Unfortunately for Cramer, that’s a photo of Syrian refugees at the Hungarian border with Serbia.

In case Kevin and his team need help with local North Dakota geography, Hungary and Serbia are over 5,000 miles from Bismark.

“Kevin Cramer has no idea what he’s doing. He’s stumbling from gaffe to gaffe while staking his candidacy on a reckless trade war that is punishing North Dakota […]

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Top Cramer Supporter In Jail For Native American Adoption Scam

“Kevin Cramer has been entangled with Betty Jo Krenz for years — she’s even appeared in a TV ad for him and testified to Congress at his invitation. Cramer needs to come clean about his unsavory connections to Krenz — and apologize to the families she has hurt,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

High Plains Reader: Woman Charged With Fake Native Children Adoption Crimes Turns Herself In

By C.S. Hagen | August 1st, 2018

“The woman charged with crimes related to fake adoption proceedings of Native children turned herself in Wednesday morning and is currently in jail at the Stutsman County Correctional Center.”
“Betty Jo Krenz, 47, of Woodworth, was charged with theft of property and the unauthorized use of personal identifying information, according to the jail’s roster.”
“Krenz … became a high-profile figure interviewed by the New York Times and prominently featured in a 2014-campaign advertisement approved by current Congressman Kevin Cramer.”
“Repeated requests for […]

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Senate Brief: With 99 Days To Go, Every Electoral Trend Is Bad News for Republicans

Week of Monday, July 30, 2018

IN BRIEF: With 99 days until Election Day, every trend is heading the wrong way for Republican chances. A map that began overwhelmingly in their favor has shifted toward Democrats as political self-sabotage, poor candidate recruitment, and abysmal fundraising have chipped away at their odds.

Republicans’ repeated attacks on healthcare have decimated their support amongst independent and moderate voters, while healthcare remains the top issue on the ballot. Two GOP Senate candidates — Missouri’s Josh Hawley and West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey — are co-counsels on a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans aren’t campaigning on their unpopular tax law, and Democrats are. D.C. Republicans staked their political futures on a tax law that has proved deeply unpopular with voters across the country. On the campaign trail, GOP Senate candidates are running in the other direction, while Democrats are highlighting the tax law’s giveaways to corporations […]

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Senate Brief: Trump’s Trade War is Damaging Republicans’ Senate Chances

Week of Monday, July 23

IN BRIEF: In battleground states across the country, Trump’s reckless trade war is slamming key midterm voters — and throwing a wrench into Republican Senate candidates’ chances.

In North Dakota, Rep. Kevin Cramer is increasingly choosing his political allies over his thousands of suffering constituents. Trump’s reckless tariffs “threaten the livelihoods of local farmers and the state’s small manufacturing sector.” A 25% price drop in soybeans — North Dakota’s #1 export — has spurred a fully fledged crisis.
In Indiana, Rep. Mike Braun has hewn closely to Trump’s reckless line on trade. But dozens of brutal headlines about the consequences of the trade war won’t go unnoticed as voters look for candidates who will stand up for their interests.
And in Missouri, Attorney General Josh Hawley has  Read more after the jump.