The Washington Post interviewed Congressman Kevin Cramer and Senator Heidi Heitkamp following a couple of bad weeks for the Congressman. The article, published last evening, was revealing. What was exposed in the Post is Cramer’s bitterness toward the White House’s appreciation for Heitkamp’s accomplishments and his grasps for reasoning behind it all.
The fallout from Cramer complaining about Marc Short is evident. Recall that Cramer, a member of the Legislative branch, blamed Short, a member of the Executive branch, for Congress not getting legislation passed. Short heard the complaint and “quickly brought the interview to the attention of the National Senatorial Committee (NRSC). It is important to remember last year, Senior Senate Republicans walked away from Cramer out of fear of his “cringe-worthy” moments. At the time, CNN reported, “The maneuvering comes as some influential Republicans now are fearful that Cramer could damage their chances if he commits gaffes.” In the end, he’s their guy.
What is the catalyst for these complaints? Heitkamp being at the bill signing ceremony of a banking bill she co-sponsored and helped pass. Cramer called it “obscene.” One could ask why Cramer was even attending this ceremony at all. He wasn’t a co-sponsor of the bill. Many of the other 325 members who voted in favor of it didn’t attend. Just days ago he told the Bismarck Tribune he’s “also received White House invitations but declines about half of them based on what’s a best use of his time.” As far as I know, there isn’t a way to verify his claim made as a means to downplay this particular ceremony’s significance. Yet, he made time for this one only to spend the following weeks bashing it.
“I do think there’s a little difference in that she’s a woman. That’s probably part of it – that she’s a, you know, a female. He [Trump] doesn’t want to be aggressive, maybe. I don’t know.” – Kevin Cramer
Lastly in the Post article, he pulled out the woman card. Cramer expresses that he believes Heitkamp gets special treatment because she’s a female. Cramer’s had a past of lashing out at women in prominent roles. What does gender have to do with any of this?
Look, I haven’t said much new in this post that I haven’t already written on this website. Then why highlight it again you may ask? Because our lone Congressman keeps making awkward complaints and excuses that are unbecoming of the office he seeks. There is a pattern of behavior. Every few days we’re given another example. It is the public unraveling of his composure that needs our attention.