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LETTER: Former Rep. Pomeroy shines in comparison with Cramer

FARGO — On July 22, George Sinner, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL candidate for U.S. House, held a press conference calling out Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., for missing 11 percent of his votes over the past three months.

Cramer responded by saying there is more to the job than showing up for votes.

And I for one would like to thank the congressman for stating the obvious.

North Dakotans don’t need him to tell us what the job is. We already know. Former Rep. Earl Pomeroy represented North Dakota for 18 YEARS and only missed 2 percent of his votes.

In fact, Cramer has missed more votes in his first 18 months than Pomeroy did in his first four years.

Not only that, but during last year’s government shutdown, when 800,000 federal employees wanted to show up for work, they couldn’t because of votes Cramer made. While he played politics, the employees sat at home, hoping they’d be able to pay their mortgages or rent.

While Cramer sat in Washington and collected his paycheck (by the way, North Dakota’s two senators donated theirs to charity), those federal employees crossed their fingers and hoped they’d have enough money to feed their family.

As a Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and a former Department of Veterans Affairs employee, I spent the 16 days of the shutdown working and worrying about whether I would get the benefits that I rely on to support my family. It appears that Cramer didn’t have these same fears.

Sinner has proposed not paying congressmen unless they actually do their jobs. If I don’t show up for work, I don’t get paid. Cramer hasn’t showed up for work a lot, but he still collects a check. Does he think Congress deserves special privileges?