Port: Supposedly 'independent' U.S. House candidate Cara Mund is fundraising with Democrats again

There sure are a lot of liberals and Democrats working very hard to elect to Congress someone who claims she would vote for Republican leadership there. Don't actions speak louder than words?

Cara Mund meets with residents as she collects signatures Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in West Acres Mall, Fargo, to be placed on the ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives as an independent.
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MINOT, N.D. — To hear U.S. House candidate Cara Mund tell it, she's actually a Republican, but she's not welcome in the GOP because the party is run by a bunch of old white men who just won't accept a woman like her.

Which is kind of insulting to the many women in North Dakota who vote for Republicans, and hold office as Republicans.

I guess they're all dupes? Who knows. The politics of identity are so often convoluted and situational.

But Mund's portrayal of herself is a canard.

She is not a Republican. I'm not convinced she's even all that moderate. She may claim that she'd consider caucusing with Republicans if elected to the House, but there's no way that high-profile Democrats pushed their party's candidate out of the House race to make room for Mund so that she could get elected and help give Republicans a majority in Congress.


Former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is singing her praises, as is former Congressman Earl Pomeroy. Every left-of-center columnist in the state wants Mund to win against Republican incumbent Kelly Armstrong. Mund is hanging out with Democratic-NPL stalwart Sarah Vogel, and raising money with Tom Dickson , the chairman of Heitkamp's past U.S. Senate campaigns, and a former chairman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL.

Now Mund is raising money with a high-profile Democrat from the state Legislature.

Per an invitation forwarded to me by a reader, this Friday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m., Mund will be raising money at the home of state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, a Fargo-area lawmaker, a member of the Democratic-NPL, and consistently one of the most left-wing members of North Dakota's state assembly .

Cara Mund fundraiser information
An invitation for a fundraiser for Cara Mund's U.S. House campaign to be held at the home of a Democratic-NPL lawmaker.
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But we're supposed to ignore all of this, and pretend as though Mund is something like a moderate Republican, and that Hanson wants to elect her to Congress despite this, and to say otherwise is name-calling or something.


We need not be stupid.

Actions speak louder than words.

This is not me casting aspersions on anyone's politics. Rep. Hanson's views are not my own, but I have a great deal of admiration for her for being such an open and forthright advocate for them.


Be they conservative or liberal or some other flavor of ideology, I don't begrudge anyone their sincerely held beliefs.

What I do have a grudge against are insincere people. People who try to hide what they believe, or obfuscate their ideologies, for the sake of political expediency.

People who campaign on false pretenses, in other words. That's what Mund is trying to do.

If there's some red line that Trump could cross, some depth he could stoop to in words or action, that would cost him the support of North Dakota's delegation, he doesn't seem to have crossed it yet.
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From her social media profiles, which were scrubbed clean of a lot of content supportive of national figures like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez right around the time her "independent" House campaign was launched, to the fact that the only political figures supporting Mund's campaign are liberals and Democrats, to the fact that she's so coy about her policy positions beyond the question of abortion, it's clear that Mund isn't being forthright about her politics.

She's not campaigning as herself. She's wearing a figurative Halloween costume over her actual views and hoping North Dakota's voters won't notice. Worse, she acts as though it's an insult for anyone to point out that how she portrays herself as a candidate is at odds with who she has sought out for support for her campaign.

That's a shame.

People who seek public office should be more forthright. And, besides, Mund, who is very intelligent, who has a lot of admirable accomplishments on her resume, would be a much more interesting candidate if she just campaigned as her authentic self.

Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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