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LETTER: Desperate Burgum resorts to desperate tactics

There was a stark contrast between the two Republican candidates at the June 1 gubernatorial primary debate. While Wayne Stenehjem articulated a positive vision for the future of North Dakota and laid out specific proposals to better our state, D...

Bernie and Lois Altenburg wait for the Republican district convention to start Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at PRACS in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
FILE PHOTO: Doug Burgum speaks during the Republican district convention Jan. 19, 2016 in Fargo. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum)

There was a stark contrast between the two Republican candidates at the June 1 gubernatorial primary debate. While Wayne Stenehjem articulated a positive vision for the future of North Dakota and laid out specific proposals to better our state, Doug Burgum seemed more concerned with scoring cheap political points by attacking his opponent.

Burgum's campaign has been negative from almost the day he announced, and at this point in the race, it seems as if he is getting more and more desperate.

His favorite strategy at the debate seemed to be one in which he would wait until Stenehjem would not be allowed to respond before making his attacks. This might make for an easy soundbite in the newspaper the next day, but for anyone watching in person or on television, it looked rather pathetic.

What we are seeing is the bitter end of an exorbitantly expensive, failing campaign that sees no other way forward other than dishonest attacks. Burgum has so far entirely neglected to offer a single substantive action item that he would work toward if elected governor. Instead, he repeatedly opted to take the low road.

I hope my fellow citizens will see through Burgum's negative campaign and elect someone who has offered real solutions and an uplifting message for North Dakota. Please join me in voting for Wayne Stenehjem on June 14.

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Nick Creamer

Grand Forks

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