Duane Sand will be debating incumbent Earl Pomeroy for the second time on October 20th. You can catch this debate, which is sure to be intense, on NBC at 7PM. Recently Earl has become more and more desperate to find an issue to attack Duane on. He decided to make the false claim that Duane takes his paycheck from a "radical Washington special interest group". It turns out that this "radical group" is American's for Prosperity, one of the nation's largest limited government, low taxes minded-groups, a group supported by former Governor and current Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer. It's also important to note that Earl Pomeroy's campaign "takes its check", or at least 76% ($1.1 million) of it from special interest groups.
Earl Pomeroy is running out of things to say, and this is evidenced by the fact that any given sentence from his campaign is bound to contain one of the following phrases: "fighting for North Dakota", "North Dakota values at work", "Powerful Ways and Means Committee", and the classic "out of state partisans". Let's first take a look at one of Earl's favorite catch phrases - "fighting for North Dakota". The phrase is so vague that it hardly warrants a response, but it's clear that if Earl really wanted to fight for North Dakota, and the entire country for that matter, he wouldn't have voted himself a six week vacation this summer when we were struggling with high gas prices.
Another phrase that Earl likes to throw into all of his radio and television ads is "North Dakota values at work". Maybe he has forgotten that North Dakota is a pro-life state, and that his 16% rating from the National Right to Life Committee doesn't exactly fit with "North Dakota values". His pro-abortion voting record is something that Earl is always trying to hide from, but it is finally starting to come out this election year. Perhaps the most outrageous statement from the Pomeroy campaign is found on his website where it states that every two years, Earl is attacked by "out of state partisans". I'm not sure how Earl Pomeroy can describe Navy veteran and North Dakota native Duane Sand as an out of state partisan while still being a member of the Pelosi crowd in Congress. Earl represents San Francisco values, not North Dakota values.
I hope that next Monday's debate will give voters the chance to see that North Dakota has a great opportunity to elect Duane Sand, a true North Dakotan with a commitment to the taxpayer and a desire to serve the state and bring a refreshing change to Washington.