Heitkamp to Bloomberg: How ’bout you do you, and leave North Dakota out of it

posted at 7:31 pm on March 27, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

While I’m sure there are plenty of Democrats who are amply appreciative of NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s aggressive brand of “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom”-style governance, the nanny-state progressivism-on-steroids approach is somewhat less welcome to others. Red-state Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, for instance, isn’t too keen on Bloomy trying to push her into complying with his own gun-related views rather than those of her constituents:

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) criticized New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s federal gun control push on Tuesday, advising the mayor that he should be more worried about gun violence in his own city than in North Dakota, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

“North Dakota continues to have one [of] the highest rates of gun ownership and lowest incidences of gun crime in the country,” Heitkamp said in a statement. “Yet New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg insists on taking gun-driven crime statistics in his city and from other major cities and trying to force those numbers into a narrative that just does not fit North Dakota.” …

Her statement came in response to the recent $12 million ad buy from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, pushing senators in key states — including Heitkamp — to support such gun control legislation as comprehensive background checks. Bloomberg, who co-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2006 and is personally financing the ad campaign, is spending roughly $156,000 in North Dakota.

“Frankly, there are far better uses for Mayor Bloomberg’s $156,000 than buying ads attacking a way of life he clearly does not understand,” Heitkamp wrote.

“I wouldn’t expect Mayor Bloomberg to follow my advice on how to run a major east coast city of over 8 million people, and I don’t plan to follow his advice on what is best for North Dakotans,” added Heitkamp, whose state has about 700,000 inhabitants.

Boom. Heitkamp has already bucked President Obama on the gun debate, and as she notes here, North Dakota has a high rate of gun ownership and yet somehow is a far cry from being a big source of deadly crime — Bloomberg’s logic really doesn’t apply, and he shouldn’t presume to try (especially when he can’t even manage to demonstrate what gun safety and responsibility is supposed to look like in a planned-out advertising campaign, for goodness’ sake).


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Pull my finger….

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Bloomberg’s logic is gay…

Seven Percent Solution on March 27, 2013 at 7:35 PM

MYOB.

petefrt on March 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM

How ’bout showing us her total voting record?

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Has Bloomy disarmed his bodyguards yet? Didn’t think so.

chewmeister on March 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Heitkamp thread… so she’s endorsing gay marriage now?

Oh, no… nevermind. It’s a gun control thread and she’s still pretending to be a moderate as if moderate Democrats are things that exist. Has nobody told her she isn’t up again until 2018?

Gingotts on March 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I’d call that a b i t c h slap.

BacaDog on March 27, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Doesn’t Sen. Heidi Heitkamp realize that in the liberal world, ONE SIZE FITS ALL?

Doesn’t she want N Dakota to be the next Deee-troit or Chicago?

GarandFan on March 27, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Blue-on-blue is entertaining, but, it’s all carefully choreographed by ‘team obama’ – and it means nothing. Sorry, Ms. Heitkamp, but the big (D) next to your name tells us where you really stand – (D) stands for (D)ECEPTION, among other things.

Pork-Chop on March 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Of course she is going against gun control. If she is for it; she is getting voted out. GOP tar and feather her with the party’s position.

melle1228 on March 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

As the vast majority of gun crime is black on black, and as North Dakota has a black population of 1.2%, ipso facto, post hoc ergo propter bigot hoc. Just saying.

Paul-Cincy on March 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM

There’s Good (read Less) Government public officials and then there’s “We Know What Good For You Government” power trippers. We need more of the former and fewer of the latter. Good for the senator from North Dakota. Looks like she hasn’t forgotten where she’s from.

SleeplessinChicago on March 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Do we have a DINO here? Is such a thing even possible?

Sherman1864 on March 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

There’s Good (read Less) Government public officials and then there’s “We Know What Good For You Government” power trippers. We need more of the former and fewer of the latter. Good for the senator from North Dakota. Looks like she hasn’t forgotten where she’s from.

SleeplessinChicago on March 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Except on every other issue.

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Do we have a DINO here? Is such a thing even possible?

Sherman1864 on March 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

No. Because, whereas most republican “elite” look down on their electorate, the democrats are in full support of their bases’ stupidity.

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2013 at 8:06 PM

She will be against gun control as long as it is convenient for her,

roy_batty on March 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Do we have a DINO here? Is such a thing even possible?

Sherman1864 on March 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

.
In my adult lifetime, Gov & Sen Zell Miller and Congressman James Traficant have come the closest.

I totally believe Traficant was framed, and that it was his pro-God, anti-abortion, and anti-IRS campaigning (and 2-minute floor “rants”) that got him targeted.

listens2glenn on March 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Do we have a DINO here? Is such a thing even possible?

Sherman1864 on March 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

…ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…NO!

KOOLAID2 on March 27, 2013 at 8:24 PM

If the Senate goes Republican in 2014, there’s an even money chance that she and Manchin pull a Richard Shelby/Ben Nighthorse Campbell move and cross the aisle.

Mr. D on March 27, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) better be locked and loaded when Sheriff Joe shows up in town.

redguy on March 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM

If the Senate goes Republican in 2014, there’s an even money chance that she and Manchin pull a Richard Shelby/Ben Nighthorse Campbell move and cross the aisle.

Mr. D on March 27, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Doubtful. They don’t have the same kind of seniority that would make the jump meaningful. If it is close, and they could tip the balance like the rat bastard traitor Jim Jeffords (remember him- yeah neither does anybody else), the GOP could make a deal but otherwise their conversion would be meaningless.

Happy Nomad on March 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

NORTH DAKOTA has a Democrat Senator?!

Cleombrotus on March 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

NORTH DAKOTA has a Democrat Senator?!

Cleombrotus on March 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Try to keep up.

Jaibones on March 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Crime is unfortunately all about demographics.
There is a very high correlation between the percentage of black people in a region and its crime
rate. Whether its Switzerland/North Dakota or Brussels/Stuttgart or Detroit/London crime can easily be predicted by the percentage of black population and no amount of screaming ‘racism’ will change this fact.

flawedskull on March 27, 2013 at 9:31 PM

As the vast majority of gun crime is black on black, and as North Dakota has a black population of 1.2%, ipso facto, post hoc ergo propter bigot hoc. Just saying.

Paul-Cincy on March 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Truth being racist, and all.

98ZJUSMC on March 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

democrats support baby killing……Who cares ……They are moral midgets…..

crosshugger on March 27, 2013 at 9:44 PM

If the midget Stalin wants to advocate for pet leftist issues outside of New York he should have to leave the government. There is something seriously wrong with a sitting politician taking part in political issues that go outside of the bounds of the constraints of the governmental position he is holding. A person gives up some of their free speech rights when they take a job in the government – especially one that involves enforcement of law. If the midget Stalin wants to take part in national debates about guns and his determination to erase our Constitutional rights then he should have to do it as a private citizen.

The midget Stalin recognizes this problem, himself, when he makes a split between the governed (who he thinks need to have their Constitutional rights infringed on) by the governing, who are exempt from said infringements and seem to think they should keep that exemption even after their terms (as with the laughable exemptions in New York they wanted for former police officers and big mags).

The midget Stalin is welcome to waste his whole fortune (if he wants) trying to advocate for the death of America … but not while he is holding office.

That said, the midget Stalin should be in jail, already, for having sent his New York cops out of their jurisdiction to try and entrap gun dealers … or whatever the hell he was trying to do in that criminal operation. The midget Stalin, the New York City police commissioner and everyone from New York involved in that should have been brought up on federal charges.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM

She’s a democrat. She’ll say what is needed to get elected and stay popular, but when it’s nut-crunching time, she’ll vote however the party tells her.

i.e, she can’t be trusted. Some Republicans are unreliable; in recent history, all democrats are not to be trusted. At all.

AZfederalist on March 27, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Mayors Against Illegal Guns

I love the way they name things the opposite of what they are really for. They should be called “Mayors Against Legal Guns”

Corsair on March 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I love the way they name things the opposite of what they are really for. They should be called “Mayors Against Legal Guns”

Corsair on March 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM

“Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” also comes to mind.

AZfederalist on March 27, 2013 at 11:25 PM

GOD Bless her!

Delsa on March 28, 2013 at 12:08 AM

She’s a democrat. She’ll say what is needed to get elected and stay popular, but when it’s nut-crunching time, she’ll vote however the party tells her.

Bingo – Senators are elected for 6 years, folks. My psychic powers tell me she is probably up in the next cycle, so she has to get re-upped in order to salute the Party for another 4 years, before she gets all conservative-sounding again.

If you vote for a Democrat because they claim to put their constituents ahead of their party, you have proven that they have at least one constituent who isn’t worth even that risk.

drunyan8315 on March 28, 2013 at 12:39 AM

She is not up for re-election, seeing as she was just elected.

And as a North Dakotan, she has been a good officer of state for years, even if I do not approve of most of her views. I would have preferred Berg for the team win, but Heitkamp is the better person, in all measurable respects. Berg was an Akin waiting to happen.

Lets see what Washington does to her before I support her. I she is still a human being in 6 years, and there is no better alternative, I may vote for her.

ctwelve on March 28, 2013 at 1:44 AM

And as an aside, that is why Washington is gridlocked. People do not vote for the party so much as vote for whomever is best for the state. Sort of. Berg was not well-liked here; I’ve never known somebody to show open hostility to campaign supporters in their own home! Stories, man…

ctwelve on March 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM

She should have went further and said gun bans were not good for NYC either.

It makes no difference where you live.

SHALL

NOT

BE

INFRINGED

Means the same, everywhere.

TX-96 on March 28, 2013 at 6:54 AM

She briefly detacted her lips from Obama’s rear to attack Bloomy.
She must be up for re-election in 14.

texasgoat on March 28, 2013 at 8:05 AM

(especially when he can’t even manage to demonstrate what gun safety and responsibility is supposed to look like in a planned-out advertising campaign, for goodness’ sake).

Planned bad firearm handling to show that even people that claim to be gun supporters and can handle firearms safely will make mistakes that will lead to death and destruction.

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 28, 2013 at 8:41 AM

, ipso facto, post hoc ergo propter bigot hoc

I’m stealing that.

Must hand it to libs. They create failed policies that drive the statistics that can be used to promote doubling down on the failed policies.

MechanicalBill on March 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Sorry, Ms. Heitkamp, but the big (D) next to your name tells us where you really stand – (D) stands for (D)ECEPTION, among other things.
Pork-Chop on March 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I tend to agree with this statement a lot. I had a hard time voting for Ryan Taylor, but I did bcs I know the man from Towner from being a Stockman’s member. I despise the way the GOP here in ND has grown the state govt to unGodly proportions.

And as a North Dakotan, she has been a good officer of state for years, even if I do not approve of most of her views. I would have preferred Berg for the team win, but Heitkamp is the better person, in all measurable respects. Berg was an Akin waiting to happen.
Lets see what Washington does to her before I support her. I she is still a human being in 6 years, and there is no better alternative, I may vote for her.
ctwelve on March 28, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Sort of. Berg was not well-liked here; I’ve never known somebody to show open hostility to campaign supporters in their own home! Stories, man…
ctwelve on March 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM

I voted Berg, but that was hard. I cannot stand the guy. I do not Like John Hoeven, either. These 2 guys hate each other & they are BOTH cheesed!cks of the worst sort.
Dalrymple I believe is a good man. But he is progressive in many ways regarding spending.
I am sick & tired of how our state legislature is spending like a drunken sailor on this fossil fuel $$.
In Hettinger county our property taxes went up 30%. WTF?! We ranch. So we’re not rich. We can barely pay our taxes enough as it is.
I teach in Hettinger & Grant county.
Both of these counties are full of morons! They waste $$, no one is holding them accountable bcs they want their piece of the pie, etc.
Now I’m not a native North Dakotan. My husband is.
I have lived all over the US.
I love it here. But I have noticed that North Dakotans love them some socialism. Perhaps it’s that German & Norwegian heritage, IDK.
But these people rail against Obama & the Democrats & then are the 1st in line for their various government payments.
The farmers are the worst of these wh0res.
The whole nation everywhere, especially those that call themselves conservatives, are all wanting their piece of the ‘free’ pie.
And it is costing us all big time.
I listen to Joel Heitkamp’s show on KFYR sometimes. Sometimes I agree with he & his sister on things.
But they have the same attitude all Democrats/Liberals have toward government & that is that it is supposed to take care of people cradle to grave.
It’s insane.

Badger40 on March 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

NORTH DAKOTA has a Democrat Senator?!

Cleombrotus on March 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

You can thank Rick Berg.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I love it here. But I have noticed that North Dakotans love them some socialism.

Badger40 on March 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

To my knowledge, North Dakota is the only state with a state-run bank.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Yeah, I don’t know why people think North Dakota is some Republican haven. We’re an odd mix of populist and libertarian, with some socialCon thrown in for good measure.

I mean, we’re the only state with its own central bank! The only state where a pharmacy must be majority-owned by a licensed pharmacist; no Wal-Mart prescriptions here. We’re the only state where one does not register to vote, because we do not trust the government to protect such lists.

I like to think of Nodaks as austere social-minded libertarians. No other description seems to work.

And thank god the frugal thing is still strong. All that big spending? Petty much just infrastructure and tax relief. Sme are grumbling about the legacy fund, but so far that is impotent grumbling.

And Joel Heitkamp is an idiot, and the very worst of what the Valley has to offer. He is too Minnesota for my taste. On behalf of the Valley region, I’m sorry.

ctwelve on March 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

You can thank Rick Berg.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

And before they we had Kent Konrad. There is a powerful populist streak here.

ctwelve on March 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM

She briefly detacted her lips from Obama’s rear to attack Bloomy.
She must be up for re-election in 14.

texasgoat on March 28, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Again, no she is not. She was just elected! Why do people insist on saying things when they could simple cntl + T and google it?! Stop spewing wish-statements; that is what Progressives do.

ctwelve on March 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

So there is 1 Democrat who can think with a level head!! Bloomberg is an idiot. Thank you North Dakota.

karlinsync on March 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Her biggest advantage is she is beholden to nobody at the national level, really. Time will tell if she remains that way.

ctwelve on March 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM