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Unable to secure time with senator

Sen. Heitkamp, D-N.D., has frequently chosen not to meet with me, the North Dakota state director of Concerned Women for America. Since February repeated attempts have been made to meet with the senator about her vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice, to no avail.

Staff in her Bismarck office took the request and her scheduler, Patrick Brende, of Washington, D.C., was contacted, but there has been no response forthcoming. It is pattern of closed doors we conservative women with CWA, both from our national office, as well as state, have encountered when attempting to schedule a meeting with Heitkamp. Contact was made at the end of last month in hopes that a call from our national office would secure a meeting.

Heitkamp’s scheduling director, Stacy Austad, responded with, “Unfortunately Sen. Heitkamp’s schedule is completely booked the next few weeks and she is unable to meet. Thank you for the request.” Last week I found out that Heitkamp had time for the North Dakota Women of Planned Parenthood on March 1. Their Facebook page documents the meeting, boasting “Our patients and providers just visited with Sen. Heitkamp — a true champion for women and families.”

Heitkamp has said she is genuinely undecided on Gorsuch, including whether to back a potential filibuster of him. On Feb. 2, “This idea that somehow you can bully me into doing something that I don’t think is right for the country by saying ‘You’re from a red state,’ it just gets old. This idea that, ‘Oh, she’s up for re-election and she’s going to be scared’? Anyone who says that about me doesn’t know me that well.”

If it is true, she is not scared and genuinely undecided, why won’t she schedule a meeting with me?

Linda Thorson, Edinburg


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