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Where The Hell Is Kevin Cramer? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Friday, 27 June 2014 09:38

Seriously.  Where is North Dakota's missing freshman congressman, Kevin Cramer?

It appears Cramer has closed his office in the Federal Building here in North Dakota's capitol city.  Here's a photo of what his office door has looked like for a couple weeks now:


The sign says to call a number for an appointment.  Call that number and you're routed to his D.C. office.  It's kinda sad.  Cramer pays people to staff his Bismarck office, including his church pastor. You'd think the least they could do is keep the office open.

Here's what his voting record -- his record of not showing up to vote -- looks like.   (Spoiler: It looks bad.):


Source: GovTrack.us.

Here's what that says (in summary):   From Jan 2013 to Jun 2014, Cramer missed 60 of 980 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. (He missed 25 in this quarter alone). This is worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart above reports missed votes over time.

He's missed 6% of the votes we pay him to make.  His voting record -- his record of showing up to vote -- is apparently worse than 90% of the members of Congress.

Now, to be fair, I personally would prefer Kevin Cramer never be allowed to vote, so his unexcused absence from the job we pay him to do is -- in some twisted way -- okay with me.  But, at the same time, if I have an employee who locks his office door to me and doesn't show up as much as Cramer, do I really want him on my payroll at all?  I think not.  Cramer closing his office now when the rest of the government is open is especially screwed up when you consider that during the big federal government shutdown Cramer wanted so badly, he kept his office open and kept paying himself, his pastor and everyone else on his staff while many other federal offices had to shut down. 

Regardless, from all outward appearances it seems Kevin Cramer has closed his official office in North Dakota's state capitol, Bismarck.  He's missing an inordinate number of votes. It seems fair to ask the question: Where the hell is North Dakota's missing freshman congressman Kevin Cramer? 


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zee said:

very thorough analysis, thank you
June 30, 2014 | url
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Jason said:

Where's Heidi
At least Kevin communicates with his constituents. Not Facebook town halls like Heidi. Why were there no town halls or visits during her break?
June 30, 2014
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Jason said:

Kramer's response to this allegation that George Sinner has ran with...
George Sinner seems to think the only role of North Dakota's sole representative is to cast votes. He hasdemonstrated a lack of commitment to the countless hours of important face-to-face visits and phone callswith leaders and citizens required to be the representative that the people of North Dakota deserve.Frankly, if he doesn't want to put in the time to do the job, he should reconsider his bid for the U.S. House. As a freshman representative and North Dakota's voice in the U.S. House, I achieved a record of accomplishment while remaining accessible to constituents. During my first term, we reduced federalspending, passed a Farm Bill that included the Cramer Amendment which protected North Dakota farmersfrom environmental overreach by the Obama administration, advanced legislation for water issues faced bythe state, and fought the sex and child trafficking trade. In addition, I now have the pen that the presidentused sign my first bill into law, which streamlines the BLM permitting process for developing our domesticenergy supply and protects our federal lands.I'm happy to say that I represented the wide interests of all North Dakotans and twice voted to rejectraising Congressional salaries, while maintaining my home, family and connections within our state.Unfortunately, George Sinner can't find much to talk about besides where to live and how much to getpaid. He chooses to ignore the big issues to instead play games with voting numbers regarding one day of voting. He ignores that this job is not only about voting. It includes important work representing theinterests of our state with department leaders in Washington. North Dakotans deserve a much better set of ideas from Sinner.While Sinner's agenda is about showing up in Washington, my first term achieved a proven record of results representing the people of North Dakota. We have many big domestic and international issues todeal with. I certainly hope George Sinner gets serious about those.
July 22, 2014
Votes: -3

budman99 said:

who is missing during critical votes and get's paid for it?
Well Democrat US House candidate George Sinner just managed to put his foot in his mouth too, accusing incumbent Rep. Kevin Cramer of missing too many votes in the House.

It’s a pretty thin case against Cramer – as I explained yesterday most of Cramer’s votes have to do with him being on official business back here in North Dakota – but it gets worse for Sinner. Turns out he missed some pretty important votes too, and got paid for it.

Sinner took a vacation the last two days of North Dakota’s 2013 Legislative session. People who follow the Legislature know that last year’s session went down to the wire, to 5:00am on the 80th and final day, as they were considering some crucial bills for the state (because legislators don’t work until 5:00am on routine stuff) including:

HB 1013 - A funding bill for K-12 education and the Department of Public Instruction which included the much-talked-about property tax reform

HB 1015 – The budget for the Office of Management and Budget which contained considerable funding for infrastructure projects

HB 1198 - Major reforms for oil royalties, including tax withholding, and a controversial close to the so-called “stripper well” exemption

HB 1290 - A bill requiring notice to property owners for impending increases in assessments

SB 2003 - The North Dakota University System budget which included major appropriations to building projects

SB 2200 - Major reforms to the funding formula for North Dakota’s universities

Those were some key votes among those taken in final day of the legislative session, which Sinner missed as you can see from that days Senate journal. Where was Sinner?

His campaign had to admit today that he was on vacation, attending a family reunion. What’s more, he received pay for that day, even though he said this in today’s Grand Forks Herald: “If a member misses votes for unexcused reasons, they don’t get paid. Period.”

Sinner is playing some word games there. In the North Dakota Legislature the members vote every day to excuse absent members so that those members can still collect their pay for that day. So Sinner is giving himself some rhetorical wiggle room, I suppose.

“One of the most important lessons my dad taught me was that the work comes first,” Sinner said in a press release yesterday attacking Cramer for his missed votes. Maybe that was something his father told him while he was not showing up to work in the Legislature to attend a family reunion. And getting paid for it.

They are all incompetent, putting their personal agenda, instead of the public's best interest.
They are all
July 23, 2014
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nimrod said:

Kramer's response
Jason channels Kevin Cramer. Simply Amazing!
July 23, 2014
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