Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) will declare his challenge to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) at an event Friday in Bismarck, ND.
“Cramer's Facebook page on Thursday listed a ‘Cramer for Senate Announcement & Rally’ Friday evening at the Bismarck Ramada. The post included a picture of the congressman with the words ‘Kevin Cramer U.S. Senate.’” (AP)
“Cramer, who had announced just a month ago that he was passing on the race, told reporters at the Capitol that he had a change of heart in part because of witnessing important legislation, including the tax cut bill, squeak through the closely divided Senate.”
Cramer: “It’s more the significance of the United States Senate and the fragility of the majority that motivates me to give greater weight to that larger issue than just simply my family.”
“With signs that the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill is growing in popularity, Cramer predicted that Heitkamp’s vote against it could prove ‘fatal’ for her, and he said he’d probably be making it a focus of his campaign.”
“Cramer said that Heitkamp’s recent vote against moving forward on a late-term abortion ban ‘lit up the phones, frankly,’ especially after news coverage in North Dakota showed that Heitkamp had high-fived” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. (Washington Post)
ON THE TEAM. Oilman Harold Hamm will be Cramer's finance chairman and Dan Eberhart will be vice chairman. (Politico)
ON THE ATTACK. "The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party is welcoming Cramer to the race with four Facebook display ads attacking him as 'Crooked Cramer,' 'a self-interested politician' who is 'taking money from constituents in North Dakota and steering it back into his own bank account' and who uses his campaign as 'his own personal piggy bank.' The party will also being running digital ads on YouTube and promoted tweets. The ads leads to a microsite, stairway2kevin.com.''(Politico)