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Crossposted from North Decoder

This is pretty amazing.

Dem-NPL Public Service Commission candidate Brad Crabtree is starting to make an issue out of the fact that members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission are violating the spirit of state laws that prevent public officials from taking bribes.  He's arguing that commissioners accepting campaign contributions from people associated with organizations that have business before the commission create a conflict of interest for commissioners, or at least the appearance of one.  When asked, Crabtree stated that he said he wouldn't necessarily call for an investigation into the matter though.  This seems reasonable since the law doesnt speak about campaign contributions per se, and it's also extremely hard to prove a direct link between campaign contributions and corruption, particularly in a post-Buckley and a post-Citizens United era. Republican U.S. House Candidate and Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer apparently thinks otherwise though. When asked to comment about this, Cramer said the following:

"He's asking for the trust of the people, but he's not willing to turn in criminals that he knows are breaking the law? That's pretty pathetic, quite honestly,"

AP--Source: SFGate, emphasis mine

So set aside for a second that he completely mischaracterized what Crabtree was getting at, Kevin Cramer just called himself a criminal.  His words, not mine.  Not Crabtree's either.  Not only did he call himself a criminal, he's a known criminal, and he thinks someone should have the guts to arrest him.

Hey, man if the shoe fits...

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    antooo, Alice Olson

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right. -- Senator Carl Schurz(MO-1899)

    by Adam Blomeke on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 09:33:00 AM PDT

  •  No, you don't seem to understand -- (0+ / 0-)

    the criminals are the people who pay the bribes, not those who take them.
    While the Constitution presumes that the behavior of individual citizens is good, unless and until proven otherwise, and public officials are to be restricted to carrying out only those duties and obligations with which they are tasked, nothing more or less, conservatives presume that public officials are not only virtuous, but empowered to check the behavior or citizens.
    In a sense, it's a matter of the proper sequence of events being reversed, possibly because instinct-driven people have a poor understanding of cause and effect.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 10:07:50 AM PDT

  •  There's more to this... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm guessing the reason Crabtree doesn't bother reporting Cramer's criminal behavior, and the reason Cramer doesn't have anything to worry about, is that the county prosecutor in North Dakota's Capital City recently issued a letter saying he won't prosecute state employees who engage in criminal conduct, so long as the criminal first "consulted with others" before committing the crime.  

    True story.

    Stay tuned to NorthDecoder.com for the rest of THAT story in coming days.  

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