Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) told Politico she is “likely” to remain in the Senate instead of joining Donald Trump’s administration, “robbing the GOP of a chance to easily turn the moderate Democrat’s Senate seat red by recruiting her for a plum executive-branch nomination.”
“A pair of top North Dakota Democrats said over the weekend that it’s unlikely Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) would accept the position of Agriculture secretary if President-elect Donald Trump offers it to her,” KTIC reports.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has emerged as President-elect Donald Trump’s leading choice for Agriculture secretary, Politico reports.
“A special election to replace Heitkamp would almost certainly turn her seat over to a Republican, so the choice would give Trump a chance to appear conciliatory to Democrats, albeit with a lower-profile Cabinet role, while allowing the GOP to bolster its Senate majority.”
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) met with Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) this week to discuss a potential open Senate seat, Politico reports.
The Tuesday meeting comes as President-elect Trump is considering Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for a Cabinet position, possibly at the Energy Department or the Agriculture Department.
“Senior Senate Democrats are putting pressure on their red-state colleagues to turn down any offer from Donald Trump to serve in his administration, warning that their party could suffer if they join forces with the incoming president,” CNN reports.
“Democrats are worried that if Trump adds two Democrats to his Cabinet — potentially North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — the balance of power in the chamber could tilt further to the GOP. So they are making the case to their colleagues to stay put.”
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), “widely considered Democrats’ best hope for reclaiming the governor’s office in North Dakota for the first time since 1992, said Wednesday she will not compete for the job in next year’s election,” the Fargo Forum reports.
“Heitkamp said she still considers being governor the highest honor a public official can have, but she had to weigh that against issues she’s dealing with in Washington, such as new pollution standards for coal-fired power plants, the nation’s oil export ban and a new clean-water rule that would expand federal jurisdiction over some state waters.”
North Dakota Republicans will propose a bill to change the manner in which open Senate seats are filled, amid rumors that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is considering running for governor in 2016, the Say Anything Blog reports.
Heitkamp would choose her own successor under current law. The proposed change would require Senate vacancies to be filled by special election.