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Commentary: Heitkamp deploys man who married his campaign manager to attack Cramer for hiring his wife as campaign manager

FILE -- Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and his bichon frise, Dakota, head to the Senate floor in Washington, Dec. 13, 2010. Over 80 current members, including Conrad, are preparing to depart Capitol Hill at the end of the 112th Congress, half of them leaving involuntarily. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

Throughout this election North Dakota Democrats, and Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign specifically, have attacked Congressman Kevin Cramer for employing his wife as campaign manager.

Kris Cramer has responded to these attacks, pointing out that she has an advanced degree in communications and is more than qualified to work for her husband, and based on FEC disclosures she’s getting paid far below the going rate for campaign managers anyway.

But still, the Democrats think the issue is something they can beat Cramer with, and they’re sticking to it. So it goes.

What’s odd, though, is their choice in surrogate to make this argument. Former Senator Kent Conrad did a radio interview with Senator Heitkamp’s brother yesterday, and Heitkamp’s staff has turned that segment into a press release:

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