Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp voted against Kavanaugh’s nomination, but her own past in covering sexual abuse puts her squarely as a hypocrite. Fox News reports:
North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp did not push to prosecute individuals responsible for physical and sexual abuse of students when she was the state’s Attorney General, with one accused school employee subsequently sexually assaulting a child.
Heitkamp, who served as the North Dakota’s attorney general between 1992 and 2000, oversaw the North Dakota Bureau of Investigation’s probe between 1993 and 1994 into allegations of abuse at the Wahpeton Indian School (WIS), now known as the Circle of Nations School, a boarding school for troubled Native American students.
She is currently running for her re-election in the upcoming November election, with the latest Fox News poll putting Republican candidate Kevin Cramer ahead by 12 points. Last week she justified her vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, stating she will stand up for women and young girls across the country. “Our actions right now are a poignant signal to young girls and women across our country,” Heitkamp said. “I will continue to stand up for them.”
My statement on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh: pic.twitter.com/exZcK78JtF
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) October 4, 2018
The allegations of physical and sexual abuse at the Native American school were largely confirmed by four state and federal investigations conducted by the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office, the North Dakota Department of Human Services, the FBI, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Heitkamp has a tough reelection campaign in November, and her dropping poll numbers are only making the challenge harder.