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NDGOP keynote speech by Secretary Zinke reportedly closed to North Dakotans

Public lands secretary terrified of… the public


(BISMARCK, ND) – Yesterday, the North Dakota Republican Party announced their 2018 Convention keynote speaker, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Unfortunately for the NDGOP, even their most reliable cheerleaders are underwhelmed by the announcement. The announcement also came on the same day it was reported that the FEC was probing Zinke’s PAC for more than $600,000 in unreported contributions.

But the bad news doesn’t stop there.

According to a report from the Forum, Zinke’s speech will be closed to the public. In stark contrast, Vice President Biden’s keynote address at the Democratic-NPL Convention was free and open to the public. And this isn’t the first time a cabinet leader in the Trump administration has ruffled feathers in North Dakota by shutting out the press.

It begs the question – what’s the NDGOP trying to hide?

“If Secretary Zinke and the Trump administration’s endorsement of Congressman Cramer is so strong, what are they afraid of?” said Scott McNeil, Executive Director of the North Dakota Dem-NPL. “Maybe the administration hasn’t gotten the memo – because they haven’t in the past – but North Dakotans value a free and open press, and expect transparency of their public leaders. It’s time Congressman Cramer looked up from his rubber-stamping duties for his party and delivered the fair and open election North Dakotans want – and deserve.”