Political Calculation 101: Cramer Admits He Signed Onto Butch Lewis Act for Political Reasons

(BISMARCK, ND) – Kevin Cramer has used his support for the Butch Lewis Act to bolster his bipartisan credentials, but North Dakotans know that’s just more election year spin. Cramer admitted that the only reason he signed onto the Butch Lewis Act was because he “came to the realization that I wasn’t going to get a lot of support unless I jumped on.” Talk about political calculations.


Unlike Cramer, Heidi helped write the Butch Lewis Act to protect teamsters’ hard-earned pensions and secure a dignified retirement for thousands of North Dakotans. But Cramer doesn’t want Heidi to have any of the credit – he even lashed out at a North Dakota retiree who thanked Heidi for her work. Threatening his support for the bill, Cramer said that, by expressing gratitude toward Heidi, the pensioner was “jeopardizing the livelihoods of 1.5 million retirees.”