State’s congressional delegation needs to step it up

Such is the national news these days:

Franken apologizes for making some women ‘feel badly’

Barton to go mum over disclosed photo, citing probe

Trump speaks up for Moore, warns against his ‘liberal’ rival

And the Associated Press stories below the headlines:

Franken: “Democratic Sen. Al Franken issued a Thanksgiving explanation and apology in the wake of four women alleging that he had touched them inappropriately, a message that ended with a promise to regain constituents’ trust and suggested no resignation was being contemplated.

Franken, elected to one of Minnesota’s Senate seats in 2008, faces a Senate ethics investigation for improper conduct. His statement Thursday didn’t admit to groping or other inappropriate touching but acknowledged that some women felt that he had done something offensive during their encounters. Still, the senator apologized.

“I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations,” he wrote. “I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many. Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that. …”

Barton: “Suggesting he’s a victim of revenge porn from a jilted lover, Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas says he plans to go silent about the release of a nude photo of him online because police are investigating the disclosure as a possible crime against him. Authorities have not confirmed an investigation. …”

And Moore:

“Silent for more than a week, President Donald Trump all but endorsed embattled Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore, discounting the sexual assault allegations against him and insisting repeatedly that voters must not support Moore’s “liberal” rival.

Two Alabama women have accused Moore of assault or molestation — including one who says she was 14 at the time — and six others have said he pursued romantic relationships when they were teenagers and he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s. …”

And so it goes – on and on and on.

Which brings up the question, where is North Dakota’s congressional delegation when all of this front-page theatrics takes place? Obviously, Sens. Hoeven and Heitkamp, and Rep. Kevin Cramer need to step it up. N.D. is being denied its time in the limelight.

Yes, we say that in jest. We North Dakotans can be darn proud of the people we have sent to Washington, D.C., in the recent past and throughout the state’s history.

Chalk up one more thing to be thankful for at this time of year – the state’s moral compass has not yet malfunctioned like we are witnessing in so many other parts of the country. We can collectively count our blessings.

However, make a mental note to pay more attention to character in future elections, both state and local. We cannot afford to be ignorant to what is happening around us.

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