Running Away from Obama: Campaign Staff hides Obama Merch from Press, “doesn’t poll well here”
Heitkamp Digital Director: “she’d probably be bolder” Once Re-Elected
Heitkamp Campaign Deliberately Vague on Support for Border Wall
Senate Staff Assistant: “If the country moved further to the left, [Heitkamp] would move to the left.”
Campaign Organizer: Pressure Trump with Impeachment if “we get the Senate back”
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(Washington DC) Project Veritas Action Fund has released undercover video from incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign and Senate staff exposing bait and switch politics to court moderate voters. This is the fifth undercover video report Project Veritas has released in a series revealing secrets and lies from political campaigns in 2018.
Said James O’Keefe, founder and president of Project Veritas Action:
“As we’ve seen from our undercover reports this October, politicians, will lie, obfuscate and hide their real politics to win a few votes. Senator Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota is no exception.”
Heitkamp Will Be “Super Liberal” Once Re-Elected
Featured in the report is Senator Heitkamp’s Digital Director, Jesse Overton, who says that Senator Heitkamp will be “super liberal” should she be re-elected:
OVERTON: “It’s an election year for her. She’s being careful about pissing people off, and … said basically like, after the election, if and when she gets re-elected, she’s going to be super liberal.”
Overton alleges that during the campaign, Senator Heitkamp plays politics “safe,” but if she wins a third term “she’d probably be a little more bolder about it.”
Also in the report are staffers from Senator Heitkamp’s Fargo, North Dakota campaign office, including Hallie Skripak-Gordon and Lauren Dronen, who reveal they make Senator Heitkamp’s campaign appear more moderate than it really is to the press and voters.
JOURNALIST: “I don’t like that you took the Obama poster down [in the Fargo campaign office.]”
SKRIPAK-GORDON: “It’s because the press was here. When Trump was here… the day that Trump was, we had press in here because we had a lot of volunteers. So we take it down when the press comes.”
Skripak-Gordon continues, saying that “people don’t want [Heitkamp] to be like a Democrat-Democrat. You know, they want her to be a moderate, so you don’t want like a super liberal President to… maybe the association wouldn’t actually be beneficial to her.” Added Mary, another campaign staffer, the association with President Obama “doesn’t poll well here.”
Another individual who works in Senator Heitkamp’s Senate office, Prescott Robinson, also says that once re-elected, Senator Heitkamp could be “more progressive.”
ROBINSON: “Maybe she wins by twenty points and she goes ‘okay I can be a little more progressive.'”
ROBINSON: “And it also depends, if she starts supporting something, and then the calls come screaming in, maybe she goes back.”
ROBINSON: “The thing with politicians is that they’re politicians… If the country moved further to the left she would move to the left.”
ROBINSON: “Like I think that if we had a Democratic Senate, she would vote for more policies that you see more Democrats support.”
Vague on Trump’s Wall
Dronen explains how Senator Heitkamp’s campaign is deliberately vague regarding support for President Trump’s proposal for a border wall so that voters on both sides of the issue won’t be alienated:
JOURNALIST: “So don’t say she doesn’t support the wall?”
DRONEN: “Yeah, I would just say she supports effective border security that includes barriers in some places but whatever folks on the ground think is effective.”
JOURNALIST: “… So don’t say that she doesn’t?”
Another individual who works on Senator Heitkamp’s campaign, Ian Childs, explains plans for the impeachment of President Trump:
CHILDS: “It’s time. We get this, we get the Senate back, [Trump’s] gonna have some pressure on him. He’s gonna start acting right or he’s gonna face some consequences… Well he’ll know that he’s gotta that impeachment word looking at him.”
This is the fifth release in a series Project Veritas Action Fund began publishing in October 2018 exposing dishonesty and unethical conduct in elections across the country. Project Veritas Action Fund will continue to publish undercover reports in this series.
View the other investigative reports in this series: