Professor Makes Bold Claim: ND Republicans Think for Themselves

House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo)

A political science teacher at the prestigious Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead has shared some groundbreaking research in a guest column on the right-wing Say Anything Blog.

Academic Mark Johnson argues that the esteemed members of the North Dakota House of Representatives — who are 75 percent Republican — vote according to their own beliefs and definitely are not the tools of House Majority Leader Al Carlson (pictured), “despite popular opinion.”

“In 2015 … on all 464 votes in which there was some dispute or disagreement, Carlson was on the winning side only 85 percent of the time.”

Hmm… seems to me that Carlson gets his way a vast majority of the time. What else you got?

“When looking at the voting records of legislators currently running for re-election in the area, we see further evidence of the fact that local legislators often vote their conscience or the needs of their districts. Rep. Blair Thoreson (R-Fargo) voted in agreement with Carlson only 76.7% of the time.

“Rep. Jim Kasper (R-Fargo) agreed with Carlson 77.3% of the time, and Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-West Fargo) voted with Carlson on only 72.8% of those votes.”

You’re telling me that these men followed Carlson like sheep only three-quarters of the time? Fascinating.

The whole article reeks of PR for Republicans. But why would Professor Johnson do that?

His bio says he “is a former Chief Clerk of the ND House of Republicans.” So Johnson used to worked for Carlson. Nice of him to say a few kind words about the old boss right before Election Day.