Rep. Roscoe Streyle is a Republican of some note in North Dakota, being the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee education and environment section. So it’s notable that he’s taken to Twitter this week to hammer a couple of other notable Republicans: U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer and state senator and possible U.S. House or Senate candidate Tom Campbell of Grafton.
In a series of tweets Thursday night, Streyle laid into Cramer for not accomplishing anything in Republican President Donald Trump’s first six months in office.
“@RepKevinCramer will take July and August off, cause he works so hard..zero successes,” Streyle tweeted.
It was a tweetstorm semi-worthy of President Donald Trump, whom Streyle strongly supports.
Streyle was referring to comments made by former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who said on Fox News, “We’ve been talking about this for seven years. … You still can’t point to a single thing that will unite us.”
It points to a growing frustration among Republicans regarding their long-held promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Congressional Republicans have struggled to unite behind one strategy to accomplish that goal and Senate Republicans are learning their plan is deeply unpopular. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven recently said he can’t support the bill in its current form. The Congressional Budget Office estimates 30,000 North Dakotans would lose health insurance under the Senate plan.
House Republicans, however, did pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, similar to the Senate bill, which polls say is also deeply unpopular.
A common refrain of Democrats, seeing an opportunity in the mid-term elections in 2018, is that Republicans railed against Obamacare for seven years — yet failed to come up with a viable replacement in that time.
Contacted about his tweets regarding Cramer, Streyle said, “It’s embarrassing. I mean, get some work done out there. How hard is it?”
Asked for specifics, Streyle listed a lack of tax reform, Obamacare replacement, border wall funding, budget reform, deficit reduction, entitlement reform and Second Amendment changes.
“Trump has been very successful from an administration standpoint,” Streyle said. “I just don’t get how they can work 147 days a year and think that’s working hard.”
Lest you think Streyle is calling for Cramer’s head, think again. He says he still supports Cramer as North Dakota’s lone House member. Which is a key distinction we’ll get to in a moment.
“I do like the town halls he does and it’s mainly my frustration with leadership, not necessarily Kevin, to be fair,” Streyle said. “I was probably a little tough, but listen to former Rep. Chaffetz. He basically says the same thing.”
Streyle also took a shot at Campbell, whose name has been floated (possibly only by Campbell’s consultant) as a possible candidate against Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp in 2018. Campbell has said he’ll run for either U.S. Senate or U.S. House, depending on whether Cramer decides to run against Heitkamp.
“Can’t think of anything I’d rather see more today…Campbell vs. Neset debate. TKO in 1st. Campbell fallback plan…park or township board?” Strelye tweeted July 5.
“Neset” is Kathy Neset, current chair of the State Board of Higher Education and oil industry consultant, whose name was recently tossed out via the Say Anything Blog (possibly by Streyle?) as a potential candidate against Heitkamp.
Streyle said he supports Neset for Senate over Cramer. In an earlier tweet, Streyle wrote, “The best candidate by a mile to challenge Heidi. #RunKathyRun”
Asked about that, Streyle said, “One hundred percent Neset, yes. Kevin, stay in the House.”