I'm afraid we've just hit a new low in North Dakota politics.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's mother, Doreen, passed away recently after a long battle with Parkinson's. On Thursday, the Heitkamps held the funeral in Mantador, N.D., and grieved together as a family.

But in a disgusting and shameful turn of events, that didn't stop the North Dakota Republican Party and the Fargo Forum from attacking Heidi on the day she buried her mom.

The NDGOP posted to their Facebook page that "People have had ENOUGH" of Heidi. And to nobody's surprise, The Forum's basement blogger Rob Port continued his onslaught of nasty, obsessive attacks aimed at Heidi.

I was honestly without words when I saw this. Do The Forum and the NDGOP have no sense of common decency? The Heitkamp campaign and the Dem-NPL held their fire out of respect for the Cramer family when they lost their son. It was just the right thing to do.

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It just shows how low - and dirty - the NDGOP and Forum will go in pursuit of partisan politics. We deserve better than this from the media and from our political parties. And they owe Heidi and the entire Heitkamp family an apology.

Tate previously worked for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party.