Plastic Surgeon Turns Political Puppeteer: See How This Doctor Is Stirring Controversy In North Dakota’s GOP Race

By Alan Hume | Thursday, 23 May 2024 01:00 AM
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The Republican primary for the at-large congressional seat in North Dakota is set for June 11, and the race is heating up with one candidate resorting to unconventional campaign strategies.

Rick Becker, a plastic surgeon who previously ran as an independent for the U.S. Senate in 2022 after failing to secure the Republican nomination at the state GOP convention, has enlisted the services of transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney. Becker paid Mulvaney $350 to feature in a campaign advertisement targeting his conservative adversary, Julie Fedorchak.

Fedorchak has received endorsements from prominent figures such as Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Governor Doug Burgum (R-ND), both of whom are staunch allies of former President Trump. Becker, on the other hand, boasts endorsements from Rep. Bob Good (R-VA), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Chip Roy (R-TX), all of whom backed Governor Ron DeSantis in his unsuccessful attempt to prevent Trump's return to the presidency.

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Mulvaney, a transgender woman, gained public recognition following an interview with President Joe Biden in 2022. In the interview, they criticized Republican states for imposing restrictions on surgical procedures for minors seeking to transition, with Biden remarking, “in some states, it’s just outrageous, and I think it’s immoral. The trans part’s not immoral, what they are trying to do to trans persons is immoral.”

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Mulvaney has undergone surgery to feminize his facial structure. It remains uncertain whether Becker has ever performed such transgender-affirming procedures in his practice, although his website indicates that he specializes in breast and vagina surgery.

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During his tenure as a member of the North Dakota legislature in 2019, Becker voted against a resolution urging Congress and President Biden to fund the construction of a border wall and ensure compliance with federal immigration laws.

Becker was among the few members who voted against increased penalties for child abuse and bills aimed at strengthening laws against indecent exposure towards a child and child sexual abuse.

In March 2023, Mulvaney drew media attention by posting a controversial video in which he portrayed a six-year-old girl in a sexually suggestive manner.

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