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Published January 18, 2010, 10:43 PM

Hoeven Promised Committee Spots

Senate Minority leader promises Hoeven plum assignments.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Senate's Republican leader is promising Gov. John Hoeven two plum committee assignments if he's elected to the Senate this fall.

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell was in Fargo on Monday to campaign for Hoeven. The Republican governor is running for the Senate seat being left by Democrat Byron Dorgan.

McConnell says if Hoeven gets to Washington, he'll have spots on the Senate's appropriations and energy committees. McConnell says it's rare for any freshman senator to get on the appropriations committee. It controls federal spending.

North Dakota Democratic spokesman Joe Aronson was critical of McConnell's visit. Aronson says Senate Republicans aren't trying to help solve the nation's problems.

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