ND tax commissioner seeking alcohol treatment

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Democrats are shying away from criticizing Republican North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger in his fight against alcohol addiction.

Rauschenberger announced Wednesday that he has received in-patient and out-patient addiction treatment.

Fargo attorney Jason Astrup, a Democrat running against Rauschenberger for tax commissioner in November, says he hopes his opponent is getting the help he needs.

Astrup tells the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/Wgu64w ) that many people have friends and loved ones who struggle with addiction. He says it's not appropriate to pass judgment on Rauschenberger.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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