If you noticed the post below, State Representative Stace Nelson has announced his campaign team for the US Senate Race, naming off everyone who is involved with the effort. A few thoughts struck me as I was reading the release.
Four of them are current legislators, with Dan Kaiser, Elizabeth May, Chip Campbell, and campaign chairman Lance Russell.
Lance was a good choice for Nelson, given his political experience. Russell had been the West River person for the Timmer for Congress Campaign, Pennington County Executive Director, and Executive Director of the SDGOP for a time under Joel Rosenthal before Lance decided to go to Law School. Russell provides some badly needed experience for the campaign, but it remains to be seen how much he’ll be involved in the day to day operation.
R. Shawn Tornow is representing Stace as his campaign’s attorney… weeks after rolling him under the bus in closing testimony for the Dan Willard robocall trial? That’s not going to help the specter of the trial and his alleged involvement in the matter fade anytime soon.
I thought that was libertarian blogger Ken Santema who was pictured walking the parade for Nelson in Aberdeen. Santema had been talking about running as a Libertarian candidate for SOS, but now he’s on the campaign team for a Republican candidate? We also have the former chair of the South Dakota Constitution Party, Scott Bartlett, working the campaign as well.
I caught at least 4 mentions of people being “Christian Conservatives” in this press release as part of their curriculum vitae. That was part of the particular phraseology that got Nelson crossways with former GOP chair Joel Rosenthal.
Several people involved with the campaign out west cite membership in the SD Citizens for Liberty (SDCFL) group. Does this mean that Nelson is running as the Tea Party alternative this year?
And, it didn’t escape my attention that Nelson has 2 of the South Dakota Blogosphere’s bloggers named as actively working on his campaign, with the previously mentioned Ken Santema, as well as Gordon Howie, the former Gubernatorial candidate who himself ran as the Tea Party alternative for Governor in 2010.
Anything I missed about the campaign team that you noticed?