I seen this editorial in the Argus Leader.
Perhaps the most disappointing is the appearance of political favoritism in Daugaard’s appointment of departing Secretary of State Chris Nelson to fill an empty Public Utilities Commission seat.
On the face of it, though, there’s far too much of an appearance that this is a political appointment, a sort of golden parachute for the term-limited Nelson.
That perception of cronyism is unfortunate and does no favors for Nelson as he begins his new job in January – or for the reputation of the new administration.
A golden parachute for Chris Nelson? I believe there are a number of companies that paid handsomely for Mr. Nelson’s services. However it could have been Governor-elect Daugaard needed to appoint someone with a proven track record of honestly and integrity, someone he wouldn’t have to worry about. Chris Nelson fits the bill. Even the Argus agrees.
No one doubts Nelson’s administrative abilities. He was praised widely during his time as secretary of state for the efficiency with which he conducted elections, his consumer advocacy and the openness of his office.
For right now, Chris Nelson seems to be the best person for this position. Who would have you selected for the open position? What’s next? The way the Christmas tree is decorated outside Dennis Daugaard current office?