From my twitter feed:
Ann Tornberg is the new SD Democrat party chair with Joe Lowe as vice chair YES!!
— Kathy Tyler (@KathyTyler11) December 13, 2014
Assuming Kathy Tyler isn’t saying something foolish as she’s prone to, it sounds as if former Union boss Ann Tornberg is the new chair of the South Dakota Democrat Party, beating out Minnehaha County Chair Jeff Barth for the position.
Just as an aside… This sets up an interesting scenario, as this last session, she served as House Secretary for the Democrats, as hired through the Legislative Research Council. If she carries forward to this session, does this mean that the new Chair of the Democrat Party is going to be a legislative employee?
But I digress. We’re talking about the doom and gloom they face for 2016 as a result of today.
With her campaign experience limited to losing three legislative races in a row, it’s questionable what strategy Tornberg will be able to formulate. Because the prior experience hasn’t proven to be a winner.
And as far as her campaign finances go…
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With only $1,950 of mid to large level donors in her own race, anyone with a knowledge of raising money knows it remains to be seen how she will be able to raise funds to support party activities. Such as an office, staff, etcetera.
Facing a newly elected chair with a track record of loss and only middling success at fundraising, Democrats are providing continued inexperience at the wheel. And that may cause some real dangers for them.
In 2010, Democrats took a pass on challenging John Thune. With a significant war chests going into 2016 for both Thune and Congresswoman Kristi Noem, there may very well be a repeat of that debacle for Democrats. Coming off of this years’ record setting poor performance in recruiting and electing statewide candidates, with a almost non-existent bench, and weak state party leadership, South Dakotans may have a very real possibility that Democrats field no candidates at the statewide level for the 2016 election.
And with two more years of the most unpopular president in modern history to go, today’s vote shows that the primary risk to continued Republican dominance in South Dakota at this point is complacency.