Here’s something interesting that I ran across last night. I finally got my hands on an updated list of South Dakota voters, and I took the time to look up Democratic Congressional Candidate Corinna Robinson’s voter registration.
If you recall, I noted earlier that I’d been hunting on a previous list I had, and for some odd reason, could not find the congressional candidate anywhere on it. Which frankly is really unusual for someone who is running for one of the highest statewide elected offices. What did I now find?
On October 16th, Jon Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader had reported:
A retired Army officer and Iraq War veteran plans to challenge Rep. Kristi Noem in the 2014 election.
Corinna Robinson served 25 years in the Army before retiring. She recently resigned as the anti-terrorism and force protection directorate at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency to run for Congress in her native South Dakota.
That was at Argus Leader.com on October 16th, 2013. Guess what date she registered to vote in South Dakota?
Obviously, she decided to run, put her townhouse out east on the market, had to find a place in South Dakota to hang her hat, map out all the details of her running, and talk to the press….
And it looks as if actually registering to vote in South Dakota was on the tail end of that “to do” list.
The fact of the matter is that Robinson retired from the military in 2009, and took a job in the DC area where she had established a residence and put down her roots. In fact, I’m told that the only evidence of her voting that could be found was that she voted in Virginia in the 2012 General Election. Then, fast forward 4 years, and at least two major elections later, she decides that returning to the state of her birth would be a good place to begin a political career.
This seems to be a continuation of Democrats having to import their candidates. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin had established herself in Washington before coming back, but at least she had put a few years together in working in South Dakota before she left and came back. And if memory serves, in 2010, Scott Heidepreim’s running mate, Ben Arendt, had only been in South Dakota only a couple of years before being named as his Lt. Gov choice.
And now we have Corinna Robinson, who had to establish residency in South Dakota on the same day she announces to run.
When former Democrat Dale Hargens declared that the Democrat Party had “turned the lights out,” he probably should have also noted that they’re outsourcing their candidates as well.