Native American publisher Tim Giago who famously supported Tom Daschle in his last time out running for the US Senate had a message for Democrat Rick Weiland today. In a nutshell, he asked him to get out of the race, because he can’t win:
In 1980 the U. S. Census proclaimed Shannon County, the heart of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, as the poorest county in America. Thirty-four years later Shannon County still ranks among the top 10 poorest counties in America. During much of that time the Democrats have held the senate and house seats in this state. I have written time and again, “What in the world have they done to bring an end to this travesty?” The answer that comes up is always; “little or nothing.” And so I have urged my fellow Lakota to take this into consideration and not to blindly follow a Democrat simply because that is what they have always done. During those 34 years the Republicans have often held the power and they also can be categorized as “do-nothings” when it comes to solving the poverty problems of the state’s Indian reservations.
I think Rick Weiland is a great guy, but I believe that Larry Pressler stands a better chance of winning the senate seat away from the Republican Rounds. I started this column talking about “selflessness” a true description of what Chad Taylor has done in Kansas. I believe that the only way Democrats or Independents can stop the Mike Rounds Express is to throw all of their support behind Larry Pressler.