Do you like that the Governor is taking sides in the GOP primaries? Either way it’s provided another classic Lora Hubbel quote, ?I just wish he would talk to me.?
Gov. Dennis Daugaard?s public support for Republican State Sen. Bruce Rampelberg in the District 30 primary is one of a small group of endorsements the governor is making prior to the June 5 voting.
It is an unusual move by the first-term governor, showing that he is willing to step in and help his friends and supporters in the Legislature and work against those who might not be so friendly.
The three endorsements the Rapid City Journal reported on are all incumbents. Rampelberg (district 30), Tom Nelson (district 31) and Deb Peters (district 9). I don’t have a problem with endorsements of incumbents in primaries, and in many ways I appreciate Daugaard taking a stand to support legislators he’s worked with.
It doesn’t surprise me that Daugaard would endorse Peters, and while I may disagree with her on some issues, her opponent Lora Hubbel has been anything but reasonable about the Governor’s policies.
Hubbel said Monday that she is a conservative with more conservative views than Peters on abortion and other social issues. Hubbel said she sought meetings with Daugaard to discuss their differences but never got them.
?I just wish he would talk to me,? she said.
I guess this is the best way for Lora to learn that if she’s going to dish it out she will also have to learn to take it.
The only thing I really dislike from the endorsements and could be hurtful to their cause is Tony Venhuizen’s comment about George Ferebee.
?The governor just sees Tom Nelson as a very good, solid legislator. He?d like to see him back,? Venhuizen said. ?The governor has heard good things about Bob Ewing as well.?
When asked if the governor had heard similar good things about Ferebee down in the District 30 Senate race, Venhuizen said:
?What he has heard about George has reinforced his decision to endorse Sen. Rampelberg.?
Rampelberg, a 69-year-old retired banker from rural Rapid City, beat Ferebee, a 72-year-old rancher from the Hill City area, by 19 votes following a recount in their 2010 race.
Clearly the governor endorsing legislators in a primary will antagonize the opposition all by itself. Rather than putting Ferebee down, I would have preferred to see Venhuizen strengthen the case for Rampelberg. In a close election, Venhuizen might have just provided the extra motivation Ferebee’s supporters were looking for.
All in all, the endorsements don’t surprise me or upset me.