Democrats are going to pick their next chairman on Saturday in Oacoma to preside over the anticipated drubbing they’ll take again in 2016, as South Dakota, one of the reddest states, continues trending in that direction.
After earlier flirting with running for chair, defeated Senatorial Candidate Rick Weiland waved off calls for him to run for the chairmanship, leaving Minnehaha County Democratic Chairman Jeff Barth in the race as well as Union County Democrat Chair Ann Tornberg.
In 2012, Barth was defeated in the US Congressional primary by Democrat Matt Varilek, who later lost to Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Tornberg’s claim to fame was to run for the legislature three times, losing each time for the office.
In addition to serving as 2014 Democrat Convention co-chair, and President for the Sioux Falls Education Association Labor Union, Tornberg lists as her occupation “Owner, Tornberg Farms” in the professional web site “LinkedIn.”
Interestingly enough, if you do a search of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) database, “Tornberg Farms, Inc.” seems to have done quite well as far as commodity payments are concerned:
Crop Summary for Tornberg Farms Inc
|Dairy Program Subsidies||$166,896|
Read that all here. What’s even more interesting is in light of the fact that the man who turned down the chairmanship, Rick Weiland, had devoted his campaign this year to rail against subsidies for “Big Ag” corporations:
If Weiland is elected, one of the first things he promises to do is reform the farm bill to make it more equitable for smaller farmers, removing subsidies for big agriculture corporations.