Monty’s BIG EXCLUSIVE ARGUS LEADER NEWS is that former 2 time candidate Rick Weiland is getting into the race for US Senate. Really?
We’re supposed to get excited that Dr. Kevin Weiland’s older, less interesting brother is a Democratic candidate for US Senate? I had to ask someone – does he even live in South Dakota at this point?
Anyway, here’s a snippet from David Montgomery’s story:
Rick Weiland, a staffer for former Sen. Tom Daschle and an appointee in the Bill Clinton administration, says he will try to hold the seat for Democrats. Weiland, 54, is the first Democrat to officially enter the race. Former Gov. Mike Rounds is the only Republican running so far.
Ben Nesselhuf, the chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party, said the news reflected Democratic confidence.
“I think that this is a strong indicator of how bullish Democrats are that we are going to keep this seat,” Nesselhuf said. “Mike Rounds is a very flawed candidate and there are several Democrats who would relish taking him on.”
Weiland forecast a populist campaign, saying he wanted to fight for working families and against special interests he said “snuck into Washington and stole our government away from us.”
And it’s accompanied by a file photo of him sitting in an office. In Washington.
Let’s face it. This is the point where Ben Nesselhuf and the DSCC are going to officially start having kittens.
Their desired candidate, the card they wanted to play against Republicans, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, has now been trumped and beaten into the race by someone who might be accepted as a “true Democrat.”
Meaning, a liberal Democrat. And it’s not the fresh faced Brendan Johnson, who had captured the imagination of liberal Democratic activists statewide – they’ve got Rick Weiland. An aging white male Washington liberal scion of Tom Daschle, who is going to try to run in a state that’s redder than ever against a popular former Republican Governor.
In case you’re wondering about Weiland’s track record, from the same article:
In 1996, Tim Johnson decided to leave the House and challenge then-Sen. Larry Pressler. Weiland was one of four Democrats in the House primary, and he won a crushing victory with 42 percent of the vote. But he failed to break 40 percent in the general election match up against John Thune.
Following the loss, Weiland served in the Clinton administration as the Rocky Mountain regional director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a position that found him frequently in the state dealing with natural disasters.
The House seat was open again in 2002, when Thune challenged Sen. Johnson. Weiland ran again in a four-way Democratic primary, but he ended up second, falling to Stephanie Herseth.
So, how embarrassing is it going to be to Dr. Kevin Weiland’s older, less interesting brother to find out that the DSCC is continuing it’s recruitment efforts with Herseth Sandlin?