Dr. Annette Bosworth continues her loop around South Dakota, this time stopping in Yankton, where she notes to the press she’d like to be US Senator John Thune’s wingman:
Congress needs fewer “yes” men, and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) could use a good wingman, according to a Sioux Falls physician considering a run for the U.S. Senate.
“One of the frustrating things about what’s gone on in Washington is the stuckness in thinking,” said Dr. Annette Bosworth during an informal meet and greet Wednesday at JoDean’s. The physician’s stop in Yankton was part of her statewide tour to speak with South Dakotans and explore a run for Congress on the Republican ballot.
In an interview with the Press & Dakotan, Bosworth said one of the primary problems with Congress is the “career politician.”
“They want to get re-elected and satisfy where the money comes from,” she said. “They spend as much time raising money and politicking for funds as they do understanding the issues they are there to represent your state for. That needs to change.”
“I don’t think you could provide a better platform to say it’s not about the money, the prestige, or the title of being senator that I do this for,” she said. “I’m doing this because South Dakota needs a voice.”
That platform would also include a self-imposed two-term limit, she said.
“The idea is that you’ll go to the U.S. Senate and be there forever and get re-elected again and again and that you’ll make a difference. But the chances that will get you the outcomes you’re looking for is so close to zero,” she said. “That’s not how humans work. There needs to be a deadline. You need to say the words ‘I failed’ if what you are trying to do in that time doesn’t end up being accomplished. And if you fail, you need to leave so someone else can do it.”
Should she decide to run, Bosworth added she would be a good companion to Sen. Thune during her time in office.
“He has some great ideas, and he really needs a partner next to him with great ideas and passion to fuel his ideas and to be his wingman,” she said. “He doesn’t need a shadow who hangs out behind him and is a yes man. He needs somebody who has strengths of their own and can show up at the table and say, ‘As a pair, we can do amazing things.’”