MDR has a story today about SHS being one the top earmarkers in the U.S. House. Earmarks have traditionally been a badge of honor for Congresspersons and Senators but they’ve fallen out of media, conservative and tea party favor (you don’t talk about being a great earmarker without getting a public beating) In this election, SHS used some commercials to point out her scoring dollars for SD — but it wasn’t her main theme. No question it’s a tough walk to walk — earmarks out of public favor, but very few projects would turn down the cash.
The next two years will be interesting — earmarks are potentially being “banned” So what’s Kristi Noem to do? Will the ability to secure SD federal money become an issue for the campaign in 2012. Could earmarks be the what tips the scale for SHS to more than 50-50…..
So conservatives and tea partyiers– are you really against earmarks for everyone or just for other people?