Now, here’s one out of left field. It’s been long rumored that the Senate Conservaties Fund and others were out talking to ‘someone’ about challenging former Governor Mike Rounds in the Republican US Senate primary.
Some thought it was Dr. Annette Bosworth, who went out to DC this past week, and there were indications given by her staffer (sfogas) on Wikipedia, and a self-uploading CNN news website that she’s looking at it. However, I’ve had some conservatives tell me that, no, she wasn’t the person they were talking about, and to keep looking.
State Representative Stace Nelson was strongly considered to be in it as well. But, despite being rumored to be moving towards the race, he noted today (as well as earlier) that he was deferring to someone else:
As far as the identity of the new candidate, certain very vague clues were dropped, which, admittedly stumped me for a while, while I narrowed it down. I was told that they were well liked, soft spoken, kind, God Fearing, fiscal conservative credentials, as well as national security credentials.
And then, the hint that tipped the scale was I was told that they were a legislator previously, but not now. Mark Venner was the only one who fit all the clues given to me. And then I stumbled upon some potentially corroborating indications…
(I cut out all the disclosures… but) A whois search of web names shows that someone privately registered “VENNERFORSENATE.COM” on May 28th – about 2 weeks ago when all this chatter started that the SCF (the Senate Conservatives Fund) was talking to someone.
(Update – Venner was also at the Pennington County Lincoln Day Dinner, which was unusual for someone who was not unknown to miss his own county’s events).
Former State Representative Mark Venner, who served in the legislature in 2011-2012, and previously served as part of the Hughes County Commission, definitely had a conservative bent during his service in both bodies, and seems to fit all the descriptions given to me. If this is correct, it’s a bit surprising, as I don’t think that Representative Venner was particularly aggressive about climbing up the ladder of office. But, stranger things have happened.
Are the clues and the web name registration just sheer coincidence? Because from what I’m hearing, it’s evidence that there may be something to the rumors after all.
I’ve got a note to Mark asking him to shed some light on all these rumors and coincidences. And maybe why Stace Nelson would be deferring to him in the race.
Until then, stay tuned.