Reports coming from the Hughes County Lincoln Day Dinner are that Congresswoman Noem may in fact have fired the first shot in the hypothetical 2014 senate primary between her and former Governor Mike Rounds.
Noem apparently said something to the effect that “The current Governor is a breath of fresh air. He’s open and willing to work with others.”
If this is in fact true, the 2012 GOP campaign events may be more fun than previously expected. Stay alert at future Republican gatherings for veiled shots at former Governor Rounds and also ask yourself why someone (Rounds) openly talking about running for US Senate in 2014 isn’t attending a Republican dinner supporting his Republican party in his home town.
If Rounds had attended the dinner, the political world would be buzzing over his appearance. If he attends anything this year, the enthusiasm in the party would begin to build around him. If he remains absent from GOP events until next year, he probably deserves to have a few verbal jabs thrown his way and will most likely have a contentious fight on his hands for the nomination.