Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin keeps making positive appearances in South Dakota, most recently when she received the East River Electric Power Cooperative Eminent Service Award.
“I accept this award today, but want to assure you that my service to cooperative values is in no way at an end.”
I admit that I am very intrigued to see what her plans are for the future. We can all agree that losing stings, and the potential for a rematch or an open Senate seat don’t come along very often in SD politics. My guess is she has her sights set on a 2014 run if Johnson steps down. So in the meantime, why not collect a few awards from former constituents in South Dakota and add to her resume?
“Stephanie has been a strong supporter of East River Electric, its members and the rural electric cooperative model as a whole, and we appreciate her vision to advance programs important to rural America,” said East River General Manager Jeff Nelson.
Herseth-Sandlin is likely to get plenty of attention like this award over the next couple years. This kind of praise often goes to former members of congress, and we are going to be hearing from organizations that Herseth-Sandlin served when things were generally good across America. She didn’t need to make the hard choices that are confronting our elected officials at the present time. With a divided congress, it did’t become an issue that her political philosophy was more liberal than most of South Dakota.
As times change, it will be interesting to see how the public views Herseth-Sandlin. She was never unpopular or disliked by voters in South Dakota. Even during the 2010 election, she regularly polled with favorables in the mid 50’s to low 60’s. People liked her. They just didn’t think she was fighting hard enough for South Dakota against the liberal onslaught in Washington.
If Herseth-Sandlin chooses to run again, it will be interesting to see how the political climate has changed.