Mercer has an interesting post over on his blog discussing Herseth Sandlin’s new job as a reason she might not be running for office in ’14.
General counsel and vice president of corporate development is a long way to spell Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. That the Democratic former U.S. representative is taking a post in top management at Raven Industries in Sioux Falls explains why her Brookings home is on the market for sale and also suggests she won?t be a candidate for Congress ? U.S. House of Representatives or U.S. Senate ? in 2014.
Mercer also makes the case that she could jump back into politics.
Herseth Sandlin could use the 18 months from September until the 2014 candidacy filing deadline to further establish her Sioux Falls base and then run if Sen. Johnson declines to be a candidate for re-election. Or? she could run for U.S. House? or for governor? or keep working for a strong company and enjoy running her own life and raising her child. She?s already been to the top, or near top, in South Dakota politics. You have to wonder why she would to try to climb back up there.
The reason Herseth Sandlin would want to climb back up that mountain is simple. She didn’t come down on her own. She got knocked off. I bet it stung on the way down.
A little speculation: My gut (wow! I’m already turning into Jeff Barth) tells me she doesn’t want to run against former Governor Rounds if he gets a free pass in the primary so she will wait to see what Rep. Noem decides. I’m sure she hopes a Rounds vs Noem primary will be to her advantage, assuming she has a free pass to the Democratic nomination. If there is a GOP primary I bet she’s in. If not, she’s young and can sit it out for as long as she wants.