Argus Leader reporter Jonathon Ellis makes a great point about the Democratic congressional primary (or lack of one).
Attention Democratic organizations: How about a debate or two?
In a month, the Democrats (along with independents, if they wish to vote) will pick a candidate to challenge Rep. Kristi Noem in the November election. But outside of the two candidates running in the primary, the Democratic Party chairman and maybe three or four other people in the state, nobody else seems to know there?s a race.
There hasn?t been a lot of media attention, that I?ll grant. The two candidates, Jeff Barth and Matt Varilek, pointed that out to me last week. Well, I asked, is there a debate coming up that we could cover?
What is going on with these guys? If medicare, keystone, the tea party, the GOP are so terrible, wouldn’t you think the Dems would want to get out and make as much noise about those issues as possible?
Curd, Noem and Nelson took advantage of a contested primary and used it to their advantage.
It appears to me that Matt Varilek is following Tim Johnson’s playbook from 2008. No debates. Period.