Congresswoman Kristi Noem has another announced challenger. No, not in the general but in the primary. As reported by Ed Randazzo:
Stephanie Strong of Rapid City has revealed that she intends to challenge the first term Congresswoman who defeated Stephanie Herseth–Sandlin in a close race in 2010.
I assume, based on where the news broke, that Strong is aligned with the Tea Party in Rapid City. I respect her right to run, but obviously she is running up a very steep hill against a popular incumbent.
More intriguing than this announcement was the comment by Representative Hubbel following the blog post on Randazzo’s column.
lora hubbel on February 2, 2012 at 4:51 am
I think every politician should be defined in a primary. I am anxious to see how Kristi looks against another Republican?.she looked great against a Democrat. We?ll see?.
I found Hubbel’s comment very interesting; why would she comment on this subject? While I was finding this challenge amusing, Hubbel was taking it seriously. (But reading between the lines of her comment, I wondered if Hubbel was talking about Deb Peters?) As conservative as I am, there is some odd stuff happening across this state in the Republican Party.
Side Note: I am convinced that I remember the name Stephanie Strong from somewhere before. I keep thinking I remember getting a letter in 2010 from her stating that she would run against Senator Thune. I’m going to search my letters from the 2010 election to see if anything comes up, but that is about all I can put my finger on at this moment. Let me know if you remember anything like that. Obviously she didn’t do much more than send out a letter if my memory is correct.