WOW! There are too many kooks running for the legislature.
In the District 6 Senate race, tea party-endorsed candidate Ernie Otten is challenging state Rep. Gene Abdallah. Otten has blanketed the district with mailers accusing Abdallah of voting ?to force Obamacare? on the state and favoring higher taxes and restrictions on gun ownership.
In one mailer, Otten said Abdallah received an ?F? rating from the South Dakota Gun Owners.
Abdallah is furious with the mailers because he received an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association. Abdallah has feuded for years with the South Dakota Gun Owners, whom he called ?thugs.?
?They have campaigned against me ever since I?ve been in the Legislature, and I suspect they will continue to,? he said. ?My opponent has chosen to align himself with this organization that I think is a scam. I have the endorsement of the NRA, the most recognizable gun organization in the world.?
A message with Rapid City-based South Dakota Gun Owners was not returned.
Must have been too busy to return the call… Even the quiet Brian Liss has become involved in compiling legislative records. But Senator Gene Abdallah delivered one of my all-time favorite quotes in response.
The race also has featured state Rep. Brian Liss, who is leaving the Legislature at year?s end after one term. Liss, a Republican, compiled the voting records of legislative members. To control for sicknesses or other reasons for missing votes, Liss analyzed only days in which a lawmaker made a vote and then missed others.
His analysis showed that Abdallah missed 36 percent of the floor votes, a number that Otten has cited in a flier. Sometimes, Liss said, absences are legitimate.
?Other times, they?re just off smoking cigarettes or doing something at the Capitol but not their job,? he said.
Abdallah dismissed Liss as a ?totally ineffective? lawmaker who could have been absent for 100 percent of the votes and not been missed.
?If I missed any votes, they were votes that were insignificant, in my opinion, such as the state flag, the state dessert, the state song, or whatever,? Abdallah said.
Otten did not respond to phone messages.
I am starting to see a disturbing pattern here from Otten and the Tea Party crowd when it comes to returning phone calls based on the allegations they are making. The Tea Party might be good nationally but in South Dakota our Tea seems to have gone bad somewhere along the way.
And while there continue to be real issues we need to focus on in South Dakota, Rep. Lora Hubbel continues to make insane allegations about “Daugaardcare.”
?I started seeing South Dakota going down the wrong path,? she said. ?When I got in, I tried to root it out. I found that they didn?t want to hear what I had to say about the corruption I found, and they certainly didn?t want to root it out because it would have cost them money.?
She calls the state?s current health care system ?totalitarian? and said the federal Affordable Care Act, or ?Obamacare,? essentially is the same as what South Dakota has implemented ? which Hubbel called ?Daugaardcare.?
I have always held the belief that the Governor should try to get along with these “Tea Partiers” but I’m not sure what brand of tea they are anymore. I don’t even know what planet half of them are living on when it comes to the issues they are worked up about. They are more than a little delusional these days.
And the more I think about the endorsements from Governor Daugaard, the more I agree with him for getting out and taking a stand. We should be advocates for the kind of policy we want to enact. There isn’t anything wrong with Daugaard coming out and actively supporting individuals who will support his positions. It seems too many of the people in the Gordon Howie crowd feel they can throw stones at the Governor, but he’s not allowed to fight back. (what kind of liberals are they?)
Someone commented on here “either Governor Daugaard runs the party or Gordon Howie does.” That is true. I, like 88% of primary voters, don’t want Gordon Howie running the party or the state.