I know it has been awhile since my last update. The last months of the campaign, the pace really picked up. Between the door knocking, attending events, and standing on street corners sign waving it has really been busy. All the hard worked paid off because after hours of waiting at the Minnehaha GOP victory party, I got the results and I had won!
Time for the happy dance.
The election is over! All the signs have been picked up, cleaned, and shrink-wrapped and stored away. Time to pay the finial bills, then moth-ball the campaign until 2018 season starts up. This could be sooner rather than later.
Now It time to start being a legislator! I didn’t have to wait long. On Saturday, my mailbox was filled, my E-mail inboxes sprang to life. I received congratulation cards, letters and resumes from legislators looking for leadership positions, and stack of invitations to almost every social event in Sioux Falls. I also received a packet of paperwork from the LRC.
Most important was the flowers from my biggest supporter and loudest critic, My lovely bride, Mrs. MCI was getting ready to accept some of the invites when my Facebook messenger popped up with a message from Senator Peters, not to accept any of the invites until the details of Imitated Measure 22 can be sorted out. What!?! I checked with a few other current legislators, and the blogs, to get a better feel for what I should be doing. The general consensus was to not do anything, just to sit tight. The Executive board, the Governor, The Attorney General and a few others were already working on a solution. Meanwhile I sit here with a fist full of invites I can’t do anything with. The worst part is, these groups have information I need to be able to do my job as a legislator. It is like having a library card, but not able to read any of the books.
I also got notice of the Caucus elections, along with a gently worded warning to keep everything hush, hush. I really don’t know how much I can release, and when I can release it. I have to work with these ladies and gentlemen, and I will need their support in the coming months. So, I’m sorry, Pat, I kept my keyboard on silent. I wish I could say the same for my cell phone. The Republican House Caucus Social dinner was held on November 18th, with the elections held on the 19th. There was a bit of snow on the evening of the 17th that made a real mess of the roads east of Mitchell. Long story short, it was white knuckle driving from Sioux Falls to Mitchell, and even after Mitchell it was best to keep your wits about you. During this drive time I received about five phone calls from various legislators, each one looking to sway my vote one way or another. Thank goodness for the Bluetooth headset so I can keep my hands on the wheel and my eyes on, well, where I think the road should be. I also received a number of text messages from various people checking on my progress, including If I gone in the ditch yet.
The social dinner was a quick hand shake and this is who I am, then move on. Not really enough time to really get to know someone. I have been advised that what happens in the Caucus, stays in the Caucus, Therefore, I’m not going to tell, so please don’t ask.
I did get a chance to wonder a bit around the capitol and get a feel for where everything is at. There were a few groups decorating trees for Christmas at the Capitol.
My next taste will the Governor’s Budget address on December 6th with some additional training on the 7th.
I have been told that for this budget address I will be seated somewhere on the floor of this chamber.
More updates to come …