Speculation abounds across the state about whether former Governor Mike Rounds will seek the GOP nomination for US Senate in 2014. And that is what makes a recent comment by someone very close to the former Governor so interesting.
?If you?d have asked me when he was governor, I?d have said no way because he doesn?t like DC, but I can tell he?s getting restless again. Let?s just say I?d be more surprised if he doesn?t run than if he does,? the source said with a look of anticipation.
Shortly after that observation, I heard from a high level official with ties to Noem who made his opinion clear.
?He?s gonna run based on everything I?m hearing. He?s a very popular former governor.?
You could see his concern about the prospect of an impending primary between Rounds and Noem. That is a main point of discussion among most GOP activists in the state. Both candidates could create a high intensity level among strong supporters leading into the general election.
The rumors encourage the assumption that his strongest supporters sure don?t want us to rule anything out, and my feeling is that the political career of Mike Rounds has not yet concluded.
To be continued?