Reading through the Argus article today, I found myself interested in the National Committeeman and Committeewoman races at the convention.
Republican Party delegates today re-elected incumbent national committeeman Dana Randall, rejecting a challenge from tea party activist Allen Unruh.
In this race, I do not understand the “Tea Party” vs. “Establishment” argument. How different are Unruh and Randall on the issues? Four years ago Randall defeated longtime incumbent Ron Schmidt (of Rapid City) as the insurgent grassroots candidate. He won on the strength of diverse relationships and a wave of a younger generation taking over the party apparatus. I don’t know if Randall calls himself a Tea Partier, but the guy is a rock solid conservative.
I just heard this enticing bit of info as well. Tea Party superstar himself, Stace Nelson, voted for Randall.
I’m told what helped Randall win in the end was his strong support across the entire state. Randall also essentially split Minnehaha County. In order for Unruh to present a strong challenge to Randall, he needed to win Minnehaha big, and he didn’t.
I wasn’t even aware there was a race until late last week. Clearly Sandye Kading’s hard work and willingness to travel the state guaranteed her win. Politics is about relationships, and Kading evidently has built them. I’m told her opponent Paula Van Sharrel struggled to find supporters to nominate her outside of her own county. But it does speak well of her that she received the entire block of her county’s votes.
The outcome clearly indicates that hard work and planning pays off. She sounds as if she will be a strong voice for South Dakota and judging by what close friends who know her say, she will be a great committeewoman.