SDGOP office leaves Pierre — with an update

So at first I thought maybe this was another flood story….but no, Chairman Tim Rave is closing the Pierre office and opening one in Sioux Falls, with another in RC.

From a population standpoint…yes it makes sense…however, does this move by Rave and the GOP compound the problem Sioux Falls has with the rest of the state and make it a problems the state GOP?

The timing couldn’t  be worse from a PR standpoint….abandoning the capital city as historic flood waters inundate it won’t win much sympathy or support — and probably leave a bad taste.

But it’s a calculated move that will probably pay off in the long run.  Operating closer to the numbers — both people and money — will probably pay off….and really how much can a bitter taste cost?

**  Even tho the news story doesn’t say this, I’ve received a private email saying that the office in Pierre will remain open….it’s just the headquarters that are moving.

24 Replies to “SDGOP office leaves Pierre — with an update”

  1. caheidelberger

    As you suggest, pragmatism likely outweighs PR here. You can run any office from anywhere in the state, thanks to the Web, but operating out of Sioux Falls gives you an advantage in physically getting to at least 80% of meetings, voters, and media events. And much as it puts a thumb in the eye of West River supporters, how relevant to their daily lives is the location of the state party office?

    Now how about moving the state capitol to Mitchell?

    1. Kristi Golden

      Cory — I can’t believe you didn’t offer Madison as the new capital. Madville will be so disappointed. 🙂

      P.S. Thanks for the great history lesson on the fight for the capital. Now that would have been awesome blogging fodder!

      1. caheidelberger

        Madison? No way: we’ll build a new capital on Lake Herman! Lower sales tax, cheaper building permits for all the bars that will follow the Legislature, and easier blogging for me!

  2. caheidelberger

    Another advantage of moving the GOP office to Sioux Falls: easier for us liberals to picket! We can stroll over to elephant HQ, shout some slogans about liberty, equality, and fraternity, then restore our energy with Queen City Bakery muffins. 🙂

  3. Lee Schoenbeck

    Corey – We have, so far, been unsuccesful in trying to get you to exercise your mind, so if we can provide a little picketing expreience to exercise your body – we’ll have to settle for that 🙂

    1. anon

      Rave needs to have more contact with the SD GOP elected county party officials. Or maybe there isn’t any need for them anymore?

      Let them know his focus and direction of the party. But there isn’t really anything coming from him.

  4. Lori

    This is a bad idea. I feel sorry for the folks in the extreme northwestern part of the state who will now have to travel to SF for the central committee meetings. Maybe they should still have the meetings in Pierre.

    1. Name

      Rave should have had a central committee meeting to discuss this with the people who take the time to be county party officers. Isn’t this the kind of reason we have a central committee?

      Good Tony Post is getting out to meet people. He will have a lot of that to do over the next year or so. I’m sure he will do.

    1. cornerstone

      I’m sure that is why Rave wants the office in SF because it would be harder to convince someone from out of state to move to Pierre. (and Pierre is a great town!)

      I often wonder how people would have voted at the SD GOP meeting in Pierre if Rave had said “when I become Chair I’m going to move the office to SF and hire someone from out of state”. – at least he would have told those who voted for him what he was planning to do.

    1. anonymous

      The only reason there is a part time office in Rapid is to keep westriver from getting upset about the office moving to SF.

      Why couldn’t there have been a meeting on this with the central committee? I don’t think the SD GOP has hardly sent out an email since Rave took over.

  5. CaveMan

    Senator Schoenbeck I look forward to meeting the new Republican President on November 6th, 2012. Plus some new legislators one of whom surely could be you???????

    Meeting Mr. Post also would be swell but like managing a cattle ranch or farm with abundant moisture and high prices; pretty easy to make it work. 🙂

  6. grudznick

    I usually get one of those permits to be able to shoot from the back of my granddaughter’s truck, as I’m not as able as I used to be, but I still love to taste a rooster brought down by my own hands. She usually gets me out a few times each year. I envy you fellows who get to walk the fields.

  7. Voter

    While moving the office to Sioux Falls–with satellite offices in Rapid City and Pierre is the best idea since sliced bread—the lack of communication from the State GOP since Lentch finished in February is very worrisome. Rave’s excuse that he has been busy hiring an ED and getting the office space rented is very lame. Are we a party of the people or of the elite?

    BTW I heard that David Rose joined the country club just as soon as he was elected Minnehaha Co Party Chair–I guess that he thinks that he has arrived — Baahahahaha.

    1. insomniac

      So in 2010 we couldn’t afford to have offices open hardly anywhere in the state like Huron, Aberdeen, Brookings, Yankton etc (thankfully county parties took it upon themselves to open offices) for 3 months but we can suddenly afford to have offices rented without staff in RC, Pierre and SF?

      Someone please explain why the SD GOP with 1 employee needs 3 offices spread out across the state? How is that a good use of money? They are paying $$$ for rent that could be given to a legislative race in 2012.

  8. anon

    So are we paying like $1,000 a month in rent for Rapid and Pierre now combined? If so that is about $18.000 until the end of election cycle. That would make a good donation to some crucial legislative races. (I don’t know what our office space is in Pierre or RC at the moment or what the going rate for rent is but it seems to be a lot of money to just pay for rent) Even if it’s half that it’s still alot.

    Plus we are still paying for an office in SF.

    We’re going to be defending a lot of legilative seats this cycle and every penny should go towards winning elections.


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