TC at AC previously posted about Bob Gray not running again for SDGOP Chairman. So of course the logical question becomes who will fill that roll. That question will be answered on January 22nd — I’ve heard from a couple of sources that newly elected Senator Tim Rave of Baltic has an endorsement letter circulating with the state’s 3 highest elected officials having signed on (and since I’m talking GOP, none are from the PUC).
Rave is fresh from having defeated Dem Sen Dan Ahlers and has been elected Majority Whip as a freshman in the Senate Chamber. Rave also served as Speaker of the House for the last two of his eight years in the House. Good leadership credentials and having won a tough election against a relatively “safe” Dem seat isn’t too shabby either. He was also one of the primary sponsors of the expanded smoking ban (this doesn’t endear him to me — but judging from the election results I’m in the minority). So will this just be an anointing or will Tim Rave face any competition for the position of GOP chair?