Sounds like Billie Sutton’s campaign plan consists of trying to hide he’s a Democrat

Bob Mercer’s story on Billie Sutton is up at the Mitchell Republic. And it sounds like a lot of his campaign is going to be based on not talking about his political affiliation:

In the State Fair interview, Sutton didn’t emphasize that he is a Democrat. But as he talked, he made clear his priorities would be different.

and…

Sutton indicated he’d seek more resources for job training, career and technical education, health care and scholarships and offer a balanced budget. But with Republicans unlikely to lose control of the two legislative chambers, he probably would need to see what he could get.

and..

How does he greet people: There was a smattering of people Sunday in the Democratic hall. So he rolled down Midway Avenue and met folks at the Republican’s hall.

Read it here.

So, basically, his strategy is don’t tell anyone he’s a Democrat, and try to look like a Republican.

We’ll see how that goes for him.

8 Replies to “Sounds like Billie Sutton’s campaign plan consists of trying to hide he’s a Democrat”

  1. Emoluments Clause

    McGovern was the first modern South Dakota politician to not mention party affiliation, and also one of the most successful South Dakota Democratic politicians too.

    Look at the ads on this blog site. Does Representative Noem or Senator Thune mention their party affiliation?….. Nope

    And there is a reason why Daschle voted for Reagan’s Kemp-Roth tax plan or why Johnson voted for the Bush tax cuts too. It is the same reason that Noem, Thune, and Rounds always brag about supporting federal farm aid or federal transportation bills, which actually add to the federal deficit. Because politicians often try to be all things to all people. Say what you want to about it, but it is nothing knew. If you are going to indict State Senator Sutton for his political strategy, well, then I would say he learned it from some of the best and their names are George, Tom, Tim, John, Kristi, and Mike…..

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  2. Anonymous

    It worked for Dick Kneip, and he was a good governor in the minds of many Republicans too. Billie’s personal tenacity and his upbeat attitude in the face of disability has carried him a long ways and he has deep friendships on both sides of the aisle. This will sure be interesting to watch.

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  3. Peggy

    Now, wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who served all the people of South Dakota before the party !!!!
    Is that the “best” negative you can think of for Billie Sutton.. He would be a great governor !!!!

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    1. Pat Powers Post author

      The post is about his avoidance of his political affiliation. He has plenty of negatives, but there’s lots of time for that.

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  4. Anonymous

    “So, basically, his strategy is don’t tell anyone he’s a Democrat, and try to look like a Republican.”

    It looks like your strategy si to ignore how he says he would govern and just dismiss him for being a Democrat.

    I’m not sure how your need to generically label moves the discussion forward.

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