Hey – Caught wind of a rumor that I was able to follow up on this morning. And you get to be among the first to know.
I made a call today and found out that Tony Post, Executive Director of the South Dakota GOP is moving on to greener pastures. I spoke with him today, and found out that later this month, he’ll transition out of his current position and assume the position of Government Relations Director of the South Dakota Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
It was a little confusing, coming off of a year that no one expected – a repeat of the prior election’s devastating losses by Democrats to the GOP. The big question – Why would he decide to jump now? And I got filled in on something personal about Tony that I never knew.
Not only has he battled Democrats, but in his so-far short life, he’s battled tumors. Tony Post is a cancer survivor. And when the rare opportunity came up to lead government relations for the South Dakota Chapter of the American Cancer Society, he knew that it was an opportunity to take up another cause he cares about, and one that’s pretty close to home.
State GOP Chairman Craig Lawrence, who will be personally managing the office in the absence of a director, was very complimentary, and thankful for his service.
Lawrence notes that the GOP will be mounting a full scale recruitment effort with the Governor, Senator Thune, and Congresswoman Noem, etc., to identify and hire a new Director to lead the GOP into next election, with the expectation the new director will be in place before December.
As a Republican, I’m sad to see someone who did such a good job for the GOP move on to greener pastures. As a person who lost their mom to cancer, and had a sister who, like Tony, fought it in childhood, I’m appreciative of having someone committed to the cause willing to take up the banner of helping to find a cure.
Tony, thank you for your service to the SDGOP, and best of luck to you in your new endeavors.