It is getting awkward for Herseth Sandlin. First Matt Varilek was drafted to run for congress by Steve Hildebrand (Daschle’s former campaign manager) who threatened to challenge Herseth Sandlin in a 2010 primary, then Varilek’s official congressional primary campaign was endorsed by Senator Johnson and now he’s being endorsed by former Senator Tom Daschle. From the Mitchell Daily Republic:
South Dakota?s prominent Democrats are lining up behind U.S. House candidate Matt Varilek.
Former Sen. Tom Daschle endorsed Varilek, the candidate announced Tuesday. Sen. Tim Johnson announced his support for Varilek late last year.
?Years ago, I thanked Senator Daschle for the opportunity to serve on his staff,? Varilek said in an e-mail to supporters. ?Today, I thank him again ? this time for his advice, encouragement, and his generous $1,000 contribution to my campaign.?
In one of the weakest South Dakota Democratic Parties I’ve seen in my lifetime it is amazing to me how fast the base and establishment has moved on from Herseth Sandlin.
In comparison, Republicans begged John Thune to run again in 2004, but Democrats don’t appear to even want to acknowledge the possibility of Herseth Sandlin’s return.