I’d head rumors of it, but saw my first evidence tonight that District 35 Resident Tina Mulally plans to mount a primary challenge from the right to Terri Haverly of District 35.
What marks it as somewhat unusual is that Haverly isn’t exactly what most might consider liberal. Senator Haverly was noted by the American Conservative Union as receiving their award for Conservative Achievement for voting with the group 80-89% of the time. As the group noted in a January press release which cited Haverly for her work:
ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles. We select bills that focus on former President Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the “three-legged stool”: 1) economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd Amendment, religious freedom, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. The range of issues selected have been specifically designed to convey to voters the most accurate assessment of South Dakota’s elected officials who can be counted on to defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty, and Property.
Legislators who scored above 80% in ACU’s 2015 Ratings of the South Dakota Legislature will receive awards for their hard work toward passage of legislation that reflects conservative principles. As Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and an ally.”
Mulally recently posted the above campaign slogan on her facebook page.
What’s Mulally’s background? And why do I bring up the ACU? Mulally had been part of the wingnut group in Rapid City that in 2014 described it’s intent to push the Republican party further to the right:
To right those perceived wrongs, the vast majority of the group’s candidates are challenging Republican incumbents that the group views as too centrist.
Among a few of those candidates: Julie Frye-Mueller of Rapid City is taking on state Rep. Mike Verchio for District 30; Rip Ryness of Rapid City is challenging state Sen. Jacqueline Sly for District 33; George Ferebee of Hill City is contesting the Ward 1 seat of Pennington County Commissioner Ken Davis.
Mike Mueller and Tina Mulally, both of Rapid City, are running for positions as directors of two West Dakota Water Development Districts – relatively obscure political entities that oversee drainage issues in Pennington County.
And, after primary ballots are counted next month, Napoli is expecting success.
“I think well over the majority are going to win,” he said. “I really do.”
So oddly, Mulally is going to spend the election trying to out-conservative an already conservative candidate, launching herself at the State Senate straight from a 2014 campaign for a water district.
And I’ll just leave it at that.