Sometimes I?m confused. Today, I’m really confused.
Over the past days, weeks and even months, there are a number of people, bloggers, and groups who have questioned people?s fidelity to the Republican Party, even to the point of urging them to re-register and using misleading mailers to impugn people like Gene Abdullah.
But nary a word (that I?ve seen) with regard to the Republican primary in Sioux Falls District 10.
One hand you have successful and noted incumbent Jenna Haggar and her father Don Haggar. And, on the other hand, you have former Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson.
I?m not going to spend any time extolling the record of Jenna Haggar except to say for a young new Representative, she shined bright in her first two years. I?d rather highlight ?newcomer? Don Haggar.
My first memory of Don is going to his house as a very young Teen-Age Republican prior to going door-to-door or putting up yard signs. Don, as the local TAR chairman, was probably a high school Jr. or Sr. (I was in Jr. High then). As this was post-Watergate, being a TAR wasn?t cool but Don made it cool. From his leadership, he inspired Barry Johnson (Dusty?s uncle) to become state TAR Chairman and ultimately College Republican Vice Chairman as well as many other young activists who continue to be active today.
Don then went to college and laid a foundation as state College Republican chairman Lee Schoenbeck built upon that helped Jim Abdnor get elected to the US Senate.
Since then, he has been a loyal, behind the scenes Republican doing his part with his time and money as he raised his family. Don is a solid conservative and as a legislator will go to Pierre and do the hard work in committee making bills better, voting against bad bills and helping to move forward good bills. Will he be flashy or controversial? No. Don will just buckle down doing the people?s business in a sound and prudent manner.
With regard to his opponent, Dave Munson, during a time when the GOP is solidly opposed to Obamacare, I leave you with this campaign commercial Mayor Munson cut for the 60th and critical US Senate vote that passed Obamacare.
Sidenote: The Mayor of Sioux Falls is a non-partisan position. Why in the world did he even get involved in a partisan election?