Just when we began to think the fractured Democratic camps were going to unite behind Matt Varilek, he went and said something he really didn’t need to say. Was the former Johnson staffer being dismissive of Herseth-Sandlin and what’s left of her dwindling influence?
“I have no idea what her intentions are,” Varilek said, adding that he is in the race to stay, regardless of what Herseth Sandlin
We’ve speculated that the Herseth Sandlin and Senator Johnson political camps haven’t always been on the best footing. Realizing Johnson is ulikely to run for a 4th term in the senate, it appears that the Johnson camp is moving quickly in an attempt to establish some sort of legacy for the Johnson political family tree. Varilek’s comments also potentially reveal they are in a hurry to fill the void Herseth Sandlin’s defeat left in the party apparatus.
Herseth Sandlin’s political career was cut short, and Senator Johnson’s appears to be nearing an end. It appears that the Johnson camp does not feel Herseth Sandlin is entitled to anything. If she wants to run for office again, it looks like there will be a clear divide in the Democratic party.