I have to give kudos to the Aberdeen American News, as they at least had a reporter at the convention for a few short hours on Friday. Otherwise you’d be hard pressed to notice in the media that there was a GOP convention in Aberdeen.
Any other political reporters? Meh. Not so much.
The Argus found themselves hard pressed to leave Sioux Falls, and spent time fawning at the Dem convention over the Democrat candidate for president who had his butt kicked by an avowed Socialist, Bernie Sanders. Although, If any of their reporters had bothered to show up to cover a GOP convention, I’m sure the resulting story about Republicans would have been killed quicker than Stu Whitney’s Thune Story was. (That’s a story for another day.)
I remember the conventions where political reporters such as Dave Kranz regularly cruised the hospitality suites. If anyone had bothered, they would have seen 2 hopefuls for Governor in full throated campaign mode, with Gubernatorial hopeful Mark Mickelson hosting a room, and often mentioned AG Marty Jackley’s room handing out shirts without Attorney General emblazoned on them. If there was any doubt as to the race for Governor commencing, it evaporated Friday night.
In convention action, they might have seen yet another Lora Hubbel obamacare attack on the Governor deftly shut down by the Lt. Governor, who took up a competing resolution amendment first, rendering her attack redundant, and then gaveling her down when she tried to inappropriately press the attack during debate to suspend the rules. Out of her depth, she simply gave up.
It was also a convention which was the first big public event ran by a very lean State GOP staff (as in one full time ED, and one part time finance/political officer) closely tied to Governor Daugaard – and they ran a tight ship. Every portion of the convention I saw was well run, and they demonstrated their ability.
Reporters (other than the Aberdeen paper) might have noticed that the GOP and its leaders are getting engaged on Amendment V, the hide-your-party, anti-transparency ballot measure.
And as I’d remarked in an earlier post, except for Hubbel penning a poison resolution against the governor, they would have noticed everyone was cordial, friendly, and got along remarkably well.
But as noted, stories about Republicans working together, demonstrating leadership, and looking towards the future don’t tend to get a lot of column inches.
As opposed to them getting buried by the media.