Any readers go to the State Conventions this year?
How about the State Democratic Convention? Here’s an advertisement for it on the State Democratic Party’s website:
The only problem is, the Democrat’s Aberdeen convention was fake. 100% not real, not certified. Just an exercise, practice run, convention bunny slope, whatever you’d care to call it.
Why do I know this? Because the notice of convention filed with the state said nothing about June 14th, 15th or 16th, or Aberdeen. It expressly noted that the convention was in July.
(You can click to enlarge.) From paid chairman Ben Nessellhuf: “Our 2012 State Party Convention will be held at the SDDP party office in Sioux Falls on July 10, 2012.” You can read the document here.
Now here’s where it gets a little interesting. On June 6th, the State Democratic party certifies the place (Sioux Falls) and the date (July 10, 2012) of the real 2012 State Democratic Party Convention. Despite spending money on advertising, booking rooms, and all the folderol of conventions in Aberdeen, in this letter Ben clearly notes the convention is in Sioux Falls on July 10.
That doesn’t mean they didn’t hold their fake convention. Certainly they did. But the chairman, and likely the staff responsible for organizing it were fully aware that it wasn’t real. It was just a grand illusion, a convention with training wheels, the “pull-ups” convention before the Democrats were ready to do it for real.
Now, here’s where it gets odd. On June 19th, fully 21 days before the real convention held in Sioux Falls, the party files this document:
Ben writes: “Our delegates to the state convention have nominated the following candidates for constitutional offices……” But how is that possible? According to a letter signed by his own hand, the convention hadn’t happened yet.
Did Ben actually file a document certifying the nomination results of a fake convention?
But, wait – we’re not done yet. Fast forward to July, after the date of the real convention. Because here’s another letter, this time for the real convention:
This letter was signed by the actual convention officers, chairman Ben Nesselhuf, co-chair Chris Studer who is a candidate for the senate, and Jennifer Slate-Hansen, who I haven’t heard of but is allegedly a member of the Aberdeen city council. (If that’s the real Aberdeen city council. It could be a fake council, and the real one is in Sioux Falls.).
At the end of the day, I’m not sure what to think about this.
Two things trouble me – The most troubling was Ben Nesselhuff’s letter for the fake convention. Otherwise, I feel bad for the people who thought they were participating in a biennial political process where they hear speeches, and the adrenaline is rushing as people compete against each other, and you have the elation of winning. Because it was really BS.
At the end of the day, it was really just done in a back room in Sioux Falls, and all of that other stuff was just for nothing.