Interesting story up in Aberdeen this AM, where the Ultra-liberal State Senate Candidate Cory Heidelberger decided to verbally spar with a speaker at an event where he was an uninvited member of the audience:
Things got heated at a lecture by Ron Branstner at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Aberdeen on Thursday when Corey Heidelberger defended a piece from his blog, Dakota Free Press, that Branstner critiqued in front of the group of about 200 assembled.
Heidelberger and Branstner began talking over each other, and members from the audience began shouting “get out” to Heidelberger, who is running for state Senate.
This happened during the question-and-answer portion at the end of Branstner’s lecture.
Branstner asked that things not get violent and the crowd quieted down.
Read it here.
Libertarian Ken Santema of the website SDliberty.com was in attendance, and has pictures, and promises upcoming video of the confrontations that the Democrat Senate Candidate had with the speaker and members of the crowd, who called for him to “Get out!”
Is it just me, or does inciting a near riot not seem like very candidate-like behavior? At the least, it comes off as very poor judgement. People are allowed to have opinions, especially at events that they are hosting and paying for. And they might be contrary to the opinions held by politicians.
They’re actually allowed to say that they don’t think much of what he has to say. He certainly has the right to disagree, but what did it earn him by picking a fight over not liking what people think about what he writes? What did it do other than massage Cory’s ego, and nearly get him assaulted?
If his intent is to defend what he writes to a mass audience and pick a fight, I suppose he can do that. But, I was under the impression he is running for office.
What Heidelberger did was confrontation for the sake of confrontation. It didn’t help his candidacy, and if anything, reinforced some of the negative perceptions voters already have about him. It actually moved the ball backwards, and courtesy of the Aberdeen American News, it defined him as a bit thin skinned for people who knew nothing about him until now.
Some of the best advice you can give to a candidate is “Don’t do stupid things.” Going to the lair of someone who might be your enemy and picking a fight that makes the newspaper… I’d offer the opinion that it might just qualify as stupid.
UPDATE: Check out the Video from SoDakLiberty, where I’m starting it about 1 Hour, 55 minutes in…
Exactly as I’d mentioned, Cory wades into it, and picks a fight. And later, he comes back and starts shouting over the presenter. Not very Senatorial at all.
Does this mean that if elected, he’s going to wade into other meetings of people he disagrees with, such as county commissions, or school boards, and attempt to shout over them? It comes off as a lot of the oppression you see in college kids trying to drown out by shouting conservative presenters on college campuses.
Except Cory isn’t a kid. He’s a candidate for office. And it isn’t acceptable for him, either.