Wasn’t there supposed to be a big announcement from Paula Hawks that didn’t happen a few weeks back? Today, State Representative Paula Hawks is admitting to the Associated Press that yes, she’s looking at taking on Congresswoman Kristi Noem:
State Rep. Paula Hawks appears to be the first Democrat publicly weighing a challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, who will be seeking re-election in 2016.
Hawks, a representative from Hartford, said Tuesday she will likely make a decision before July.
Noem had more than $1 million in the bank when she wrapped up the fundraising quarter that ended in March.
The biggest problem Hawks faces in a run against Noem? Before she can think about raising money against Noem’s $1 Million in the bank, she’s got to try to explain away her dismal record on the State income tax (View this video starting about 17-18 minutes in):
Questioner: are you in favor of an income tax? Hawks: “Um, yeah. If done properly… I think an income tax is fairly based.”
Questioner: Do you see a downside to an income tax? Hawks: “It’s extremely unpopular. The unfortunate part of that is it’s unpopular because of a lack of understanding how that would affect people differently than taxes now.”
View and read for yourself here at ArgusLeader.com.
Hmm… Kristi Noem who is on the Ways and Means Committee fighting to reduce taxes? Or Paula Hawks who thinks we need new taxes at the state level and people don’t want new income taxes because they somehow don’t understand they need to pay more to government? Is Hawks running for Congress because she thinks there are more tax-and-spend Democrats in Washington than there are in Pierre?
If Paula Hawks is for a state income tax in South Dakota, what will she do to our taxes at the federal level?
That’s the biggest question that voters should keep in mind.