Breaking News: Shannon County GOP Chair Bruce Whalen to take on Herseth
Carol Pitts, the Republican Party's top recruit to challenge Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D) in South Dakota, announced yesterday that she will not run.
Instead, Bruce Whalen, the Republican chairman of Shannon County, will make a bid to unseat Herseth, said South Dakota Republican Party Executive Director Max Wetz.
Whalen is now considered the front-runner to win the GOP nomination. Thomas Bixler of Yankton is also vying to challenge Herseth.
Read all of this breaking news story here. (Scroll down for South Dakota)
As many Republicans know, Bruce was the South Dakota GOP's man on South Dakota's reservations as the GOP tried during the last election to break a decades old stranglehold that the South Dakota Democrats hold on that voting block. Bruce is enthusiastic, and has a can-do attitude that will serve him well in this uphill race.
I have an e-mail out to him to see if he has a release he's putting out. As you'll notice, I've also added a picture of him to the rolling pictures at the top of the page (next to Stan Cartman).
If Bruce doesn't have a release ready to go, I'll try to get an interview in. So in the meantime, stay tuned to this website for more on the congressional race!