In a hurry this AM, but more on Whalen for Congress
I'll leave out the editorializing this morning, as I'm in a hurry, but here's more on Bruce Whalen from Carson Walker with the associated press writing in today's Rapid City Journal:
Whalen, 43, grew up in Pine Ridge, moved to Utah as a teen and returned to South Dakota in 1999 to raise his family. He works for the Oglala Sioux Tribe as coordinator of its judiciary committee.Read it all here.
Whalen said that when he lived in Utah, he realized the Republican Party closely mirrored his traditional Lakota values with its emphasis on respect for life, limited government, sovereignty and local control.
"There's a lot more people around here that are seeing that point of view," he said.
Whalen lost a bid in 2002 for tribal council and was unsuccessful in 2004 in his campaign for the state House of Representatives. Whalen rallied Indian support for Republican John Thune in his 2004 victory over former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.
Randy Frederick of Hayti, South Dakota GOP chairman, said Whalen has done more to advance his campaign than any other Republican who has indicated an interest."At this point, I'm not aware of anyone else, although it's still a
wide-open field," he said.