More on Volesky bowing out of the race

The Aberdeen American News has the more extensive story on their website from the Associated Press, where Dirk Lammers had the big scoop from Ron himself:
The lawyer and former state lawmaker said Wednesday that it's all about money, and it doesn't look like he'll be able to raise enough of it to make a fair fight.

A campaign finance report released earlier this month showed Gov. Mike Rounds had $1.4 million at the end of last year. Volesky, the only announced Democratic challenger so far, said he's raised about $3,000 in total contributions.

"I'm all for a fight, but I want it to be fair," Volesky said. "And it doesn't look like it's going to be a fair fight at this point in time."

Rounds is expected to run for re-election this year but has not yet made a formal announcement.

Volesky announced his candidacy in November, taking on the issues of education, minimum wage and tax reform during a fiery campaign speech in Sioux Falls.

He said at the time that he hoped to raise $500,000 for his campaign in 90 days.

"It's unfortunate," he said. "Today, the system has sold out to money - who's got the most money. And the one who's got the most money gets the more money."

Volesky said he has no idea who might run for the Democratic nomination.

Donald Carr, spokesman for the South Dakota Democratic Party, said the party is talking to "a couple of credible candidates" but would not give names.

Read all of this excellent article here.

Comments

notla said…
Just a quick comment on Mr Volesky's withdrawal message. The system did not "sell out to money". Mr V. quit the race. In the 'system', money goes to those candidates whom the donors think can do, or are doing, a good job. Money does not go to those whom the donors have no confidence in.

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