That's one way to win friends and supporters.
In today's Argus Leader, Sioux Falls Mayoral Candidate and former State Legislator Mitch Richter took a couple of roundhouse swings at the mayoral candidate field to try to connect to something:
Richter was blunt in his assessment of other candidates in the race, saying they wouldn't do as good a job managing the city's $265 million budget.Read it all here and stand back. I'm not quite sure how this is going to earn him votes. People vote more for their hopes than their fears. But at the least, watching Mitch trying to bait his fellow candidates is interesting street theater.
"Do you want a former television reporter in charge of the city budget? Do you want the retired Augustana president to be in charge of a budget that size?" he said, referring to candidates Vernon Brown, a former television reporter, and Bruce Halverson, who is retiring as president of Augustana College this summer.
Both Brown and Halverson dismissed Richter.
"It doesn't deserve a response," Halverson said.
Brown said he was too busy campaigning on his platform to worry about other candidates.
"I'm not out here to talk about other candidates," he said. "I'm out here to talk about my vision for Sioux Falls."