Paul Valandra - Stan is this Democrat's type of man
In today's letter to the editor in the Rapid City Journal, Democratic State Representative Paul Valandra endorses Stan Adelstein for Senate:
Worthy opponentNow that we know who the Democrats are supporting in the Republican Primary, maybe we ought to carefully consider who might not be entirely truthful as they try to remove the liberal label from Senator Adelstein.
After 16 years as a Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, I usually like it when Republicans fight among themselves. But lies are lies on either side of the aisle.
It is ironic that Sen. Stan Adelstein is being mischaracterized by his opponent in the Republican Senate primary as a "liberal." The (unsolicited) truth is that he has opposed most of the liberal initiatives introduced by me and my Democratic colleagues in the South Dakota Legislature over the years.
But he has been a worthy and honorable opponent and a man I have come to deeply respect for the way in which he tirelessly represents his constituents. Sen. Adelstein works hard and tirelessly for his constituents. Will anyone argue with that? He follows up on constituent issues, every single time.
He has more energy and patience now than when he began public office, not to mention knowledge. Stan is in touch and has grown into a super public servant.
Although we have disagreed on many issues, he has been a staunch ally in advocating for better education and increased jobs on the reservation. As civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army he brought JROTC and increased graduation rates.
State Rep. PAUL VALANDRA