Rapid City Journal: More on Dems courting Adelstein. (can we start talking about the winner in the race now?)
Last I knew, Republicans were talking about far more than social issues. In fact, the primary election reinforced that. Because the ones focusing on social issues, stating "how extreme the GOP was on social issues" (i.e., founding members of the MainStream Coalition) were removed from office.
Republican state Sen. Stan Adelstein is caught in a crossfire of conflicting opinions about whether he should switch his party affiliation to Democrat and challenge GOP rival Elli Schwiesow in the general election this fall.And the impact of his decision could be felt well beyond his home district in Rapid City.
Some Democrats are trying to sweet talk Adelstein into their party and onto the November ballot in the District 32 Senate race. But others oppose the idea, questioning whether Adelstein would be a phony Democrat simply using the party for a chance to hold on to his Senate seat and pay back Schwiesow.
And faithful party members on both sides debate whether Adelstein's switch - if it comes - would be telling evidence of a backlash against extremist views in the Republican Party or simply one more attempt by the long-outgunned Democrats to gain seats in the GOP-dominated state Legislature.
Adelstein said this week that he would provide his part of the answer within two weeks, when he decides whether to switch registration and accept the Democrats' offer to replace current party candidate Tom Katus on the Democratic ticket for the District 32 Senate seat.
State Democratic Party chairwoman Judy Olson Duhamel said the party was ready to embrace Adelstein, who suffered a bitter loss to Schwiesow after a primary campaign focused in large part on a controversial near-total ban on abortions in South Dakota, HB1215, that Adelstein opposes and Schwiesow supports.
As a Democrat, Adelstein could shake that single-issue focus and the Republican Party's current preoccupation with social issues, occupying himself instead with a broader range of problems facing South Dakotans, Olson Duhamel said.
The Democrats (and Stan) keep trying to paint us with that brush. Most Republicans don't want to talk about social issues. They want to talk about less government, lower taxes, and a good education. And that's what we're going to run on this fall.
Now getting back to the article - it looks like Democrats are not unanimous about wanting him to run in on his white horse and save the day for them:
But other Democrats question Adelstein's motives for switching parties and worry about the effect it would have on the party and Democratic candidates already on the ticket.So, it's not necessarily a given that even Democrats are going to jump on the Stan-wagon.
"The whole thing is just painful," said Jay Davis, an outspoken Rapid City Democrat known for an unyielding defense of what he considers to be core party principles. "We've got one of the best Democratic tickets in Pennington County and across the state that we've had for years, and I don't think a self-proclaimed Goldwater- Reagan Republican and one of (Republican Gov.) Mike Rounds' biggest backers should be on it."
Go read the whole article here.