RC Weekly News - Adelstein may run as a Democrat
Stan Adelstein may get another shot at Elli Schwiesow.
The Republican state senator was defeated by Schwiesow in the June 6 primary, but he is now considering switching parties and running in the Nov. 7 general election as a Democrat. For that to happen, Tom Katus, the Democratic nominee for state Senate District 32, would have to step aside.
Katus said Monday he would do so if a poll shows Adelstein has a better chance of winning.
“Whoever is the stronger candidate,” Katus said. “I would clearly support whichever of us has the better chance of winning.”
The RMA Research polling firm of Sioux Falls is conducting a poll in District 32 right now to determine which candidate would run stronger, Katus said. An answer should be reached within the next few days.
If it’s Adelstein, the state Democratic Central Committee would have to accept Katus’ resignation as a candidate and ask other candidates to step forward. Adelstein could then have the spot if he so chose. Other candidates could apply.
“I’m willing to gracefully accept him into the party and support him,” Katus said.
He said the deadline to switch candidates is Aug. 5. Adelstein cannot run as an independent; the filing deadline for that was June 6.
Adelstein narrowly lost to Schwiesow in the primary; he had defeated her in a close match in 2004. He was one of several moderate Republicans to go down in defeat in the 2006 primary.
One of them, state Sen. Clarence Kooistra of Garretson, switched his registration to Democrat last week.
Read it all here. This would be marginally interesting, as it would virtually guarantee that if he possibly could make it back in, Stan would actually become more of a political pariah, and even more ineffective than he is now. And as opposed to being a political money candyman marginally in demand, it would ensure his funding would be even more of a poison than it was during this past primary.
And more so than anything, this type of party jumping would once again confirm that it's not about leadership - it's about narcissism.