For the second election in a row, the Aberdeen American News picks Johnson over Hundstad
Brian Johnson has to love it. Jim Hundstad has to hate it. For the second election in a row, the Aberdeen American News has endorsed Republican newcomer Brian Johnson over segway saddling Jim Hundstad. Here's a clip from this year's endorsement:
Read it all here. Last election's endorsement? I don't have the whole thing, but I do have a snippet:
Senate candidates are veteran Democrat Jim Hundstad and challenger Republican Brian Johnson. Johnson and Hundstad faced one other in the last election and the margins were close.
Hundstad has served the people of District 2 for one term in the Senate and two terms in the House of Representatives.
However, we choose to support Johnson in this election because we would like to see some new blood in the Senate. We feel Johnson's energy and initiative will help him hit the ground running when he arrives in Pierre. Johnson definitely has some work ahead of him, but appears ready for the task. He has a solid - and long - family history in this state. All this leads us to believe he will be a breath of fresh air in Pierre and one who will work tirelessly for long-term solutions to state challenges, ranging from economic growth to youth outmigration.
Johnson's enthusiasm and eagerness to get to work as well as his solid - and long - family history in this state lead us to believe he will be a breath of fresh air in Pierre and one who will work tirelessly for long-term solutions. He's going to be around for a long while, after all.While it didn't work out after last election, the Aberdeen American News knows one thing - with four years in the house, and two years' experience as a Senator under Hundstad's belt, Brian is still a much better choice than the man currently there.
-Endorsement, Aberdeen American News, 10/26/04
And for Hundstad, that has to be stinging criticism indeed.
**Update: I think I mentioned that Hundstad probably made a mistake running that ad with Governor Rounds.