Elli versus Katus... Well, Adelstein too as we approach the finish line...
The Rapid City Journal via Kevin Woster is reporting tonight about the circumstances around the whole Schwiesow/Katus/ Sore los... Adelstein situation:
Republican candidate Elli Schwiesow is a self-professed pro-life conservative closely tied to Referred Law 6, which would ban all abortions in the state except when needed to save the pregnant woman’s life. Katus portrays himself as a moderate who opposes the ban and believes it is a clear example of a growing extremism in the Republican Party.I'm not where to stop here, because there's so much of the article that's worthwhile reading. But you need to read it all here.
But it’s not as simple as Schwiesow against Katus. Republican state Sen. Stan Adelstein, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist who was beaten by Schwiesow in an edgy District 32 primary last spring, has thrown his money and public endorsement behind Katus.
And in a less public way, Doug Hamilton another Rapid city millionaire whose history of charitable giving was tarnished this year by a multi-million sexual harassment lawsuit against him and his company n has provided financial backing for Schwiesow.
“Well, I won the primary without those supporters, and that was a Republican primary where a lot of Democrats changed to Republican just to support Adelstein,” she said. “I have the same game plan for the general election that I had for the primary. You just broaden it to include Independents and Democrats.”
Schwiesow’s primary plan centered on identifying the votes she missed in her close loss to Adelstein in the 2004 District 32 Senate primary and assuring they got them to the polls in the 2006 rematch. She’ll uses the same framework to get her GOP voters out in the general election, as well as attracting more than her share of Democrats and independents.
Schwiesow believes she will appeal to anti-abortion voters regardless of party and expects general-election benefits from her “A” rating and endorsement from the National Rifle Association. Both Schwiesow and Katus have a detailed understanding of District 32 -- an undulating political landscape of economic peaks and valleys that stretches from Robbinsdale up through Star Village down through West Boulevard and up again across Skyline Drive before it drops down once more to parts of west Rapid City east of Sheridan Lake Road.
And as a native of Standing Rock Indian Reservation with enduring tribal connections, Katus won’t be upstaged by Schwiesow in working for American Indians living in District 32.
“I don’t have to make a special effort, because that effort has been there for years and years,” he said. “I’m extremely well known in the Indian community.”
Schwiesow acknowledges that edge, but also points to her own outreach on behalf of the Republican Party to Indian country, especially Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. All legislators serving the Rapid City area should be more tuned into to Indian issues, Schwiesow said.