The media doesn't get it again....
Read all of that (plus a report of Ron Volesky's application for a judgeship) here.
First, consultants, aides and any behind-the-scenes players generally don't run for anything. Significant in public assessments of possible candidates: their real estate holdings.
Memory is fresh about how former Sen. Tom Daschle was pounded in advertising by John Thune's campaign for his $1.9 million home in Washington. That home was prominent in the message that he was out of touch with South Dakota voters.
His residences in Sioux Falls and elsewhere would make Daschle's home look like a small house in Goodwin. His $3 million house on a Sioux Falls hill for starters would likely be fodder for any Republican primary opponent or a Democrat in a general election.
Why am I saying that they don't get it? Because the issue was not over the value of Daschle's house. It was over his application for a homestead exemption (where you sign a statement noting that DC is your residence) and his televised statement "I am a DC resident."
South Dakotans didn't want to hear that. If there was one factor in his housing, it was that he'd clearly set up a permanent residence there and made no bones about it.