Is Knudson the Kranz choice for Governor?
Over at the Argus Leader this Monday Morning, Dave Kranz spends some time gushing over Senate Majority Leader Dave Knudson, announcing that the 2007 Legislative Session was the "Knudson Session," and notes how Knudson's name is in the hunt for Governor:
When the 2007 South Dakota Legislature is gaveled to an end, it will seem clear that this was Sen. Dave Knudson's session.Read it all here.
Powered by his new role as Senate majority leader, Knudson guided the Republican agenda, offered the script for many of the major measures offered this year and, in the process, gave his party a new image.
One would think this Democrat-turned-Republican was in the middle of everything this session, while at the same time acting with a rational voice and low-key style.
It's no secret that he wants to be governor, competing in what is expected to be a herd of Republicans who want the nomination for that second floor office.
One of the spectators of the political process is Joel Rosenthal of Sioux Falls, former chairman of the state Republican Party.
"It is very clear in the 2007 Legislature on the issues of increased state aid to education, technical school governance, and property tax valuation reform that the Knudson Plan became the Republican Plan," Rosenthal said.
Being in the Legislature comes with rewards and also has risks of failures. In Knudson's case, he illustrated the importance of being in office – building a resume for the day he makes a decision about a bid to move up the ladder.