Sibby on Senate Majority Leader Knudson & the MAINstream anchor.
Read it all here.
Knudson’s agenda was that of the Sioux Falls Country Club Republican agenda, as the true South Dakota Republicans shot down the property tax and the 4.3 % education funding plans. Knudson did successfully get the technical school governance plan through, but fellow Country Club Republican has threatened to veto that.
In conculsion, these Country Club Republicans tried to fool us by saying they are "mainstream". But the 2007 South Dakota session proved that they are for big government so that they can line their big business pockets with taxpayers’ money. They attacked small schools, small Daycares, and small family farms and ranches. These Country Club Republicans can hardly be considered mainstream. It is time for a coalition of the small people to stand up to the interests of these Country Club Republicans as they marry up with the big government Democrats. This needs to be done to save the Republican Party.
It must have been just coincidence that I was talking with another Republican today on the very topic of the Majority Leader. It's getting to be pretty common knowledge (especially after the Kranz Article) that Senator Knudson's name is being floated around for Governor, and that former GOP State Party Chairman Joel Rosenthal appears to be an early supporter.
But what else am I hearing? My sources swear up and down that the word on the street is that "supposedly" the Republican version of Benedict Arnold, Former Senator Stan Adelstein, has committed his full support to Knudson in the race and isn't afraid to talk about it.
This shouldn't come as a surprise if he's truly backing Knudson. Why? Don't forget he was a founding member of the MAINstream coalition. Ed Olson, Stan Adelstein, Royal "Mac" McCracken, J.P. Duniphan, Duane Sutton, Tom Dempster and Dave Knudson were counted as some of the mainstream founders in an article in the Rapid City Journal.
Now, despite Kranz's article regarding Knudson making conservative overtures with his vote on the Sutton affair (which is crap, because it wasn't a conservative/liberal issue, it was a right..wrong issue), the collective beliefs and the votes the mainstreamers partnered on are going to be severely problematic in a Republican primary situation.
Mainstreamers might *and that's might* be able to have general election voters look past shared beliefs on issues such as being vociferously pro-choice, and in favor of allowing gay marriage in the state, but within the conservative enclave of the GOP primary, some of those positions they've taken are campaign killers.
In a Republican primary, there's a reason the most conservative candidates win. Because the most conservative Republicans vote.
I think that Knudson's challenge, if he wishes to run for Governor, will be to try to shed the liberalism of the MAINstream coalition he helped found. And as candidates in the last primary we had discovered, the MAINstream anchor is a heavy anchor around your neck to try to lift off.