CQ/NY Times speculate on Johnson race
Read the entire story here. One problem I have with the story is that Dave's view of the Senatorial field and mine differ. I think there are several other credible Republicans who could also give the race a good shot.
Given Johnson’s long recovery and his uncertain political status, Republicans are finding it uncomfortable to fight back. “It’s an awkward thing for the Republicans strategically,” Kranz said.
The top Republican Senate candidate would be Gov. Mike Rounds, who has strong approval ratings. But political observers are unsure Rounds will run: The governor has repeatedly skirted questions about his national political ambitions by saying he loves his current job.
If Johnson declines to seek re-election, Republicans who would consider a Senate race include former Lt. Gov. Steve Kirby, who is personally wealthy and who lost to Rounds in the 2002 primary for governor. Also mentioned are Jarrod Johnson, the state School and Public Lands Commissioner, and Dusty Johnson, the chairman of the state Public Utilities Commission. Neither man is related to Sen. Johnson.
Michael Card, a political scientist at the University of South Dakota, said former state House Speaker Matt Michaels and state Senate Majority Leader Dave Knudson have ample name recognition but neither has publicly expressed interest in running for the Senate.On the Democratic side, Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin would be far and away her party’s strongest candidate if Johnson does not run.
What say you the reader - who are the other big dogs the GOP has hanging around the porch?