Did it really take Dan Lederman seven sessions to realize he was failing at balancing family life and political life? Or did he just need to mouth a graceful exit from South Dakota political interloping so he can concentrate on the real fun in Iowa, where he lives his business life?
After the Legislature gaveled out today, Senator Dan Lederman (R-16/Dakota Dunes) announced he’s quitting the charge to serve that his constituents handed him just four months ago.
Every once in a while, there comes a point in every man’s life when he sits and takes stock; he looks at what he has, and what he owes, and makes a determination how he will further proceed. I found myself mentally doing that in recent months, with it becoming all too real with the passing of a loved one very recently.
I found myself looking at my own personal ledger. And what I found, was that I owe a debt for many things. I am so far in the red, I need to start paying that tremendous debt back. Because these are debts I owe to my family for their love and support over the years.
And it’s my intention of paying it back in full, with interest.
With that being said, I’m announcing my retirement from the South Dakota State Senate, effective immediately [Dan Lederman, press release, 2015.03.30].
Lederman took office at the beginning of the 2009 Session in the House. Voters permitted him their Senate Seat starting in 2011. He served three full terms and this fraction of his fourth.
O.K., fine, bye Dan, you’re done…
…but no. Mr. Lederman presumes to tell us who should succeed him:
Governor Daugaard will be tasked with naming a replacement as a result of my resignation. I would encourage him to appoint, and heartily endorse, State Representative Jim Bolin in my place. Jim has been a good and experienced leader for our District. Jim’s heart, mind and his priorities are in the right place, and we would be well served [Lederman, 2015.03.30].
Sure, Dan, we’ll take that under advisement.
How about we keep it simple? How about we not play musical chairs with House members? How about we leave the composition of the Legislature as much in the form the voters asked for as possible (ah, do you see a Republican theme of disregard for the electorate here?) and finally give the job in the highest-turnover district in the state to the woman who has sought the job and won solid votes two elections in a row, Ann Tornberg?