“In my 30 years of political activity I’ve never done anything this important before,” he said.
But wait, that job as an upper-level campaign official for Barack Obama in 2008 was kind of important, wasn’t it?
“I love the president and I think he’s phenomenal,” Hildebrand says. “But in those candidate campaigns you end up putting your faith in the candidate to do it. In this instance, I’m doing it” [Kevin Woster, “The Odd Couple and the Payday Loan Industry,” KELOLand.com, 2015.07.12].
Hildebrand’s partner in this initiative, Pastor Steve Hickey, says the rate-cap ballot measure already has the support of the conservative and Jesus-y South Dakota Family Policy Council and Family Heritage Alliance. Hildebrand thinks the Catholic and Lutheran churches need to get in gear and join the fight against payday lending more openly (hey! the ELCA is working on that!). But they are sufficiently confident about getting enough signatures and votes to succeed in kicking payday lenders out of the state that Hildebrand is already talking about fighting another business that exploits poverty and desperation:
“Video lottery,” he says. “That’s going to be a big part of my future, trying to get this state to get rid of video lottery.”
His buddy the pastor might just help out on that one, too [Woster, 2015.07.12].
Might? Oh, I think Pastor Hickey would be right on board with banning video lottery. But one thing at a time, fellas!