Sioux Falls Drinking Liberally (which proudly sponsors this blog) offers some news on the status of the long-awaited new executive director for the South Dakota Democratic Party:
And speaking of needing a lot of help, the South Dakota Democratic Party held an E-Board and State Central Committee meeting in Antelope (South Dakota) last week. It was announced that the new, still secret-secret Executive Director will start in the first part of August. The group was informed she (it is a woman it was also revealed) will speak at a Sioux Falls organization August 7th [Sheldon Osborn, “Harry Vardon. The SD Democratic Party. Tonight. Drinking Liberally,” Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls blog, 2015.07.24].
The SDDP has been operating without a full-time exec since the end of 2014, when former exec Zach Crago stepped down. Even without an exec, the State Dems managed to provide invaluable support to two referendum petition drives. Imagine what they can do at full strength.
Alas, the SDDP will need to do some more hiring. Drinking Liberally also gets word that Paula Hawks is serious enough about her campaign to unseat Kristi Noem that she’s hiring campaign staff, and her first big catch is the SDDP’s current interim exec:
In addition, the current State Chair, Ann Tornberg, announced that the current interim Executive Director, Zack Nistler, has resigned and will begin working for Paula Hawks’s yet to be announced campaign for the US House seat currently held by Kristi Noem. The fact Paula will employ the Democratic State Party’s former Interim Executive Director, increases the odds she will run, initially, as a Democrat [Osborn, 2015.07.24].
A guy doesn’t leave a good job for a campaign that’s not happening. Looks like Hawks v. Noem is on!