I learn from one of my Representatives, Dan Kaiser, that the Brown County Republicans are hosting a closed forum* for him and his two fellow GOP primary candidates for House, Drew Dennert and Todd Kolden, next week Tuesday, May 3. The forum starts at 7 p.m. in the community room in the Public Safety Building at 114 2nd Ave. SE. Kaiser says he’ll be there at 6 p.m…. which won’t be too tough, since Officer Kaiser works in the Public Safety Building.
Maybe school board member Kolden is waiting for a forum in the district administration building for a complementary home-court advantage. In a post on his campaign Facebook page, Kolden says he will not be attending Tuesday’s forum. That sounds like a bad move: unless Kolden has an extremely pressing engagement, he should hit that forum and make sure conservative wonder twins Kaiser and chosen coat-tailer Dennert don’t get a stage all to themselves, especially not in front of an audience sure to be packed with the GOP party faithful
(not to mention my blog camera!).*
Kolden does say in his Facebook comments that he has attended four GOP events in the past month and has not seen Kaiser there. Still, I’d recommend pressing that advantage and making Tuesday’s forum GOP event #5.
To his credit, Kolden is working hard online to invite conversation with voters:
Kolden might also want to clear his calendar for Tuesday’s event so he can look Kaiser in the eye and say what he’s saying online—that Kaiser has achieved nothing in his four years in Pierre and that his position as a police officer is actually a problem:
I’d like to hear that conversation live on Tuesday evening.* So, I think, would a lot of District 3 primary voters.
*Update 11:36 CDT: Make that “closed Republican forum.” Brown County Republican Party chair Char Cornelius has informed me that Tuesday’s forum is intended for Republican voters only. She thanks me for my interest but asks that I not attend as press.