Hillary Clinton seeks to catch up with Bernie Sanders in terms of campaign presence in South Dakota and do him one better. Clinton is opening her Sioux Falls campaign office today at noon at the Labor Temple at 101 S. Fairfax. To christen the ship, Clinton is bringing in former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, who famously filibustered egregious abortion restrictions similar to those that have Texas before the Supreme Court right now.
Clinton comes to hard-right-to-life South Dakota and offers a famous pro-choice crusader as her office-opening spokesperson. How’s that for a fearless play to the base? Take that, South Dakota patriarchy! Let’s put those pink sneakers to work mobilizing the Democratic base to return to the polls, elect Democratic legislators, and check South Dakota’s war on women!
Sanders opened his Sioux Falls office last week at 335 N. Main, so his young and enthusiastic volunteers have likely already sealed the Minnehaha vote (hee hee!). But Clinton SD coordinator Adam Weiland notifies the press that Team Clinton will open a downtown Rapid City office Friday morning. No word yet on what illustrious speakers may attend that Pennington County event.
Bonus Curricula Vitae: According to a South Dakota Democratic Party e-mail, the lead contact for Sanders South Dakota is Josh Visnaw, a graduate of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Policy. The lead contact for Clinton SD is Winthrop Roosevelt, who, unless I’m Googling the wrong Winthrop Roosevelt, is the great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt. Winthrop has campaigned to protect G-G-Grandpa Teddy’s national park legacy by advocating for a slowdown (not a shutdown—this is Clintonian pragmatism at work) of Bakken oil development. Visnaw and Roosevelt both finished their undergraduate degrees in 2008, so they both appear to be similarly aged millennials.