In the Dogged Lack of Self-Awareness Department, Pat Powers expresses concern about a Secretary of State who might be engaging in concerted partisan activity while managing our elections:
One major difference is that while others have started or are starting to assemble campaign teams, it puts the Secretary of State in a position of potentially having to do so and raise money for it as we move through the next several months of the 2016 election cycle, and officially kick off the race for Governor in 2018 [Pat Powers, 2018 Watch: Does Krebs have her eye on higher office? Sioux Falls Rotarians think so after that last meeting,” Dakota War College, 2016.06.28].
Ha ha ha, ho ho ho—remind us, please, why Pat Powers left the Secretary of State’s office in 2012 and never complained about his old boss’s partisan activities while phoning in his SOS duties?
Powers says this in response to a recent Sioux Falls Rotary meeting in which Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said many things that some observers read as smoke signals of her desire to run for Governor. This blog endorses the hypothesis that Shantel Krebs wants to run for Governor in 2018. She proved in 2013 that she was willing to take on incompetent do-nothings in her own party, and she’s recognizes that the best person to beat a mere do-nothing Snow Queen is a do-something Miss South Dakota.
Besides, Krebs likely wants to jump to higher office so she doesn’t have face the juggernaut of the Heidelberger for Secretary of State campaign.
Bonus Election Shamanry: Throw Secretary Krebs into a four-way 2018 GOP primary, and she eats Mickelson’s Sioux Falls lunch and Noem’s faux-cowgirl lunch while demolishing Jackley on charisma. Krebs 44%, Mickelson 21%, Jackley 19%, and Noem 16%.