In 2009, Senator John Thune would give us three to seven days heads-up on his town halls. As recently as last April, Thune’s staff could at least give us Aberdonians three days’ notice that he was coming to town to chat with the public.
Alas, either the fear of acknowledging failure or the general disarray of the White House must be contagious. Yesterday, Senator Thune held three public meetings in northwestern South Dakota. Yet the Rapid City Journal gave at best four hours notice of the event in Buffalo, six of the event in Bison, and seven of the event in Lemmon.
What the heck, John? Are you worried North Korea is going to target your coffee klatsch with an ICBM?
Well, at least Senator Thune let the locals know he was coming.
Who knows where Rep. Kristi Noem will be today? She rode motorbike in Hot Springs Sunday, visited Watertown Monday and Madison Tuesday. She tweeted a 24-hour notice of staff visiting Leola and Ipswich yesterday, but that’s the best we get.
In brighter transparency, Senator M. Michael Rounds is hosting a public meeting in Deadwood next week Thursday, August 17, 3:30 p.m. MDT, at Springhill Suites, 260 Lower Main St.