Dan Kaiser doesn’t want to stay in Pierre; Steve Barnett doesn’t want to leave!
In other news of Aberdonians getting a really early jump on the 2018 campaign, some of Aberdeen’s richest and Rightest are hosting a fundraiser for local boy Steve Barnett, who wants jump from his term-limited position as state auditor to secretary of state:
The card doesn’t explicitly say where the event is happening; it just says, “Stop Out Before the Abby Awards!” a Chamber of Commerce shindig “designed to salute and enhance the image of the Aberdeen business community.” That omission is either a design error or an assumption that everyone receiving the card is already one of the well-to-do who will be buying an Abby ticket for $40, already knows that the Abby Awards are at the DEC, and is so eager to give Steve money, too, that they’ll walk around the DEC until they find where his party is.
Piggybacking off a big Chamber event may actually be pretty good idea for turnout. Why expect people to make a special trip just to hear a candidate’s pitch? Plus, Barnett is saving everyone some time and gas! Remind me next time I run for office not to host any standalone events; I’ll just rent a room outside other major community events and put out my signs and a collection plate for the passing crowd.
Related: As qualifications protecting the integrity of our elections, Barnett cites a USF master’s in business administration, which he used to administer some business for a year or so, plus pheasant hunting, snow-skiing, and water-skiing.