Republican U.S. House candidate was campaigning at the SDSU Beef Bowl yesterday:
Yes, it is nice to see Dusty on campus. However, we in the media (and that would include the SDGOP spin blog) cannot take any pictures or video of Dusty on campus without giving notice to SDSU’s director of marketing and communications, per SDSU’s Policy 6:2 on media access to university property. Given that Dusty’s campaign event was happening at an athletic venue, SDSU’s policy may even require permission from the director of marketing and communication. The Johnson campaign itself had to secure permission from SDSU to plant its sign and hand out goodies to game attendees, since, per Regental Policy 6:13 on facilities use by private parties, since the “Institutional facilities and grounds” that we taxpayers make possible “are not open to the public for assembly, speech, or other activities as are the public streets, sidewalks, parks or seats of government.”
SDSU PR apparently didn’t dispatch UPD to boot the blog photographer from campus for covering the Johnson campaign. I would suggest that SDSU’s stiff restriction on media access to campus should bend when it comes to covering the campaign efforts of a public figure seeking votes from thousands of people in a campus setting.
That said, campaigning at the gate of a big collegiate sports event is a great way to meet a lot of voters at once. KDLT says 15,806 came to watch SDSU beat Drake; envelope math says 90% were Jacks fans, 90% of them were voting age, 80% of them were South Dakotans, and 47% of them were Republicans, so perhaps 4,800 of those fans can help Dusty win his primary against Shantel Krebs less than nine months from now. Billie Sutton, Tim Bjorkman, contact our Regental campuses and find out when they’ll let you set up political shop at the gates!