Remember what I said last month about how Marty Jackley may be able to beat Kristi Noem by saying she’s “gone Washington” and is out of state too much? USD Professor Julia Hellwege sees the same potential:
Hellwege said Noem is well-known in South Dakota, but the fact that she spends much of her time outside of the state could create an opening for Jackley to campaign hard across the state’s counties.
“As a largely rural state, many people here feel a distance both geographically and politically from D.C., and Noem will need to respond to constituents who feel like she has become disconnected from the state and the state’s issues, in favor of dealing with national issues,” Hellwege said [Bret Hayworth, “1 Year Away: South Dakota Governor Race Tilts Republican,” Sioux City Journal, 2017.11.05].
Jackley ally Lee Schoenbeck knocks Noem hard down exactly that track:
Running for South Dakota Governor, but holding a fundraiser in our arch-enemy state, our very antithesis, evil socialist income-taxing Minnesota? And not even in some nice rural place that smells like home, but in the den of debauchery that lures our impressionable young people away to lives of music, diversity, and Al Franken, the heart of downtown Minneapolis?! Kristi, call your opticsian!
But careful, Lee: all the mentions I can find say the big Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner in Sioux Falls is Wednesday, November 8. Kristi could bug out of Congress early (though she bugged out of this entire term when she declared for Governor a week after winning reëlection), fly to Sioux Falls for dinner tomorrow night, and still make her swanky fundraiser in the Twin Cities Thursday evening.
But odds are, Schoenbeck is right: Noem will miss cop chow, while Jackley wisely spends Wednesday evening feting South Dakota police officers and the scheduled star speaker, his counterpart from Florida, Donald Trump’s perfectly ethical friend Pam Bondi.