In the “No Need to Burn Either Bridge Yet” Department, GOP House candidate Dusty Johnson tweets from the Hughes County Republican dinner with non-committal equanimity:
Dusty’s nice-guy tweet came hours after Congresswoman Kristi Noem fired a law-and-order broadside at her gubernatorial opponent, Attorney General Marty Jackley. Over a year from the primary, there’s no need for Dusty to choose sides yet. But given that he and Noem are both subsidizing the GOP spin blog and Jackley isn’t, and given that the GOP spin blog may harbor some animus towards Dusty’s likely opponent, Shantel Krebs, the woman who unseated the GOP spin blog’s great bumbling patron Jason Gant, I speculate there is a 75% chance that Dusty and Kristi will seek some synergy pre-primary.
But what about us non-Republicans? If the election were held today, with no Democrats announced and Mike Huether equivocating and yucky, should we pick a favorite between the two Republicans?
For the moment, I’d pick Jackley over Noem. Jackley has allowed corruption to run rampant in state government (he was there when the state was dealing with its first EB-5 lawsuit, before Benda and Bollen inked the crazy privatization deal), but he also has executive experience in the Capitol. Kristi Noem looks nice, but she doesn’t have to run anything as one meager voice among 435 in the U.S. House. I won’t like Jackley’s leadership, but at least he’d provide leadership.
But Dems, don’t stick me with that choice! Get Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, get Joe Lowe, get me a Democrat who can ride the anti-Trump wave and take the Second Floor in 2018!