Enough toe-dipping—Rep. Paula Hawks (D-9/Hartford) officially, truly, for reals, wants to be your next Congresswoman. Here’s the press release, straight from her official, true, for reals campaign:
Sioux Falls, SD (August 3, 2015)- Fifth generation South Dakotan and current South Dakota State Legislator from District 9, Paula Hawks today announces her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for the 2016 general election.
Today, in an email to supporters across South Dakota, the Hawks for U.S. House campaign released a video announcing Paula Hawks as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I’m running for United States House of Representatives because I believe South Dakota needs a Representative who will work hard to represent the interests of everyday citizens. I believe South Dakotans deserve someone who listens and works hard for them each and every day in Washington.” Hawks continued to say, “If I’m elected to the United States House of Representatives, I will stand with our family farmers and ranchers. I will stand with South Dakota’s women and support equal pay for equal work, something our current Representative opposes. I will stand with our seniors and fight for lower drug prices instead of lining the pockets of pharmaceutical companies. I will stand up for our young people who are pursuing a higher education, to ensure that their degree gives them a career not decades of student loan debt. I will stand up against Wall Street to make sure your hard earned dollars are not swept away by the high risk practices that crippled our economy.”
Paula looks forward to meeting and talking about the issues important to South Dakota in the weeks and months ahead. This week Paula will be visiting the Sioux Empire Fair serving at Agriculture Appreciation Day, Huron, and Aberdeen.
Hey hey! If she’s at the Sioux Empire Fair, she can check in on the fake petitioners, then go talk to the real petitioners at Booth 22 to talk about how their campaign to truly and for reals cap payday lender interest rates at 36% could synergize with her campaign for Congress.
Here’s the announcement video:
Hawks sounds ready to challenge Noem on policy and image. Hawks says her dad on her farm taught her to fix things that are broken. Hawks speaks to the groups she feels Noem has failed to represent—farmers, women, seniors, young people trying to get an education without being swamped by student loan debt. And while she never speaks Noem’s name, she signals that she’s ready to give South Dakotans a representative who listens to them and works hard… which of course means that Hawks is ready to make the case that our current Congresswoman does not listen or work hard.
Now, if Hawks wants people to listen to that message, let’s have a minor musical critique: the background music in this video sounds more like Erik Satie or a lullaby than campaign launch. Call it style, but I need a little more thunder in my campaign openings:
Democrats won’t win back Congress playing lullabies. Less Satie, more AC/DC—bring the thunder, Paula! South Dakota needs it!