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SD Right to Life Cites Dakota Free Press as Reliable Source on District 19 GOP Senate Primary

I’m sure at some point between now and the general election, Fred Deutsch, Spencer Cody, and the other fine folks at South Dakota Right to Life will give me both barrels, reload, and fire again to try keeping me from winning the District 3 Senate seat.

So before we start throwing punches, permit to offer South Dakota Right to Life my thanks for citing me as an authority on conservative politicians in their 2016 primary election voter guide, an insert in their Summer 2016 LifeFacts newsletter. Scroll down to page 4 and SDRTL’s assessment of the District 19 GOP Senate primary contenders, former State Representative Stace Nelson and fresh-faced SDSU graduate Caleb Finck:

South Dakota Right to Life, primary voter guide, LifeFacts, Summer 2016 edition, posted 2016.05.04, p. 4.
South Dakota Right to Life, primary voter guide, LifeFacts, Summer 2016 edition, posted 2016.05.04, p. 4.

SDRTL cites Nelson’s legislative record. Then, apparently lacking any authoritative statement from Finck himself, SDRTL relies on Dakota Free Press to provide a reliable assessment of the newcomer to its conservative readership.

Who says I can’t reach across the aisle and win the trust and cooperation of folks who disagree with me? Come on, Fred, Spencer—work with me!

p.s.: SDRTL does cite a certain conservative South Dakota blog that pretends to educate voters, but only to obtain a direct quote from candidate Todd Kolden in the comment section, not to cite any analysis from that other blog itself.


  1. Roger Cornelius 2016-05-20 17:52

    Way cool Cory.

    Good to know they read Dakota Free Press.

  2. Robin Friday 2016-05-20 18:39

    Well, I dunno what to say. Did Mrs. Werthmann approve this?

  3. bearcreekbat 2016-05-20 18:51

    Wow Cory, if you moved to Oklahoma you would have no difficulty getting elected!

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-05-20 19:26

    I would welcome Werthmann, Cody, Deutsch, and others of their flavor to have a conversation about our shared principles and policy goals.

  5. Stace Nelson 2016-05-23 09:04

    The indicators are that Pat Power’s protégé is dodging all of the questionnaires posed by conservative groups.

    I’m not sure what is worse, candidates who lie about where they stand on the issues to get elected or candidates who refuse to tell the public where they actually stand on the issues.

    Not surprising that Powers’ young protégé follows the “Rounds” establishment patented campaign tactic:

  6. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-05-23 20:21

    Wait a minute: I can understand why liberal candidates might not want to make an effort to do conservative propagandists’ work for them. But what Republican in South Dakota chooses not to respond to the conservative groups? Isn’t the GOP the premier conservative group in the state?

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