South Dakota Republicans have received what could be marching orders on the 2018 Congressional race. Governor Dennis Daugaard tells Dusty Johnson’s hometown newspaper that he wants Dusty for House:
“If Dusty Johnson runs, I’ll support him,” Daugaard said. “I think a lot of Dusty, and he’s been a great friend and supporter of mine, and I think he’d be a very good leader in whatever political role he chooses to pursue.”
Daugaard said he had a lot of time to judge Johnson, having spent the majority of his first term as governor with Johnson by his side, and he knew Johnson as early as when the U.S. House hopeful served on former Gov. Mike Rounds’ staff [Evan Hendershot, “Gov. Daugaard Will Endorse Dusty Johnson for U.S. House,” Mitchell Daily Republic, 2017.01.12].
If Dusty runs—come on, Dennis! Dusty’s not playing coy; neither should you.
That should be that, right? A popular sitting governor (who a year ago had $1.32 million left in his campaign account) endorses his (smart, handsome) former chief of staff, and all the donors know to whom they should be writing checks, right?
So should (smart, handsome) Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, who has signaled her interest in succeeding Kristi Noem in Congress, just plan on sticking around another four years to take petitions and run elections? Maybe not. Governor Daugaard’s primary endorsements have been as much lead as gold. And she might recognize the same thing that we observers can all see clearly: A Krebs/Johnson primary would be a whole lot of fun.