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Tsitrian Finds Bjorkman More Substantive than GOP Challengers

Rapid City blogger John Tsitrian appears to be leaning toward Tim Bjorkman in his early read of the Congressional race. Tsitrian, a former Republican now registered independent, has characterized Republican Dusty Johnson as mostly “telegenic” but “way short” on substance and has supported that assessment in response to a swift public rebuttal from Johnson himself. Tsitrian has joined me in criticizing Republican Shantel Krebs for kissing up to Trump by inviting the endorsement of now-decommissioned voter-fraud fantasist Kris Kobach.

Yet of Democrat Bjorkman, Tsitrian speaks favorably:

…Bjorkman’s website (refreshingly loaded with positions on specific issues, unlike the me-saturated, policy-devoid versions of his opponents) contains a long, regularly updated list of his takes on the legislative topics of the day, including healthcare, net neutrality, Muslim registry, taxes and DACA [John Tsitrian, “Here Come Da Judge: Democrat Tim Bjorkman’s Quest for South Dakota’s Seat in the House of Representatives,” The Constant Commoner, 2018.01.10].

…but not irrationally exuberantly:

You can go to his website to find a longer list of Bjorkman’s positions, which are clear, unequivocal–and risky as all get out in this red state of ours.  It’ll indeed take a mash-up of Hercules and Don Quixote to accomplish what Bjorkman is trying to do.  So far he seems up to the task.  We’ll see [Tsitrian, 2018.01.10].

Bjorkman plans to campaign in Colome, Dallas, Gregory, and Burke today and Winner on Saturday.


  1. marvin kammerer 2018-01-12 13:13

    tim will focus on issues pertaining to corruption in this state,missing money,& lack of serious sentencing of the likes of people like joop b. also the coverup of 7 killings by our state government & the lack of responsibility of our congressional crowd who have no concern how the money is spent once they hustle it from DC.

  2. Buckobear 2018-01-12 18:25

    Let’s just say that Judge Bjorkman has positions on the issues other than “I’m with Trump.”
    Time to elect someone who’s on our side.

  3. leslie 2018-01-12 22:06

    Electing Tim and Billie Sutton would stop the Republican Koch toxic “experiment” with little states like South Dakota.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-01-13 07:55

    I wouldn’t say “stop”, Leslie. If Billie becomes Governor but we don’t back him up with at least 12 Democrats in the Senate or 24 in the House, the Republican Legislature will still be able to override his vetoes. Tim alone in Washington won’t be able to directly change state politics. The Koch Brothers will keep pouring their money into AFP and Pat Powers. But Governor Sutton and Congressman Bjorkman would make it much easier for us to fight that Koch influence by having major elected Democrats in the news cycle every day, standing for our platform, hiring more Democrats for important positions, building our network and base, and helping raise money for more Dems to run in 2020.

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