With its convention coming up this Saturday, the South Dakota Libertarian Party gets a second candidate for governor. Winner rancher Steve Novotny announced his bid for the Libertarian gubernatorial nomination this morning on the LPSD Facebook page:
Novotny, 61, is married to his wife of 42 years, Denise. The couple have two daughters, two sons in law, and four grandchildren. In addition to being a third-generation farmer on a century-old homestead, he also runs an aerial application business, utilizing helicopters in agricultural spraying. Novotny has also been a huge supporter of military veterans, he’s flown in parades and memorials, and has dedicated a lot of his time and energy helping people who have served the country.
Known by the nickname “Air Wolf”, Novotny says he knows the trials and tribulations of hard work and the dedication it takes to make a business succeed. He hopes to take his lifetime of experience to the Governor’s office in 2019.
In a release dated Monday, Novotny said it was time for the people to take back control from corrupt career politicians and make the state more prosperous and people-friendly.
“With years of corruption under the two-party government’s lack of leadership, it’s time to clean up South Dakota’s image,” Novotny said. “The trail of tears and corpses littered across this state must end, and non-politicians must take the controls to navigate South Dakota into the future” [Libertarian Party of South Dakota, Facebook post, 2018.04.09].
Libertarians thus have an alternative to brand-wrecking, conspiracy-theorizing, woman-hating C.J. Abernathey of Pierre. Novotny and Abernathey will have an opportunity to debate face to face at the Libertarian convention in Sioux Falls Saturday (delegates convene at 5 p.m.; gubernatorial debate is scheduled for 7 p.m.).
Novotny popped into my past blogging in 2013, when he criticized a Crow Creek Sioux Tribe boycott of Chamberlain businesses by saying Indians are “cradle to grave” welfare recipients. Novotny said then that he’s not racist; he just thinks that all welfare recipients, as well as children of rich people, are “worthless.” I look forward to Novotny’s affirmation of that opinion on the stump in reference to Donald Trump and his offspring, as well as to his explanation of his own worth, given his receipt of $383K in farm welfare.
In 2009, Novotny criticized a settlement between the Winner School District and the ACLU intended to address racial inequalities as creating “a racially charged system where nobody’s safe.” Novotny nonetheless appreciated the ACLU’s efforts:
Despite his concerns about the agreement, Novotny thanked the ACLU representatives for their attendance at the meeting.
“I think what you guys have done is opened some eyes so people understand what’s going on,” Novotny said as the meeting closed. “Now, our school board needs to speak up” [A. Kaus, “Winner Residents Question ACLU Case vs. School,” Mitchell Daily Republic, 2009.02.04].
Novotny also earned one brief mention in former U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler’s 2015 annual report for the District of South Dakota under “Program Litigation”:
Becky Zirpel vs. Steve Novotny (FSA intervening on behalf of Farm Service Agency)
The USAO assisted with a protection order sought by FSA employee Zirpel against Steve Novotny. It was resolved by a permanent injunction which enjoined and restrained Novotny from coming upon the premises of the FSA property in Winner and Burke, South Dakota [Randolph J. Seiler, U.S. Attorney, District of South Dakota, Annual Report 2015, p. 55].
This winter, Novotny criticized his potential GOP opponent Marty Jackley not only for permitting the “scams” of EB-5, GEAR UP, and Redfield Sunflower plant to take place but, even more importantly in Novotny’s mind, for accepting an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship in 2011. What, pray tell, could make an Aspen Institute fellowship worse than letting Joop Bollen off with no jail time?
The Aspen Institute is an ultra liberal think tank based in Washington, D.C., that promotes radical environmentalism and views America as a nation plagued by deep-seated “structural racism.”
The Aspen Institute is directly funded by none other than George Soros and his Open Society Foundations. Aspen Institute is filled with Soros sympathizers. Ask yourselves, what good can possibly come to South Dakota from a candidate who has anything to do with Soros and his liberal think tanks? Afore written information is easily confirmed by Google and a mouse click. Why risk South Dakota’s future with Jackley embracing Soros liberalism? [Steve Novotny, letter to the editor, Mitchell Daily Republic, 2018.02.10].
Jackley a liberal Soros minion—of course! Why haven’t I seen it already?
Also honored by the Aspen Institute that year was Jackley’s Florida counterpart and boon Trump supporter Pam Bondi. Bondi and Jackley, Soros minions—you betcha.
Novotny has five days to prove to his newly fellow South Dakota Libertarians that he’s less wild and crazy than his opponent for the Libertarian nomination for governor. Believe it or not, even with the above history, Novotny may still win that argument.