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Video: Krebs Warms up Brown County GOP Lunch with Exuberant Exaggeration

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs dropped in for the Brown County Republicans Reagan Lunch today. She swiftly weaved through the tables to the front, hearkened to her pole-bending (not pole-dancing, don’t think it!) horsewomanship, and gave an exuberant little two-minute pep talk for the crowd and for her campaign for Congress:

Secretary Krebs loves to talk about the “mess” that her Republican predecessor Jason Gant left her in 2014. Today she cranked up her critique, saying Gant and his cronies ran “the most failing bureaucratic office in state government ever.”

Then candidate Krebs got back to some red meat hors d’oeuvres for her Republican audience. She said that representing South Dakota family values means defending the Second Amendment. Funny—my mom and dad had family values and guns, but I don’t recall the Second Amendment figuring prominently in any lessons about how to raise a family.

Candidate Krebs also demanded that someone—voters? Congress? the UN?—”let our parents raise our children, not the federal government.” Again, funny—I must have missed the letter from Washington or the federal employees knocking on my door and offering to help raise my children. Maybe they thought my family values meant I have a gun and were afraid to knock.

But hey, the primary’s coming, so we can perhaps expect more outlandish statements from candidates fighting for the nomination. Republican neighbors, I’ll compromise with you: I’ll concede that calling Jason Gant the most failing and bureaucratic state officer ever might be an exaggeration if you’ll concede that the Second Amendment isn’t a “family value” and that the feds aren’t coming to steal our children.

Update 17:46 CDT: Maybe Shantel came to town just to make sure Lamar put her billboard in the right spot:

Krebs for Congress billboard, North Main Street, Aberdeen, SD, 2018.05.08.
Krebs for Congress billboard, North Main Street, Aberdeen, SD, 2018.05.08.

Now I can ride home each day from my downtown adventures under Shantel’s watchful gaze, just across the tracks on North Main, in full view of The Flame and the west entrance of the courthouse, where the voters usually go in. Good placement, Secretary Krebs!


  1. Hank 2018-05-09

    and World Peace.

  2. Beth 2018-05-09

    Vague fear and anger inciting statements are all the rage these days. She knows her audience.

  3. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-05-09

    Fear and anger are valid and useful human emotions. I just wish Republicans would talk about things we should really fear and get angry about and real ways to address those things so we don’t have to be fearful and angry all the time.

  4. Porter Lansing 2018-05-09

    Things are bad! We have much to fear. Much to be angry about.
    We’re angry! So, so angry! Grr! Do you feel the anger?
    We’re afraid! So, so afraid! Ahh! Do you feel the fear?
    We look to those who, in our group of angry or fearful people, speak the loudest, complain the most, and use the most vulgar of language we would only dream of.
    What comes next must not be explained from a basis of logic or reasoning.

  5. Porter Lansing 2018-05-09

    and Whirled Peas.

    Did you hear about the guy who got a parrot as a gift? He ate it.
    Parrot should have said something.

  6. mike fom iowa 2018-05-09

    Krebs is wrong on South Dakota family? values. Forcing counties to accept large capacity animal cafos so Mark Mickelson is guaranteed to make money is a codified family value.

    And you don’t even need a gun to force the buildings on ungrateful neighbors.

  7. scott 2018-05-09

    So Trump, Thune, and Rounds are trying to raise our children?

  8. John Kennedy Claussen, Sr. 2018-05-09

    Supposition or conjecture: It’s the basis of the GOPs rhetoric and or political culture.

  9. grudznick 2018-05-09

    Jabba the Gant was a dismal failure, certainly one of the most dismal in my many score of living, and Ms. Krebs may run a tighter ship, but I bet you a fancy spikey-heeled red velvet shoe that she lies more about what she accomplished in her office building than Mr. Gant ever did.

  10. owen reitzel 2018-05-09

    did anybody ask her Cory how she can support the tax cut for the rich, which will increase the debt to over a trillion dollars, and spend the money to build the wall and then worry about the deficit? What programs is she going to cut?

  11. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-05-09

    Owen, if anyone asked Krebs those things, they did so off mic, as she was not the main attraction.

  12. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-05-09

    Scott, I won’t let Donald Trump anywhere near my child. He is making raising children harder by constantly counterprogramming good parents’ and teachers’ efforts to teach kids to be polite, respectful, logical, and moral.

  13. Roger Cornelius 2018-05-09

    Are ‘family values’ really the business of government?
    It has been my experience in my long life that every family has their own values usually based on their cultural, social, and religious surroundings.
    No matter how hard politicians and government try they cannot go into each and every family home in this country and dictate ‘family values’.
    It’s a foolish concept when you think about it.

  14. Porter Lansing 2018-05-10

    WOW! Only in Pine Ridge. You will NOT believe what happened.. I pulled into the gas station earlier to get a drink. When I got out of the car, I noticed these two cops watching a woman who was smoking while pumping gas.. I saw her and thought, “What a dumbass!”
    Anyway, I went in and got my drink. As I was checking out, I heard someone screaming! I looked outside and the woman’s arm was ON FIRE! She was swinging her arm and running around acting crazy! I got outside and the cops had put her on the ground, putting the fire out with their coffee! After, when they got the fire out, they put HANDCUFFS on her and threw her in the police car!!
    Curious, I asked the cops what they were arresting her for… The cop looked me dead in my eyes and said… “WAVING A FIREARM!!”
    Sorry. A joke of a candidate deserves a joke of a response. 😎

  15. mike fom iowa 2018-05-10

    I remember dumbass dubya wanting parents to put food on their children. He wanted OB GYNs to practice their love on women. Much different family values than today.

  16. Ryan 2018-05-10

    mfi – i miss W. for those types of comments. I prefer a silly/dumb president over a hateful/sociopathic president.

    Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, uh, you don’t get fooled again.

  17. Porter Lansing 2018-05-10

    Becoming inured to things that don’t have to be doesn’t, as Shantel Krebs says make you “rugged and independent”. Becoming inured to the Republican Way only makes the common voter a dupe to South Dakota’s potential. The Republican Way makes you like the parrot. Dead and eaten. Do you wonder why there’s no growth in the state, no matter how hard you work? Like the parrot. You should have said something.

  18. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-05-10

    In other words, Porter, being “rugged” doesn’t mean putting up with crap.

  19. jerry 2018-05-10

    A Conservative statement of fact, guess who said this:

    “Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is augmenting the public stock of useful knowledge. Because his is the authentic voice of today’s lickspittle Republican Party, he clarifies this year’s elections: Vote Republican to ratify groveling as governing.”

    When thinking of Krebs, think lickspittle, it so fits her.

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