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:
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!