Republicans are scared of Randy Seiler. In a campaign press release touting Senator Brock Greenfield’s month-old endorsement, nomination-seeker Senator Lance Russell acknowledges “concerns” among Republicans that Democrat Randy Seiler could win the Attorney General election:
Senator Greenfield said “Lance is as formidable on the campaign trail as he is in the courtroom. Lance has a record of defeating Democrats.”
The endorsement comes in light of concerns that have been raised within the Republican party over Democrat challenger U.S. Attorney Randy Sieler who recently announced his bid for the position, and is expected to be the Democrat choice for the position in the general election this fall [Lance Russell for Attorney General, campaign press release, received by Dakota Free Press 2018.06 12].
Russell does not mention Tatewin Means, the other announced contender for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General. Means has picked up an endorsement from the influential Sioux Falls AFL-CIO chapter, but as of May 21, Seiler had outraised her 15 to 1. Seiler has reported another $4,500 in contributions since then; Means has reported no additional campaign income.
The Russell campaign follows up today with an endorsement from Fall River County Commissioner Paul Nabholz, who also plays to Seilerphobia by emphasizing Russell’s ability to beat Democrats:
While explaining Senator Russell’s winning record, Commissioner Nabholz recalled that he first met Russell in 2000 when he encouraged the young Lawrence County Deputy State’s Attorney Lance Russell, only a year out of law school at that time, to run for the Fall River and Shannon State’s Attorney position against the Democrat incumbent Pat Ginsbach. Russell won the general election against the Democrat incumbent State’s Attorney Ginsbach by 72% of the vote, and is undefeated as a Republican candidate to date. Nabholz went on to explain that his winning record extended to the courtroom, noting that during Russell’s time as the Fall River and Shannon State’s Attorney, Russell had a jury trial conviction rate of over 70% [Russell campaign, press release, received by DFP 2018.06.13].
We Democrats haven’t even picked our nominee, and we already have Republicans nervous. 2018 is looking up for us Dems!