In his remarks to the Aberdeen Area Realtors Association yesterday, Senator Al Novstrup showed the foremost role that his tummy plays in his approach to legislating.
Continuing to trumpet himself as a paragon of decency and niceness to everyone, Novstrup said he measures the merits of a legislator by whether a legislator can disagree vigorously with him and then invite him to dinner afterward.
For the record, Novstrup has never invited his Democratic opponent in the District 3 Senate race to dinner.
Calling the realtors his “favorite special-interest group,” Senator Novstrup said he is already looking forward to the annual oyster and chili feed that the realtors host for Legislators during Session in Pierre. Senator Novstrup said Republicans don’t riot about much, but the realtors could provoke a riot a riot by changing their menu from oysters and chili.
This is the same Senator Novstrup who voted to repeal Initiated Measure 22 in part out of his great concern that he would not be able to accept free meals from special-interest lobbying groups. Senator Novstrup also co-sponsored a bill that carefully exempted meals worth up to $75 from a watered-down lobbyist-gift regulation and supported an amendment to increase the value of free food and drink that legislators can receive from lobbyists by an inflationary adjustment each year.
The Aberdeen Area Realtors served beef, potatoes, and many desserts yesterday. Senator Novstrup partook heartily.