KELO-TV finds that three of the four speakers in Kristi Noem’s “Neighbors” attack ad on Billie Sutton were delegates to this year’s South Dakota Republican Convention:
That’s Linda and Ron Paulson of Fairfax. They were also delegates at the 2018 South Dakota GOP convention and had their picture taken with Kristi Noem.
Sarah Svoboda was also a 2018 delegate at the South Dakota Republican Convention [Angela Kennecke, “Fact Check: Attack Ad on Sutton,” KELO-TV, 2018.10.31].
KELO-TV also confirms that Joe Purple is Wade Juracek. Interestingly, Kennecke ignores Juracek’s drug-theft conviction while mentioning his ownership of Big Ass Liquor & Casino in Gregory.
This KELO report dwells on the neighborhood of these Noem supporters to Sutton. Given that I use the word neighbor to refer to anyone in South Dakota, how many miles the Pualson, Svoboda, and Juracek live from the Suttons seems moot. This “fact check” misses the larger point made by my conservative commenter DR that Noem’s ad is pointless, given that every candidate has neighbors who will vote against him or her, as well as my critique that these neighbors failed to say anything unique that would have given this ad real punch and instead only recited Kristi’s partisan tropes.
But then mindless recital of partisan tropes is what we expect of Republican convention delegates.
Of course, the greatest weakness of Kennecke’s “fact-check” is her failure to find out the identity of that big hunk in the hat and plaid shirt sitting next to Sarah on the couch. Find that mystery man!