Dr. David Newquist has written a vigorous response to the sole attack card that the South Dakota Republican Party deigned to send out on Senator Al Novstrup’s behalf this year to distract the voters of District 3 from Novstrup’s self-interested, anti-child voting record. I thank Dr. Newquist for his kind words.
Dr. Newquist’s post also elicits this following comment from Aberdeen ex-pat Dr. Michelle Kalehzan, who questions Novstrup’s claim that he never insults other people:
I have been wondering when someone would ask Al Novstrup whether he had participated on the Aberdeen American News online discussion in and/or around 2004. I was informed by multiple sources at that time that he was participating using one or more alternate screen names. The postings attributed to these screen names were highly offensive and degrading to various individuals and demographic groups. I still have hard copies of these postings. Given Al Novstrup’s letter to the editor which appears in today’s edition of the Aberdeen American News in which he claims to have never been insulting to others, I felt compelled to ask:
Al Novstrup, Did you participate in the Aberdeen American News online discussion forum in and/or around 2004? Which screen names do you use? Was “Fair” one of them?
This 5th generation South Dakotan from Brown County would like to hear your answer [Dr. Michelle Kalehzan, comment to David Newquist, “Protecting Kids from a Political Party That Runs on Nothing But Malice,” Northern Valley Beacon, 2018.11.02].
I can’t find the 2004 forum posts in question archived online. However, I can find Novstrup’s latest false character attack in Friday’s paper:
Mr. Heidelberger’s style is to denigrate anyone he disagrees with. He calls others corrupt, dishonest, a bigot, lazy or a racist. He also dismisses Christian values as “Christian right” and unworthy of fair consideration. He even calls pro-life policies immoral [Al Novstrup, letter to the editor, Aberdeen American News, 2018.11.02].
It is true that I have called some people corrupt, dishonest, bigoted, lazy, or racist. Dan Guericke was corrupt. Al Novstrup is dishonest. Al and his friends who support the local anti-Muslim rallies are bigoted. John Thune was lazy and incoherent in his refusal to consider the President’s nominee for the Supreme Court in 2016 (and George Will backs me up in that assessment). And in backing racial profiling and saying, “Here’s what a terrorist looks like: they are of mixed racial background,” Al Novstrup demonstrated his own racism. When people do wrong, I have no problem calling them as I see them… a quality Trump lovers like Al usually love.
But Novstrup lies when he says I denigrate anyone I disagree with. I have disagreed with my wife, my best friend, my parents, and numerous friends in the comment section of this blog without denigrating them. Personally denigrating people who decline to accept one’s claims without question is the Novstrups’ style. On the radio last week, every time I tried to make a policy point that he didn’t like, Al responded by mocking me for talking instead of listening. When I disagreed with his son David’s illogical argument that overturning the voters’ will on the minimum wage in 2015 wasn’t really an affront to voters, Al’s son David (a sitting Senator at the time) said he doesn’t care what I think and called me a “liar.”
Novstrup also lies when he says I “dismiss Christian values as ‘Christian right’ and unworthy of fair consideration.” In the same series of blog posts that another conservative cites this week to claim that I can’t represent all South Dakotans, I enumerate several core Christian values that I not only deem worthy of fair consideration but openly profess and follow. I praise Jimmy Carter for his honest application of Christian principles and criticize the current occupant of the White House for failing to live up to his claimed Christian beliefs. I don’t dismiss Christian values; I dismiss politicians’ cynical exploitation and exclusionary misapplication of Christian values.
Having to deal with constant lies and insults instead of honest policy debate is one of the most frustrating parts of running for office against Al Novstrup. Al and I could have had a great series of instructive public forums. He could have joined me at the four monthly forums I hosted at the public library, and we could have had civil debates about education, labor, taxes, and the ballot measures. I certainly tried to lead such conversations, but Al’s persistent response to policy criticism is to cry Cory called me names! while joining his party in throwing his own special brand dishonest insults… a habit Dr. Kalehzan says Novstrup has practiced since his earliest days in politics.
So consider, District 3: isn’t 16 years of dirty Novstrup politics enough? Let’s elect a Senator who will simply work hard and tell the truth.
Related Misleading: Al Novstrup’s moral and political model, Donald Trump, has made 6,420 false or misleading claims since taking office in 2017.