Outgoing Senator Billie Sutton (D-21/Burke) attended Governor Dennis Daugaard’s final budget address in Pierre yesterday. With the woman to whom he lost the gubernatorial election looking down on him from the House gallery (a geometry Bob Mercer emphasized in his report), Senator Sutton combined a capitulatory compliment for the passing leader with a subtle slight at the incoming Noem/McCaulley regime:
From Sutton, who pushed early childhood education and needs-based scholarships in his campaign for governor, Daugaard received praise.
“I just overall think Daugaard has done a good job,” Sutton said. “It will look drastically different here in a few months, I’m sure” [Bob Mercer, “Lawmakers React to Daugaard’s Final Budget Address,” KELO-TV, 2018.12.05].
For the slower kids in the Noem cabinet, I’ll rephrase that: Sutton just said you’ll be doing something “drastically different” from the “good job” Daugaard has done.