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Rounds Uses Star-Powered Rapid City Fundraiser to Tell Borglum She’s Toast

Because he has nothing better to do (like, oh, say, legislating to protect election security and save the planet), U.S. Senator Marion Michael Rounds is focusing on crushing his primary challenger, rookie State Representative Scyller Borglum. The Rounds-sponsored SDGOP spin blog reports that Rounds will appear with his big buddy Senator John Thune at a $1,000-per-couple fundraiser not just right in Borglum’s backyard, Rapid City, but at the very site where Borglum launched her campaign on July 1, the Hotel Alex Johnson.

Emperor Rounds fries primaryist Borglum
Now, young Borglum, you will die.

The fundraiser invite makes a point of listing more than twice as many hosts as the number of people who actually attended Borglum’s July 1 announcement in Rapid City. Along with using Thune to underscore the Establishment’s unity behind the junior Senator, the host list features former Attorney General Marty Jackley and Governor Kristi Noem’s big-money-love Ted Hustead. Joining Jackley to underscore law enforcement support for Rounds is Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom. Also hosting are Borglum’s fellow Rapid City legislators Senator Jeff Partridge, Rep. Mike Diedrich, and Rep. Tim Goodwin. Goodwin’s presence signals that wacky Trumpist culture warriors are sticking with Rounds. So is Stanford Adelstein, who wrote Borglum one of her biggest checks for her 2018 Legislative campaign but who always has been and apparently always will be a Rounds man.

The clear message of this well-crafted invitation: Borglum has nowhere to turn for support among the Republican powers that be.


  1. leslie 2019-07-11 18:53

    The ONLY other 2020 issue is:

    the most direct way to address rising economic inequality is to simply pay ordinary workers more, by increasing the minimum wage and the salary threshold for overtime exemption; by restoring bargaining power for labor; and by instating higher taxes—much higher taxes—on rich people … and on [their] estates.

  2. leslie 2019-07-11 18:55

    So let’s see if Skyller with her gnarly new big pre-frontal cortex can rise above these snoozing crony republicans we all know.

  3. jerry 2019-07-11 21:42

    Thousand bucks a plate should impress the hell out of bankrupt farmers.

    Boys, the bottom has fallen out of the agriculture sector, but if you have a grand, you can break plate with the dudes and dudettes that bought you bankruptcy. Doesn’t get any better than that. Have some more meatballs, made with Beyond Meat, yummy, pass the gravy with that.

  4. Certain Inflatable Recreational Devices 2019-07-11 22:31

    When the only criterion for election is how weird you can act, we’ll get some pretty weird announcements on how weird the candidates will pronounce themselves.

  5. Debbo 2019-07-11 22:39

    So the SDGOP is sending a signal to Borglum and anyone else who might consider messing with the SDGOP and Chinless Wonder McTurtle’s Kremlin Komrades. Borglum will never get invited to visit Pootie on the 4th of July, but if she’s not careful, she might be invited to go “solo” hunting in a local shelter belt.

  6. grudznick 2019-07-11 22:39

    Dr. Borg is from Rapid City, and she is very pretty, and it is still possible she will enlist Dr. Boz to run her show, and the Drs. Boz and Borg show will get many a vote. grudznick approves.

  7. grudznick 2019-07-11 22:41

    I guess my point is, Dr. Borg can count on grudznick if she writes me a check.

  8. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-07-11 23:22

    Leslie, Borglum will give you no relief on those issues. She just got done saying on Facebook Monday that $15 is too high for a minimum wage and will kill jobs. She doesn’t like “artificial floors” like that and says the market should set wages. Besides, she says, minimum-wage jobs were never meant to provide a real living; some jobs should have unlivably low wages to encourage people to better themselves.

    She fits right in with the Republicans… except she missed the part about heeling to the Republican powers that be.

  9. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-07-11 23:24

    Jerry, with corporate out-of-staters already throwing in $69K to advertise for him, Rounds needs 69 South Dakota couples to show up July 26 to balance the ledger for him and keep him from looking like he’s still one of us.

  10. chris 2019-07-12 05:16

    Apt metaphor. But- if Ivanka wants to show up and chuck him down the shaft, NONE of those bigwigs can stop her.

  11. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-07-12 06:53

    CIRD, perhaps the only upset candidates we can field are reality TV stars. Maybe we could get Holly Hoffman or Mitch Olson to run against Rounds.

  12. leslie england 2019-07-12 17:43

    oh yes, Chem MONEY,…

    we should “thank” Rounds, Sen Armed Services, and Banking Cmttes, for doing his/their number on newbie/primary opponent “Mylar” Scyllar SDSMT PHD from out of state; “but while distracted, Turkey finally began receiving parts of a Russian-made S-400 missile defense system on Friday. Now the Middle East’s largest economy is almost certain to be subject to punitive actions by the U.S., with economic sanctions among the possibilities.

    Market reaction on Friday supports the argument that investors in Turkish assets have already priced in some of the risks associated with the arrival of the missiles, which the U.S. says were designed by Russia to shoot down planes like the F-35.

    The Pentagon argues that the Russian system could help Moscow gather critical intelligence on the stealth capabilities of the next-generation fighter plane. The Pentagon has long promised to cut off Turkey from buying — and helping to build — Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 fighter jets. But that’s not all.*** U.S. can choose from relatively milder options such as ending Export-Import Bank assistance for exports, to much harsher ones like ending access to the U.S. financial system for sanctioned entities.

    After meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G-20 summit last month, Trump blamed problems between the countries on President Barack Obama’s administration — for failing to reach a deal to sell the U.S.-made Patriot missile defense — suggesting that he might spare Turkey the worst of sanctions.”

  13. jerry 2019-07-13 18:49

    Chinese food, in honor of Joop and EB5, will now be the main menu at the $1,000.00 bucks a plate brouhaha for the grifter Mike on the 26th. Joop has been invited in this comedic roast to show party loyalty and a sense of how business works in the underworld. So, if any of those tea party republican ranchers were upset over the fake meat meatballs, bring your appetite for some empty suit rounds egg rolls. As always, there will be a Kosher menu and a Halal menu as well. Bon Appetit suckers.

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