Given the Lederman/Republican establishment’s unbridled antipathy toward Senate quitter Stace Nelson, there’s more chance they’d take the recommendation of former Democratic Frank Kloucek for a District 19 Legislative replacement.
And whom does our man Kloucek recommend? Perennial pot petitioner Melissa Mentele:
Dear Governor Noem:
I ask your consideration and appointment of Melissa Mentele to the open District 19 Senate seat.
Melissa Mentele has all the qualities needed to be an outstanding senator for District 19. She is honest, well known and respected, has no prior involvement in either the Gear Up or EB 5 Fiascos, has no conflict of interest issues concerning legislative audits, is a strong supporter of family farm agriculture and small business, and is in tune with issues affecting pocket books of every South Dakota. Governor Noem once again I ask you to appoint Melissa Mentele to the District 19 Senate seat recently vacated by Stace Nelson. Her integrity and bipartisanship will serve our area and South Dakota well as a State Senator.
Frank J Kloucek [open letter to Governor Noem, 2019.11.24]
Interest in public service, good understanding of the political process, keen interest in protecting our right to petition the government… why not? Come on, Kristi—you could use a little bipartisan burnish on your record right now. Appointing a woman with different views from yours on hemp and cannabis policy would certainly get you some attention and start some conversations. Since that is now the overriding goal of your administration, Mentele is you logical choice. Senator Mentele, welcome to Pierre!