Schoenbeck spent more than $15,000 in personal and campaign committee funds. The money went to back Republican candidates he says are solid public policy people.
“To put our state back in a little different direction,” Schoenbeck says. “The legislature needs more credibility. To get there it needs good people. There are a lot of good people there, but there have been these aberrations. We need to get past that.”
Schoenbeck says he backed primary candidates running against members of an alternative Republican caucus—sometimes self-described as ‘ultra conservative.’
Schoenbeck disputes it’s a moderate versus conservative distinction.
“There’s a difference between conservative and crazy,” Schoenbeck says. “Some people are just crazy” [Lee Strubinger, “How One Current, One Former Lawmaker Are Reshaping the State Legislature,” SDPB, 2020.06.15].
Democrats, take note: Lee Schoenbeck doesn’t have to be nice to his fellow Republicans when they advocate crazy policies. He calls them what they are, and in more primaries than not, he wins the argument with the voters.
Idiots are idiots. Crazies are crazies. Calling bad politicians what they are isn’t mean or counterproductive or a sign that you can’t get along with others and get things done in Pierre. It’s a sign that you don’t want crazy idiots running your state and writing your laws. All candidates should be as passionate and forthright as Senator Schoenbeck about avoiding crazy-idiotocracy.
Now if only we could also avoid the one-party rule bolstered by Schoenbeck’s crafty crazy purge and concomitant marginalizing of the opposition party.