Casey Murschel is a former Republican legislator. To clarify, she is a former legislator—three terms in the House from 2001 through 2006—and now a former Republican.
Murschel says she’s voting for Democrat Jamie Smith this fall, because she trusts him to govern South Dakota, not just use South Dakota as a set for national campaign videos:
But Casey Murschel, 71, said she plans to vote for Smith. A former GOP state representative in the Sioux Falls area, Murschel said the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, led her to leave the party and identify as an independent. She said she trusts Smith to focus on governing the state and to advocate for abortion rights.
“Kristi has gone Hollywood,” she said. “She has basically turned her back on South Dakotans. We’re like props for her” [Stephen Groves, “Noem’s Balancing Act: Big Ambitions, South Dakota Reelection,” AP, 2022.10.09].
When he announced his campaign for governor in February, Smith said he could get some of his fellow legislators from across the aisle to support his campaign. Let’s see if any current Republican legislators can come to their senses the way former Republican legislator Murschel has and publicly back an honest Democrat who promises to do the job they elect him to do rather than a camera hog who’s turned her back on South Dakota.