Democrat Tom Cool is running for Secretary of State to save the integrity of your vote from election denier Monae Johnson. And the best advice the SDGOP spin blog can give is to tell Johnson to stop talking to the press:
Who is running Monae Johnson’s campaign? Because at this point, I question whether they lack any campaign intelligence whatsoever. Tom Cool has long been known as just an awful a placeholder candidate for Democrats, losing in his last 5 or so times at bat. But Monae Johnson’s stumbles have given his people a rare something to grab on to in a Constitutional race.
I’ve read at least two interviews since the infamous KELOland ‘election denier’ interview.. and all the interviewers want to talk about is whether she’s an election denier. So Monae is forced to address the question again, and again, and again, keeping the media cycle on the hit against her alive with life it might not have otherwise.
With a week to go, the smart thing to do would be for Monae to quit doing interviews. The only publicity she’s getting from those is not helping her. The damage is done, so she needs to quit giving the story daily CPR.
If she would do that, she can probably ride the GOP wave of the election through to the finish line [Pat Powers, “Dem SOS Candidate Tom Cool Has New Commercial, Directly Slamming GOP SOS Candidate Monae Johnson as Election Denier. Monae Needs to Quit Running Against Herself,” Dakota War College, 2022.11.02].
For the record, the reporters who have interviewed Johnson and Cool have asked the candidates questions about several issues besides what should be the non-issue of who won the 2020 election. It’s not the media that forces Johnson to address a question the likes of which has never arisen in past campaigns; it’s Johnson herself who forces every good journalist and concerned voter to do a double take and say, “Wait, really? Dozens of courts have affirmed the results of the 2020 election and declared accusations of widespread fraud baseless, and you, Monae, still don’t acknowledge the legitimacy of President Biden’s election and thus perpetuate the lie that motivated the January 6 insurrection?”
The proper remedy for Johnson is not to go silent. The proper remedy is for the woman who wants to manage South Dakota’s elections to stop giving aid and comfort to America’s most dangerous lie. All Johnson has to say, just like Tom Cool says with remarkable ease and zero obfuscation or rhetorical contortions, is “The 2020 election was legit,” and Tom Cool’s biggest campaign issue goes away.
But the SDGOP spin blog behaves like entire party for which it spins, unable to acknowledge a simple fact that undermines the angry, deceitful, and violent foment that keeps the Grand Old White Party alive in a changing America. Instead of telling his party’s errant candidate to right the ship by telling the truth, Powers instead leaves her deceit unchallenged and recommends she just cover it up.