Former South Dakota Democratic Party chair Jennifer Slaight-Hansen of Aberdeen is apparently following through with her promise to appeal her August 19 ouster by the SDDP State Central Committee. South Dakota Standard reports she filed that appeal last week, and the Dakota Scout reports that the SDDP Executive Board is meeting Wednesday to appoint an appeals committee to consider Slaight-Hansen’s contention that the vote to remove her was not valid.
Slaight-Hansen’s appeal has no happy outcome. It certainly does not result in her regaining and retaining leadership of the South Dakota Democratic Party. The ouster vote was unanimous. Legislative Democrats, major county parties, and youth organizations in the party all agitated for the chair’s removal. No organized resistance arose to defend Slaight-Hansen’s chairship. Even if Slaight-Hansen’s appeal has merit and she is technically still the chair, her political authority is gone. Party members will simply replay the recall process with fully dotted ayes and cross Slaight-Hansen’s name off the leadership roster again.
Why delay the inevitable? It’s not like there’s a salary or benefits or any political advantage to clinging to the chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party for a few more days or weeks when the vast majority of South Dakotans don’t care who holds that post and the tiny, tiny handful of dedicated South Dakotans who do care—several dozen activists who show up armed with Robert’s Rules of Order for State Central Committee meetings—don’t want that holder.
Everybody in this affair has bigger things to worry about. Slaight-Hansen has nothing to gain by fighting further.