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Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, the former Member of Congress and so called Blue Dog from South Dakota, is contemplating running for the U.S. Senate open seat resulting from the announced retirement of Tim Johnson. Meanwhile Rick Weiland, a strong progressive Democrat, has already announced and has received the endorsement of Tom Daschle among others.

As Stephanie Herserth Sandlin decides whether she will run, it's instructional to go back and watch some of the ads she ran in 2010 pointing out how committed she was to NOT voting with or supporting Democratic priorities when she was serving in Congress before.

Check out this ad from that last campaign:

A Trick Alright - Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

As Rick Weiland said in his announcement, "The Senate is frozen, unable to pass common-sense legislation due to an antiquated filibuster rule requiring 60 Senators’support even to proceed to a vote. Judges can't get confirmed, cabinet secretaries are held up, and common-sense legislation is rejected, even if there’s majority support, as long as that majority is short of the magic 60 Senators. It's crazy."

Do we really need a South Dakota Blue Dog in the U.S. Senate who will be as obstructionist on key Democratic priorities as she was in the House?

Go to Rick Weiland's Facebook page to show your support. His campaign is just getting underway and promises to make Democrats everywhere proud of our great heritage and our priorities on the issues.

Originally posted to Mike Chapman on Fri May 10, 2013 at 04:52 AM PDT.

Also republished by South Dakota Kos.

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  •  Thanks for posting this (1+ / 0-)
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    This Race is going to become one of the hottest in the country, due to the pick up potential for the Reds. Any idea whose favored for the Dems? And more importantly, who is coming out of the Republican side?

    •  My guess (1+ / 0-)
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      The Senate Conservatives Fund, DeMint's group which includes Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, will find someone to run to the right of and probably beat Mike Rounds, the former Republican Governor who they have already decided is "too liberal."

      Rick Weiland will be the standard bearer of the Democratic wing of the South Dakota Democratic party.

      My prediction is that the Club for Growth, Freedom Works, and others will fund Kristi Noem (or another conservative) and defeat Rounds in the primary.

      Our hope, and my other prediction, is that Rick Weiland will be the Democratic nominee. At that point we can look at the right wing policies of Ted Cruz, et al, compared to common sense solutions being proposed by Democrats.

      Then, of course, it's all about getting out the vote. Rick Weiland ran Tom Daschle's first campaign. He knows a thing or two about that.

      I predict Rick Weiland will win this race.

  •  Republican win is virtually in the bag (1+ / 0-)
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    Weiland has my support, but I don't think he has the name recognition to beat either Noem or Rounds. I think Rounds will be the nominee and I just don't see any SD Dem able to take him.

    I wouldn't vote for Herseth-Sandlin for dogcatcher. Left the blank empty last time and will do so again if she runs.

  •  Link to the Facebook page (1+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice

    added to my post from yesterday. Thanks.

    I predict Rick Weiland will win this race.
    So far, the worst thing I've heard about Weiland is that he's boring. I seem to remember hearing the same thing about Tim Johnson who has been elected and reelected in SD since 1978. Maybe the right word for a candidate who is more focused on issues the voters care about than on the candidate's ego is effective. And electable.

    Never separate the life you live from the words you speak - Paul Wellstone

    by meralda on Fri May 10, 2013 at 06:53:39 AM PDT

  •  Check out my SD-Sen diary about the pros and cons (0+ / 0-)

    of both Weiland and Herseth Sandlin:

    Please Tip & Rec it if you like it!

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Fri May 10, 2013 at 02:40:34 PM PDT

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