Friday, June 13, 2014

A Minor Musing About The State Auditor's Race

Unless South Dakota's Democrats have developed a campaign strategy that copies the time travel strategy of Charles Xavier and Magneto from X-Men: Days of Future Past, incumbent governor Dennis Daugaard will easily defeat Democrat Susan Wismer and Republicans will easily maintain dominance of the South Dakota legislature.

Given that reality, Democrats should make taking the State Auditor's office a priority. The website for the current Republican Auditor asserts
The State Auditor serves as the taxpayers' watchdog. It is the State Auditor who scrutinizes the manner in which state tax dollars are being spent. Simply stated, the Office of State Auditor is constitutionally the office of "checks and balances" of state government.
Quite frankly, it should be an easy sell that the party that controls the executive branch and the legislature should not be allowed to monitor itself. The EB-5, or whatever one wishes to call it, debacle should be all the proof that one needs to see state funds have not always been used properly.

The candidate would have to craft the message carefully; conceding that many of the other Democrats running for state office are going to lose is not the best way to build confidence or insure that the party will have a complete slate of candidates during the next election.cycle. That said, most South Dakotans know that Republicans have dominated the state for recent decades. If a candidate runs as a reformer who will make every effort to ensure that a little sunlight will shine on the darker areas of state spending, that campaign should resonate with voters.

Last night, Pat Powers sneered at idea that Democrat Angelia Schultz would run for the State Auditor position. She may not be the right person for the job, but Democrats are on the right track by creating the impression that that they believe this office is a priority.

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