Governor Dennis Daugaard has appointed Rob Skjonsberg to the South Dakota Board of Economic Development. Skjonsberg is an econ grad from SDSU. He's worked in banking and at Poet Ethanol. So what could be wrong with having a smart guy like Skjonsberg handing out state government checks to needy corporate socialists?
Do you believe in coincidences? The man running Gov. Mike Rounds’ campaign for US Senate just got appointed by Governor Daugaard to help dole out state tax dollars for economic development. Whose interest is being served here? It’s just another ongoing example of Republicans leaders in Pierre using state tax dollars to support Republicans running for office [Ben Nesselhuf, South Dakota Democratic Party press release, 2012.01.03].
The Governor says pish posh:
I appointed Rob Skjonsberg to the Board of Economic Development because I have appreciation for his high intelligence and clear communications skills and his business sense.... That’s why I appointed him. I wish we had more people with his kind of skills [Gov. Dennis Daugaard, quoted by David Montgomery, "Daugaard Taps Skjonsberg for Board (updated)," Political Smokeout, 2012.01.03].
I agree with the Governor: I wish we had more people with such skills as well. As it is, in our tiny state, the talent pool is far too in-bred and beholden to the Republican power structure to expect any appointee of our Republican Governor to have more than one degree of separation from our Chavezian one-party power structure.
Speaking of which, Skjonsberg takes the seat of Mark Mickelson, son and grandson of former Republican governors, who heads for Pierre next week as one of District 13's new Republican representatives.
p.s.: I'll withdraw all complaints if we can start writing all these names with Scandinavian accent marks. Daugård Taps Skjønsberg!