Mike Huether's history in Premier Bankcard usury is enough to induce me to vote for any Democrat who challenges him in a primary for whatever higher office Huether may seek.
But Joel Rosenthal catches another quote from the mayor of Sioux Falls that won't help him win votes from any party. Yesterday, Mayor Huether seemed to claim credit for getting Walmart to propose two new stores for Sioux Falls:
Huether said residents told him they needed more retail when he campaigned for office three years ago.
“I was committed to seeing what I could do. Thank goodness I was elected mayor,” he said. “North side, we’re getting a grocery store. North side, we’re getting retail” [Jodi Schwan and Beth Wischmeyer, "Two Walmarts Planned for Edges of Sioux Falls," that Sioux Falls paper, 2013.03.12].
At least Mayor Huether had the decency to thank the secular goodness instead of any particular God.
Rosenthal recommends Mayor Huether ease back on the "chutzpah":
I have been active in politics at the local, state, and national levels for 36 years, interested in politics and reading about politics for now about 50 years and do not recall any politician talking about himself in such a way.
...Sometimes I agree with Mike Huether, sometimes I disagree, and I have worked with him on Library issues. He is a man of energy and he is possessed but I suggest he modulate his self assuredness [Joel Rosenthal, "Chutzpah," South Dakota Straight Talk, 2013.03.12].
Running for office requires a certain amount of self-confidence. But Mayor Huether, the trick is not to tell us about it.