I stopped by Gordon Howie's Community Thrift Store in Rapid City (hey, I believe in community, I'm thrifty... why not?).
I enjoy the metaphoric fun of seeing a wind turbine humming happily on the hill above the arch-conservative's headquarters. But check out the campaign sign in the lower right:
Howie is eagerly circulating petitions to run for U.S. Senate as an Independent, but he's still proudly flying the colors of his preferred candidate, Republican State Representative Stace Nelson. A similar sign graces another Howie property up the street, and the flyer display inside the front door of the store offers customers Nelson literature right alongside religious tracts.
I invite readers and voters to weigh in on the utility of a Howie endorsement for any Republican candidate.