Black Hills State University homecoming celebrants paraded through Spearfish today. Naturally, a number of politicians scooted along looking for votes.
No, no, no. Real politicians, like Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen, who was working really hard to get her truck and sticker crew to catch up with the rest of the parade.
I aimed for a picture of Fiegen herself, but she must have had her Dem radar on and avoided the Left side of the street... unlike one of her poor sticker gals, who asked if I wanted a Fiegen sticker. She was briefly flabbergasted when I declined and told her I'm a McGovern man. Some Republicans just aren't used to being contradicted.
Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson was hustling both sides of the street:
Commissioner Nelson knows full well I'm a Nemec man. He still came up with his big smile, shook my hand, and handed my daughter two Tootsie Rolls.
Check out that decal on the side of Chris's truck bed. Pretty snappy!
Rep. Fred Romkema rode through the parade with his current District 31 colleagues Rep. Chuck Turbiville and Sen. Tom Nelson. Rep. Turbiville chose to retire from the Legislature this year; Lawrence County voters made that choice for Sen. Nelson in favor of Bob Ewing at the June primary. Note these public servants are riding in a fine blue Oldsmobile. Yes, these are your father's Republicans.
Rep. Turbiville's replacement, Rep.-Elect Tim Johns, yielded slightly large billing on the Lawrence County Republicans' car to Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Alas, no Kristi, as she had a public forum to skip down the road in Rapid today.
But also absent from today's parade: Democrats. One-party rule paraded through the streets of Spearfish today. Some days parades make me feel lonely.
Bonus pix! Cool Jeep:
...and fun Shriner toy plane: