Kevin Woster gives Senator Stanford Adelstein (R-32/Rapid City) some ink to muse about running for governor. Senator Adelstein uses his blog (which pays good money to advertise here... as should you!) to foment further discussion of an Adelstein statewide candidacy. Intrepid reporter David Montgomery notes the Senator has taken other steps to raise his profile, suggesting a run for something could happen. And the ever-feudal Pat Powers calls the Senator a traitorous, attention-seeking good-for-nothing.
I have ad dollars but no inside information. My speculation is purely my own. And my speculation is that you will not see Adelstein on a statewide ballot next year. The Senator himself says he'd prefer a different attack on the unsatisfactory status quo:
And maybe even running for governor? Adelstein downplays the possibility, without rejecting it.
"I would rather find a younger man or young woman who wanted to be governor," he said. "But I'm really not pleased with what's going on these days. Running for governor would give me a statewide platform to discuss those issues" [Kevin Woster, "Could Rapid City's Stan Adelstein Still Run for Governor?" Rapid City Journal, 2013.02.24].
Senator Adelstein has the confidence and cash to say and do whatever he wants. But he doesn't want to run for Governor. He wants someone younger to run for governor and lead longer-lasting change in the direction of the moderate policies Adelstein favors.
But where will he find such a candidate who can viably challenge Governor Daugaard in 2014? A successful challenger would have to capitalize on the disgruntled but apparently shrinking Democrat base as well as the energetic arch-conservatives who are willing to unseat Governor Daugaard for his unconservative crony capitalism. It might take more money that Stan and God put together could muster to get Democratic chairman Ben Nesselhuf and Republican gadfly (is gad-elephant a word?) Stace Nelson onto the same ticket... but that seems to be the kind of monster it would take to wage a successful anti-Daugaard campaign in 2014.
The Dems tried a fusion ticket of sorts in 2010 with Democrat Scott Heidepriem picking former Republican Ben Arndt as his running mate. Their tack toward the center, though, didn't help them distinguish themselves from the safe Republican choice. Maybe a Nelson-Nesselhuf ticket, rich with open conflict and dichotomy but united in a desire to change the power equation in Pierre, is just what Senator Adelstein needs to find a way forward for South Dakota while keeping himself happily ensconced in his Black Hills digs.