South Dakota Democratic Party boss Ben Nesselhuf is leaving the state:
For the past 15 years, I have been involved with the South Dakota Democratic Party in one form or another. Today that will end. I am stepping down as the Chairman and Executive Director of the SDDP.
I am not giving up the fight; I am just changing my field of battle. I have an opportunity to manage a congressional campaign for Jim Mowrer, an Iraq War veteran, in Iowa's 4th congressional district. It is a campaign I believe in and a fight that I want to make in the district where my wife resides. I'm ready to be with her for this next political journey in my life [Ben Nesselhuf, e-mail, 2013.07.02].
The only good spin I have on this one is for Ben. His move makes perfect sense: he's moving to Sioux City to be with his wife (that they've already spent this much time living apart is nuts!), and commuting to Sioux Falls every day is a waste of time and energy that will be better applied to winning political battles, like unseating Congressman Steve King, a real conserva-yahoo. This move will make him a happier man.
But as David Montgomery notes, Nesselhuf is one more of a corps of young, energetic Dems leaving South Dakota for other battles. Varilek, Fargen, McGovern, McCarrick, now Nesselhuf. The state Dems have good folks ready to pick up the slack (interim exec Zach Crago will kick butt!), but we need all hands on deck. Iowa's and Jim Mowrer's gain is South Dakota's loss.