So it's the end of the news cycle today, and I'm looking around for Corinna Robinson. Last I'd heard, Robinson was planning to officially announce her candidacy today, Veterans Day. But we've heard nothing. No big press release in the inbox. No Twitter action unleashed. No fiery kickoff speech YouTubed onto Facebook (there's a statement that would have been incomprehensible 20 years ago!). CorinnaRobinson.com still parked blank. Did I miss something?
Helene Duhamel sent a KOTA camera to catch Corinna at the snowy Rapid City Veterans Day parade. Robinson stood with her fellow veterans but did not commandeer the stage. She also chose not to clutter the reverent day with her political announcement. At the end of her report, Duhamel says "she did not want to make her formal campaign announcement today because today is about veterans."
I'm at least glad to finally hear Robinson's voice on air. In that small clip, from a purely speech-coach perspective, she sounds like she has a voice we can work with.
Her sentiment is right: let the patriotic parade play out unhindered, wait for better coverage in the regular news cycle. But why say last month that you'd make an announcement on Veterans Day?
It's a small error. But it does signal that this campaign is not a long-planned roll-out. Robinson for House appears to be a very new enterprise that's had time to print that snappy South Dakota name tag but still needs to sit down and map out its full plan of attack.
Possibly complicating the planning and logistics: Bajun R. Mavalwalla, the man who lists his current job as "Campaign Manager" for "Corinna for South Dakota," lists his place of residence as Copenhagen, Denmark. Kind of tough to get around and rent the Rushmore Civic Center or the VFW for a big campaign rally from across the Atlantic....
Update 2013.11.12 04:44 Central European Time: But Captain Mavalwalla is a decorated (two Bronze Stars!) military intelligence officer. Forget arranging a fancy campaign announcement; he can probably call in drone surveillance on Kristi Noem's house from Copenhagen! Call in the big guns!