Last updated on 2014.04.21
Democratic candidate Joe Lowe has released a video summarizing his leadership experience (hey: is Susan Wismer on YouTube yet?). His top three points are reasonably impressive: mayor of a city of a hundred thousand, first state fire chief in 2001, and incident commander from Yankton to Dakota Dunes during the 2011 Missouri River floods. He spends a minute describing his leadership role in building the big Dakota Dunes levee:
I was an incident commander. I was very fortunate to be picked as an incident commander for one of the 33 teams in the nation that goes to incidents of national significance. And when we look at that, I'll frame it for you, that's like the general [chuckles] on an incident. And at that point I managed, I'll give you an example, we managed 80 miles of flooding, the river, from Yankton to Dakota Dunes, five branches. I was very proud of my team, and those were your sons and daughters that we led into that flood fight. That river was flowing 165,000 cubic feet per second, greater than Niagara Falls, and we beat the river. We beat the river. We built a levee my team, this team, and with those guys, they built a levee six miles long, eleven feet tall, in eight days [Joe Lowe, campaign speech, posted to YouTube, 2014.02.25 ].
But since he's a Democrat, talking about good things he's done makes him a jerk, says Republican blog Dakota War College:
Is it just me that finds that statement a little arrogant? Especially when it’s being made in a political context?
I think there were a lot of people who contributed, including the National Guard, and private contractors hired to do so. And last I recalled, Governor Daugaard led a lot of that process [Pat Powers, "Joe Lowe Taking Credit for Building Flood Levees," Dakota War College, 2014.03.02].
Pat tries to manufacture controversy where there is none. In his speech, Joe Lowe gives an accurate statement of his work as incident commander on the Missouri in 2011. He said his team, which included the folks Pat mentions, built the levees. He gives due credit to "your sons and daughters," but he commanded the daily operations that built the Dakota Dunes levee. Under his leadership, the project succeeded.
It ain't arrogance when it's the truth.