Speaking of budget restraint, don't expect Mike Rounds to bring any to Washington. His soapbox bleating includes the usual platitudes about restoring fiscal discipline to a broken Congress, but even conservatives don't buy Rounds's credentials on that topic. See what conservative prof Jon Schaaf says about Rounds:
Schaff said the recent investigation into financial misconduct involving Rounds' former economic development director doesn't appear to have hit too closely to Rounds. Schaff said the main criticism Rounds is likely to face ahead of the June primary is that he overspent during his governorship.
"Clearly he was not a complete fiscal hawk, and so he's been already attacked by some folks on that," Schaff said ["Rounds Says Congress Needs to Regain Disipline," AP via KELOLand.com, 2014.04.06].
$127 million structural deficit, lax supervision of state programs that throw millions of dollars into a doomed beef plant (yes, I'm getting to Joe O'Sullivan's EB-5 article!), lost money in the Farm Loan mediation program and cement plant trust fund... yeah, I'd say the fiscal hawk is short some feathers.