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Ravnsborg Answers Mail, Gets Tea Party Endorsement by Default

Speaking of Jason Ravnsborg (what is it with me and no-hope candidates?), I noted with surprise that the least-connected, latest-coming candidate in the GOP Senate race won the endorsement of the out-state Tea Party Tribune. I thought that odd, because any attentive observer of South Dakota politics would know immediately that Rep. Stace Nelson is their greatest hope, with the clearest passion for throwing Tea and RINOs into the nearest harbor. Nelson has been a regular guest at Tea Party and other arch-conservative events around South Dakota. Ravnsborg has no discernible history as a Tea Party activist. Why would Ravnsborg win any Tea Party endorsement over Nelson?

Because Ravnsborg answers his mail. Among the things I learned at the Lawrence County Lincoln Day Dinner last night was that Ravnsborg got the Tea Party Tribune shout-out because he was the one candidate to respond to their questionnaire.

Once again, in politics, half of winning is just showing up.


  1. mike from iowa 2014.04.27

    The curse of being a bleeding-heart Liberal answers your first question. Compassion,Sir-what wingnut pols share a distinct lack of.

  2. Tim 2014.04.27

    Not sure I would answer a letter from the wingnut right, surprised Stace missed the chance, they seem right up his alley.

  3. Bree S. 2014.04.28

    I wouldn't have responded to Ken Crow's questionnaire either.

  4. Stace Nelson 2014.04.28

    We do our best to respond to any position papers from any groups that contact us. Neither my staff nor myself received anything from Ken Crow or the online internet sites that he is associated with. Regardless, if Mr. Crow was associated in any way with SD TEA party activists, or TEA Party Express, my bona fides as a conservative would have been immediately confirmed.

  5. Roger Cornelius 2014.04.28


    So, is it a good thing or a bad thing not getting the endorsement of Ken Crow?

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