While old cronies and loons like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum slouch into our state to save Mike Rounds's floundering campaign, Rick Weiland gets the endorsement of a straight-up South Dakotan, former gubernatorial candidate and state fire chief Joe Lowe:
It's about Leadership and People—Rick Weiland gets it
I get so tired during a campaign about people claiming that they are proven leaders. Many candidates have been good managers. Leaders deal with people. Managers deal with things. Leadership and management are different,
I form my opinions on leadership from my 36-year career with the fire service, being part of a leadership program associated with Chapman College, and leading a national incident management team that responded to Incidents of national significance.
Rick Weiland is about people and is a proven leader. It is big responsibility to be the Region 8 FEMA Director. He had to work with governors and people when disaster struck. Rick had to bring people together during the recovery efforts on large and destructive incidents. He had to insure continuity of government was restored, community infrastructure was restored and get disaster funds to the people whose homes were destroyed.
Leaders deal with people. They create a vision of the future. They see things as they ought to be and not as they are, They motivate and inspire people. In addition, they coach and build teams.
Rick gets it. Get out and help him win this race. It is a close one [Joe Lowe, Facebook post, 2014.10.15].
Joe Lowe worked for Mike Rounds. He knows the leadership abilities of our former Governor. And Lowe says Weiland can better motivate, inspire, and build teams than Lowe's old boss.