Mr. Reitzel sends in a letter to the Argus Leader. It is reproduced here in its entirety:
I’m writing this letter to encourage Steve Hildebrand to run against Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
We need someone in Washington who will work with President Obama and not against him. We already have Sen. John Thune for that job.
We need a true progressive and not a so-called Blue Dog Democrat who is nothing more than a fence sitter.
We need a Democrat with ideals who isn’t afraid to stand up for what is right and be progressive. Not someone who is timid.
We need someone who will fight for those who can’t. Like the 40 million Americans who don’t have health insurance. We don’t need a Blue Dog Democrat who gets her orders from the insurance industry.
I hope other South Dakota Democrats stand up and encourage Hildebrand to run as well.
You will notice that Senator Thune and Representative Herseth Sandlin are both called out as lacking in “progressive” areas. However, you will also note that Senator Johnson is not mentioned by name. Is the writer leaving him out on purpose–as having nothing to do with the representative’s seat? If so, then why mention Thune? Or, is Johnson the “timid” one referenced in the section about being “right and … progressive?” Or, as the title of this post intimates, has Senator Johnson simply become invisible?
It would also appear that the writer does not believe that Dr. Weiland (who recently declared himself as the Herseth Sandlin challenger) is a “Democrat with ideals.”
All of that aside, I would encourage Mr. Hildebrand to run–if for entirely different reasons than those stated above.