I’m a cusser to, but hey, I’m not running for mayor of Sioux Falls like Mike Huether.

I found this tidbit interesting;

This doesn’t surprise me, I have heard Mike has gone off on other media types, and former employees. He has even said fuck to me before (casually) – doesn’t bother me. It is common in the Credit Card industry, greed makes you a little crazy. I like to cuss though to, makes me feel better to get it off my chest. But I am not running for public office. For all the years I have known Kermit, I have never even heard him even say ‘damn’. Not in his nature, he usually laughs things off or is very pointed in his remarks.

While some of my friends have claimed that I have ‘gone off the deep end’ for supporting Kermit, it kinda sounds like Mike is the one ‘going off the deep end’ he knows nothing about running for public office. And if he becomes mayor, he will have a rude awakening when in the first 100 days of his administration the media is slapping him around like a sock monkey for his lack of knowledge of government.

While Greg and I don’t see eye to eye, I will commend him for talking about this, it needed to be heard.

UPDATE: Greg will be on KCPO’s the Facts this morning at 10:30 AM talking about the mayoral race (Cable channel 2)


#1 sidestreets on 04.24.10 at 10:30 pm

Holy S&it!!

#2 anominous on 04.24.10 at 10:41 pm


#3 Skyorbit on 04.24.10 at 10:50 pm

I picked this up too.


#4 Helga on 04.25.10 at 1:20 am

Heck if it is OK for Dick it must be OK for everyone else.

#5 sidestreets on 04.25.10 at 1:40 am

In hindsight I wish we would have put that smirk photo of Mike Huther’s face in every urinal in Sioux Falls. That’s where he belongs!

#6 caheidelberger on 04.25.10 at 7:14 am

Seriously? Come on, get a real issue. I swear regularly within reach of my “microphone,” my computer. The fact is, Huether didn’t use that language on air… whereas this blog does. Huether makes the choice and modulates his message so as not to coarsen public discourse.

You make a much better case when you just stick with policy issues like the events center. A silly post like this doesn’t add to the discourse or help anyone who hasn’t chosen already make an intelligent choice between candidates.

#7 Jackie on 04.25.10 at 7:20 am

I’ll toss in a counter viewpoint since we’re into character examination:

I rode in a car to the state Democratic caucus to cast my vote for a co-worker for the national convention. Todd Epp, Mike Huether, Barry Foster, and myself were in the car. Mike struck me as a guy that wanted to serve and run in a political office. In the car, Todd was the first to offer the idea of running for mayor vs Gov. Mike was nothing but nice, earnest, and I don’t recall any cussing in any of the conversations to Pierre. It was a rather idealistic, idea generating car ride, with some talk of coaching, pheasant hunting, Yankton, etc.

A few months later, I was invited to be a part of McIntyre’s Banquet Serving group at the Banquet. That was the second time I saw Mike — who had his sleeves rolled up and had volunteered and assumed the dishwashing role.

My encounters with Mike have been ones where he has exhibited humility, humor, and an honest desire to serve the public. Those are just personal observations.

I think highly of you too,Scott and your opinions too — and politically can identify more times than not. We all have our bad or off days, but I do think when I’m watching a fellow jump in and wash dishes than do something easier like greet or pour coffee (all honorable when serving at the Banquet, BTW) — it’s a pretty good impression. I don’t imagine Belfrage would Tweet about that… but it’s something to be tossed out when character is discussed.

#8 l3wis on 04.25.10 at 7:28 am

Like I said above, I don’t care about the cussing, I am more concerned about his lack of thick skin. No question, this race is up in the air, by all accounts and Mike could be our next mayor. I think Greg’s post isn’t as much about the cussing as it is about Mike getting his feathers ruffled too easily. In the business world, you have tighter control of your critics, especially in a private industry like credit cards, but once you are in the spotlight as mayor, you better learn to grin and bare it or Mike is going to have a tough road ahead of him, a real tough road. This isn’t the first time I have heard him take the media to task, and he has a right to defend himself BUT there is different ways of doing it.

#9 KMS on 04.25.10 at 12:41 pm

Cussing is a big deal! We teach out children NOT to cuss. He needs to be an example. If you wish to run for a city office, your standards need to be higher. I would not vote for him just because of that. Sure everyone gets upset, you need to find other ways of saying words that do not offend others. This sounds like a character issue.

#10 Costner on 04.26.10 at 9:04 am

Keep in mind that if Belfrage has to resort to the cussing said off air as his primary complaint, it probably means he doesn’t have anything of substance to hold against Huether.

Let’s just all admit that Belfrage is way out on the far right, so he has painted a target on Huether if for no other reason than he is a Democrat. It might matter if Mike said one thing off air and switched positions on air, but having a little colorful language in one setting and a more business-like tone in another is nothing new. We see it from all walks of life from gradeschool kids all the way up to the last two Vice-Presidents (and I’m sure the Presidents as well).