SD Democratic Party ED confirms it, Elvis has left the building


Wow, I am starting to sound like Pitty Patt more every day, God help me! I got word last week that besides the Chair of the party, there was only one other volunteer at the party office, and only one paid staff, the new ED, Suzie Jones Pranger. The other two paid staffers have left, Pranger confirms it in an email today;

Hello! I am Suzanne Jones Pranger, the new Executive Director of the South Dakota Democratic Party. As we continue to gear up for the 2016 Election, we need your help! The Party is looking to hire two new staff members to help propel us to success on Election Day, but we cannot do this without your support.

The South Dakota Democratic Party is hiring a new Field and Data Director and is planning to expand our staff with the addition of a Communications Director who will interact with the press, produce daily content on social media, spread the Democratic message, and help our candidates win in 2016!
I’m still puzzled how the SD Democratic party is going to rebuild itself with two volunteers and a newly hired Executive Director (who because of her previous Federal job wasn’t involved in the party much over the past couple of years). I will say this, Pranger has a good resume, and Tornberg is a fighter, but you don’t fight a forest fire with 1-gallon pail of water. If there are any Democrats in the state still loyal to the party’s mission, I suggest they join in the fight.
And I am talking about seasoned Democrats, not recent college grads that hop around from job to job to build their resume instead of building the credibility of the party. That has where I have seen the SD Democratic party crumble over the past 5-10 years, paying greenhorns to do the jobs of seasoned politicos, and not making them accountable for their poor results. I would suggest from now on you offer them volunteer positions to prove themselves first before putting them on the payroll.
I’m afraid that 2016 is going to be another disappointing year for the Dems unless they build the party first, from inside out, and stop worrying about petitions and Facebook games.


#1 Sanford Falls on 08.18.15 at 1:43 pm

Sorry but I see this party becoming less and less relevant here in South Dakota in challenging the SDGOP. Since there is much disagreement within the party how to move forward they should just start their own new parties and just build from them.

Then again people are getting tired of being boxed into the two big political party system we have nationally and especially here in South Dakota. The Democrats here in South Dakota have a number of vocal pie in the sky crazies that others won’t have nothing to do with.
Just run as independents in the future? Start a new party or get the heck outta here?

#2 Curt Pochardt on 08.18.15 at 1:48 pm

I think you may have jumped the gun. SJP is not the only staff person at SDDP. Yes, they are hiring, but it may be pre-mature to flush 2016.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 08.18.15 at 2:46 pm

It’s good that the Democratic party is this disorganized. No doubt, Huether will run for governor. It’s important his political career ends. I don’t think the state outside of Sioux Falls realizes how much he’s used unconstitutional Home Rule Charter to rig voting and contract awards for huge unnecessary projects. He’s ignored crime, welfare, and infrastructure. I’d like to see him investigated. It’s very suspicious that he’s become wealthy on a mayor’s salary. His infection must be contained. The rest of the state hasn’t learned how his syndicate takes over.

#4 Winston on 08.18.15 at 4:49 pm

Whose running against John Randolph Thune?

#5 Anonymous on 08.18.15 at 7:50 pm

So? Huether is no different than Daugaard?

#6 Lemming on 08.18.15 at 11:29 pm

Time to bring out the usual sacrificial lambs. Volesky, Weiland and anyone named Hunhoff.

#7 hornguy on 08.19.15 at 10:32 am

I suspect those with actual can-do skills have figured out that the way to get things done as a Democrat right now is through the initiative process. It’s going to take a giant sea change in South Dakota to make the Democratic party viable again. Years out of power have effectively destroyed their bench, and those scarce few who have some ID and accumulated political capital don’t seem very interested in blowing it by running in the current political environment.