What’s up with Theresa Stehly?


The very complicated garden of the very complicated Theresa Stehly.

For the record, I did not get approval or have told Theresa I was going to write this post about her. These are just observations I have made throughout the past week from reading FB comments, comments on news sites, letters to the editors, call in radio shows and personal conversations with private citizens and local elected officials (past and present). Hundreds of people weighing in.

Theresa is the winner in all this, as well as all the citizens that admire her as an elected official, and frankly all the citizens of this city. There is one thing I have learned over the years with my friendship with Theresa, she cares about people, and sometimes that caring can be overbearing and may look self-serving, but most people don’t have a clue about some of the charitable deeds she has done for our community that never make headlines, and that’s ok. You should always be humble about your charitable deeds (someone should clue in Denny Sanford), but sometimes as an elected official those deeds overflow into the media, that cannot be overlooked or prevented and when that happens it seems other elected officials get butt hurt over the fact that another elected official is getting the spotlight.

A couple of letters to the editor spell out Stehly on a different level;

Know always that our city councilors are here for us to answer our needs and solve our problems.

Read that carefully, that is why we have elected ‘representatives’, not elected ‘dictators’. Trust me, after following the public’s commentary on this, they are very aware of who represents them on the council, and it isn’t Rex Rolfing. Just read this letter to the editor about his treatment of his fellow peer in front of the media and public in the lobby of Carnegie Hall;

While the Council Informational Meeting presumably remained in progress, Rolfing marched out to the Carnegie lobby and inserted himself uninvited into an interview of Stehly by a local print reporter. In the ensuing verbal exchange, Rolfing made a lecturing index finger gesture in Stehly’s face and aggressively demanded she be, quote, “Quiet!”

This is no way to treat your fellow peers. What most don’t realize is that while the council chair (Rex Rolfing) may think he has a lot of power and control over the other councilors, he does not, he has two main functions as chair, he gets to go to more meetings then them (and must be the communication of those meetings to the rest of the council, basically the council’s secretary) and he chairs meetings. Other then that, his vote and stature is equal to other councilors.

Some may argue this is a ‘sexist’ issue. I am not buying that, and Stehly has never brought it up, because frankly, I think Theresa could care less if one of her fellow peers is a pig. This is cut and dry bullying.

Theresa was right to bring this issue to the surface and Rolfing was wrong to try to stifle her. As many in the public have said, and I would agree, if anyone should be brought up on ethics violations it should be Rolfing.

Oink, Oink.


#1 The D@ily Spin on 10.02.16 at 7:26 am

Interrupting a private interview is (at least) rude. Rolfing acting on his own without the council is the worst type of ethics violation. It can be brought but Huether appoints the committee. We know how that goes.

Sounds to me like Rolfing disrespects women. He, like Trump, will lose in any future public election. The 6400 is a voting block. They (alone) have become his worst problem.

Theresa speaks for people without bias. She’s not a Huether groupie. Get used to it. She also happens to be the kindest and sweetest person I know. She’ll pray for Rolfing and proceed with her position in government and the community.

#2 Sheeple on 10.02.16 at 10:51 am

It’s a sad state of affairs when the one city councilor who is trying to do what the citizens want (or at least over 6,000 of them) is being blatantly silenced and told she’s there to serve the city and not the citizens and there’s no public outrage.

I guess our local politics are more like our national politics than I thought. Just as corrupt and voters just as apathetic.

Most people don’t think they will ever have a problem with the City; no code violation, no complaint against an officer, no attempt to change an ordinance. I wish more people understood how one-sided and unfair the City’s processes really are.

Those who do know understand that Councilor Stehly isn’t the problem, she’s the voice of reason.

If she could just be heard over the gavel…

#3 anonymous on 10.02.16 at 4:47 pm

rex is term-limited in 2018, I think he just wants to ride off into the sunset at that point.

On the other hand, I believe rick kiley has greater ambitions.

I have followed SF city government for many years, and this guy is still sitting on the learning curve after almost three years on the Council.

He is not bright enough or savvy enough to lead this city, he would easily become everyone’s puppet as Munson was.

#4 The D@ily Spin on 10.02.16 at 5:33 pm

Advise Rolfing to read here.

In Sioux Falls, anyone can file a restraining order by filing out a form and not having to go before a judge. It’s designed for battered women and unconstitutional yet accepted. One must stay 50′ away and not contact verbally.

In this case, Rolfing threatened Stehly in a private meeting and verbally assaulted her in public media. There’s damages to consider. He’s not her superior. His actions caused her harm. He’ll have to prove he’s not sexist.

They’ll have to be seated at opposite ends of the council. They can’t address each other or the council. City decisions become stagnant.

#5 Don't bother standing up! on 10.03.16 at 1:21 pm

Rex, you’re a fascist brainless pig!! And your day will come…

#6 moses on 10.03.16 at 1:55 pm

Kepp up the great wORK.