Is Billie Sutton’s pick for Lt. Governor is (was?) a Republican?

We checked on Michelle Lavallee’s voter registration to see if she recently changed it, but in past tense she is showing up as a Republican and has a very poor voting record.

I also found it interesting that Billie would pick a person who co-chaired Paul TenHaken’s mayoral campaign. While tapping a Sioux Falls Woman with savvy in running a campaign within Sioux Falls is a good idea, Billie really needed to tap a Democrat (you know, the party you are running in). I saw Heidepriem make this mistake when he did the same thing.

Why is it when Democrats run for statewide offices in South Dakota they think they can win as ‘Republican Light’? Either just run as a Republican/Democrat or not at all. This STRATEGY has NEVER worked, and I have no idea why the SD Democratic Party keeps playing this card time and time again.

Is it too early to congratulate Governor Noem on her win?


#1 le langhe carabine on 06.14.18 at 10:59 am

Last we heard Lavalle was working to undermine prescription drug initiative on behalf of Big Pharma…

#2 Dutch Oven on 06.14.18 at 11:03 am

Billie Sutton picking Paul Tenhaken’s campaign chair when there are plenty of qualified DEMOCRATIC candidates statewide, let alone in Sioux Falls, is so incredibly stupid. He deserves to lose. And will. Kristi Noem won today.

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.14.18 at 12:04 pm

“I saw Heidepriem make this mistake when he did the same thing.”

Hell, Heidepriem was a Republican too. He switched his registration in the dark of the night back in 2003, then the next thing we know he’s a Democratic State Senate candidate (2006) and then the minority leader in the State Senate for Democrats; while his wife goes on TV in 2004 claiming to be a Republican for Daschle… In fact, when ever Scott speaks to a Democratic crowd all he ever talks about is Party history, but never philosophy, because he can’t relate to it….

Give me a break! Some Democrats are so manipulative in their politics that they lack a soul anymore……

Why should we support a LG candidate that supported the second coming of John Thune, a.k.a. Paul TenHaken? And why should we support as Democrats one who was president of the Downtown Rotary Club?…. Are you fire trucking kidding me?

#4 l3wis on 06.14.18 at 12:30 pm

le langhe – In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “And you want to be my latex salesman?”

#5 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.14.18 at 12:32 pm

I believe there will be a challenge to this nomination…. 😉

#6 l3wis on 06.14.18 at 12:37 pm

And I am guessing more than one 🙂

#7 Reliable Voter on 06.14.18 at 12:42 pm

No point in challenging without a willing replacement candidate.

#8 Reliable Voter on 06.14.18 at 12:45 pm

Poor voting record = the Selbergian maneuver. Not engaged enough to vote but manages to get elected over deeply flawed opponent and then dictates the participation of more engaged voters.

#9 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.14.18 at 12:51 pm

Well, this is getting ridiculous. Isn’t it a big enough joke that our current House and Gov nominees are pro life, when the Party by a healthy majority is pro choice?

Some of my fellow Democrats are members of the wrong party, but they don’t know it. Or, maybe they just like being a bigger fish in a smaller pond…

#10 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.14.18 at 12:51 pm


I am willing!

#11 l3wis on 06.14.18 at 1:54 pm

I guess she said in press conference she was pro-choice.

#12 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.14.18 at 2:04 pm

So was Heidepriem and his fellow Republican running mate, but what does that mean when the House and Gov nominees are pro life, that somehow makes it better?

What is going on here is a sequel to 2010 and the ticket sales for that performance were very lacking, and so will they be for this one. As Democrats we often criticize Republicans for saving Medicare in name only, well, the South Dakota Democratic Party has proven once again that they only care to save the Party in name only as well…

The question we must ask ourselves is, “What does it mean to be a Democrat in South Dakota?” Is it merely a political franchise which some get a hold of and do whatever the hell they wish too with it?… It’s like a McDonalds, accept when you get there, there are no Big Macs to be found because the franchise lacks any appearance of quality assurance….

#13 D@ily Spin on 06.15.18 at 9:50 am

Republicans are the majority. When looking for a Democratic lieutenant governor, one must import from Minnesota. Otherwise, you have to accept a two faced republican.