It has often been confusing to me over the last couple of election cycles sitting councilors have been hosting public fundraisers for challengers to incumbent councilors. I can understand that you may not like the incumbent you serve with and you certainly have a 1st Amendment right to speak publicly about it and even donate money to their opponent. But you do have to question the integrity and ethics of these councilors who will openly HOST a fundraiser that is challenging the incumbent, and using their official titles as councilors on the media promoting the event.

The irony is the incumbent is probably one of the most qualified city councilors we have ever had, working several years in the law offices of city hall. You also have to factor in their dedication towards open government and transparency. But what makes the other councilors (and three of the Mayor’s campaign GOONS, with a sprinkling of bankers, bonders and trusters) support of this candidate puzzling to me is that the incumbent has always been in lock step with the rest of the council on most issues, especially when it comes to development and growth.

So while she may still make it into the rubber stamp club on occasion, I think her questioning of the administration and especially their confused and inept legal counsel, it disqualifies you from the club, so they need a new member; A physician that has ZERO experience when it comes to planning, litigation and long term strategic planning. A perfect fit for the rubber stampers.

14 Thoughts on “Half of the Ethically Challenged Sioux Falls City Council hosts fundraiser

  1. D@ily Spin on February 12, 2022 at 9:07 am said:

    It just seems like councilors spend most of their time soliciting and campaigning. Their compensation is pittance. How does a 6 figure kitty justify a minimum wage? There must be major monetary consideration coming from somewhere else. The mayor decides everything with the council his puppet show. Do we need a council when there’s a dictator? A mayor can blow a half billion budget annually without a council and certainly without the public.

  2. Very Stable Genius on February 12, 2022 at 10:12 am said:

    Are any of the hosts not Republicans? If an ALEC meeting is unethical, then why not this fundraiser?

  3. "Woodstock" on February 12, 2022 at 10:16 am said:

    “A former governor’s relative, a lead banker in town, a state’s attorney, a media specialist, and a policy analyst for a right of center law firm”…. “That doesn’t sound too disturbing, huh?”… “What could they be up to?”….

  4. Very Stable Genius on February 12, 2022 at 10:21 am said:

    This isn’t a fundraiser. It’s a shake-down warning to anyone who plans to run for city office, now, or in the future.

    Should a state’s attorney be involved in a fundraiser? I know it involves a “non partisan” race, but the SA’s office isn’t, which only further proves my point. SAs should see their office like the way a judge sees their office and stay away from politics as much as possible.

    ( and Woodstock adds: “Ya, but what about current judges on the bench who used to be former GOP AGs?”…. “How do you reconcile that one?”…. #WelcomeToSD )

  5. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on February 12, 2022 at 10:22 am said:

    Wait a minute, where’s MP? Oh, that’ right, the one with the strings is usually not seen on stage.

  6. The Guy From Guernsey on February 12, 2022 at 12:52 pm said:

    “Are any of the hosts not Republicans?”
    Since this list and your question pertains to those in the Sioux Falls denizen of chamber-of-commerce cronyist politicos, I would ask that you and others apply the term “republican” (lower case r, enclosed in quotation marks) to reference this very purple group.
    Most on this list burnish their party membership credentials only as a facade and as a means of getting some among them elected to office.

  7. Oh yes, the spending RINO is the worst. They give opportunism a worse name. A true conservative is tight with the purse, while a RINO likes to spend the money of others. The politics of convenience is their Sugar Daddy. AND do they really ever put out for the common man and woman with any staying power, and doesn’t the convenience then merely turn into nothing but self-gratification?

  8. I am going to get a little personal. I feel sorry for the good doctor who was suckered into this by Greg. I often think that Bruce and I conducted one of the greatest city election campaigns in getting Greg elected. I still remember meeting him at our first strategic sessions. He did everything we instructed and not only did it work, he crushed it. He seems to think sometimes that his brilliance is what got him that seat. Bullsh!t. I remember how hard we worked on his strategy, his opponents had NO outs. Bruce worked the data I worked the message. If I ever have felt that I was backstabbed ever in my life, I look at Greg. He suckered us, BIG TIME. I look at it as water under the bridge, but he continues to twist the knife. Greg you can only do that for so long. Your candidate is going to lose, big time. Unfortunately it will hurt her practice and the reputation of her employer. If she had any smarts left, she would withdraw because the strategy we afforded to you, will be used against her, and she will realize what an empty suit you are.

  9. Mike Zitterich on February 13, 2022 at 4:55 pm said:

    What exactly did Greg did that upsets you, am I missing anything? He’s never changed, he does a great job if explaining himself, and he researches things thru.

  10. Archie Bunkeramp on February 13, 2022 at 9:35 pm said:

    Greg was against the new administration building before he was for it.

  11. My Mistake Mike on February 14, 2022 at 9:48 am said:

    Four sitting councilors actively campaigning and fundraising against an incumbent councilor. It’s middle school behavior, and bad optics at the very least.

  12. Very Stable Genius on February 14, 2022 at 1:17 pm said:

    “Four sitting councilors actively campaigning and fundraising against an incumbent councilor. It’s middle school behavior, and bad optics at the very least…”

    That’s right! It’s like the time when the RNC/NRSC and Thune brought Leader Bill Frist into South Dakota for a fundraiser when Thune was running against Daschle. That had never been done before, where leadership publicly tried to oust the other side’s political leadership, but that’s the GOP for you. #NoClass #PublicShakedown #DutchMafia

    ( and Woodstock adds: “Ya, and if Bill was a banker, he could call his bank: The Frist National Bank of Tennessee”… 😉 )

  13. vote 'em all out on February 14, 2022 at 2:49 pm said:

    neitzert has voted for every tax increase on citizens that has been placed before him, save one (midco rate increase). on the other hand, he has voted for every tax break for developers placed before him. in both cases, selberg, erickson, soehl, kiley and the clown show council members before them voted the same way. if you think that’s looking out for citizens, you are wrong.
    also, my experience with neitzert’s “research” is that it generally reinforces the position he has already taken, or probably more accurately, the position he was told to take.

  14. Very Stable Genius on February 14, 2022 at 6:25 pm said:

    “…. also, my experience with neitzert’s “research” is that it generally reinforces the position he has already taken, or probably more accurately, the position he was told to take…. ”

    Yes, and the pivotal or eureka moment, in my estimation, for this, was when he went from being against the administration building and then for it. #VichyPolitics

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