District 9 is in Sioux Falls and Hartford. This will be one to watch especially with Deb Peters who is in denial over Gear Up and the bigot Mike Clark.
Rep. Peters towed the party line on the state budget, the voter feeds on reservations, & South Dakota’s ‘good business climate.’ Rob consistently emphasized that he wants to be senator for all of District 9, focusing on education, trimming the fat in the state’s budget, and keeping good, high-paying jobs in South Dakota.
Though it’s not specific to District 9, one spectator’s question asked how candidates felt about Indian country in South Dakota. Rob’s answer was cogent & to the point, acknowledging the complex problems our neighbors on South Dakota reservations face & the need for practical solutions. Rep. Peters ignored such complexities, saying that Native Americans on South Dakota’s reservations were “genetically pre-disposed” to many of the problems they face such as alcoholism and diabetes.
She even reiterated it later in her response, (i’m paraphrasing) essentially saying that part of the solution for problems facing our reservations is working w/ Native Americans to make them aware of the problems they’re genetically pre-disposed to.
Knowing the history of our relations with American Indians in this country and the ways in which some settlers used alcohol as leverage to exert power over their Indian neighbors, I was taken aback by Rep. Peters’ statements.
This in particular, along with Rep. Peters repeated refusal to acknowledge the failings of current budgeting practices in Pierre, demonstrated for me that Rob is the clear choice for District 9 Senate.
While I have often thought of Peters as your typical do nothing Republican in Pierre who is simply there to protect her own interests as a business person, I never knew she was so insensitive to Native Americans, and what is so surprising is she would show that prejudice in a public debate. But I guess nothing should surprise me anymore, and we will see if our ‘diligent’ local media covers it. Doubt it. Republicans in our state say stupid shit all the time and their supporters love it.
Sioux Falls, SD — District 9 Senate Candidate Rob Wilson has challenged hisÂ opponent, Rep. Deb Peters, to a public debate after Peters skipped the forumsÂ sponsored by the Argus Leader Editorial Board and the League of WomenÂ Voters. The debate will be held at 5PM Friday, October 29th, in Sioux Falls at theÂ MariCar Community Center, 400 N. Valley View Road.Â On October 14th, 2010, Wilson spoke with Peters to discuss the possibility ofÂ having a debate somewhere in the district. After trading calls and emails forÂ over a week, Peters responded in an email October 24th that Friday the 29thÂ would work, going so far as to say, “Anyway – if you still think you can pull off thisÂ debate, I will be there.”Â Wilson said, “Talking with voters throughout District 9 has made me realize just how much voters want to be heard when it comes to issues they care about.Â Voters in District 9 deserve to have a candid conversation with their candidatesÂ for State Senate. It would be a shame for voters to get cheated out of theirÂ chance to grill us side by side.”
I find this a little humorous, but not surprising. This is the normal game Republicans play when they are ahead in the polls, avoid confrontation. Why? Because they have no solutions, and they hate to be questioned about solving problems. Oh, and they are weasels.