Brian Walsh

Although to the good people of the Mount Rushmore State she boasts herself as a fiscally-responsible Democrat, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s record in Washington is anything but. She proudly supported the $787 billion failed stimulus package, voted for the most fiscally irresponsible budget in history, and voted to sell more debt to countries like China by raising the national debt ceiling by a staggering $2.2 trillion – supporting Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda 92.1% of the time. Finally, echoing one of the precipitating reasons for the downfall of Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) in 2004, Herseth Sandlin has been overwhelmed by questions on whether it is appropriate to have a husband who lobbies her fellow Representatives - which naturally raises concerns given the reckless nature of this Democrat Congress. With a record like this, it’s not surprising that Herseth Sandlin has trailed Kristi Noem in the polls for two straight months. In fact, just this morning, Real Clear Politics changed their rating on this to “Lean Republican”. 

Unlike Herseth Sandlin, who was a DC resident much of her adult life before moving home just to run for Congress, Noem lives and breathes South Dakota. When tragedy struck, Noem left college to help run the family farm because she knew it was the right thing to do.  Conservative and genuine with deep roots in South Dakota’s agricultural community, Noem is everything Herseth Sandlin pretends to be but is not. Actively running her family business for almost twenty years, Noem raises Angus cattle on her ranch near Castlewood. The recipient of awards such as Young Leader for the state of South Dakota, Noem has served on various committees and is heavily involved in her local community. She stands for traditional Republican ideals and conservative values, such as limited government, job creation, and strong moral standards.

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is willing to do whatever it takes to keep this seat, which will be tough since even Democrats are unhappy with her performance.  During the healthcare debate, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer had to come to her rescue to help her avoid a primary challenge.  In return, Herseth Sandlin vowed to never vote to weaken Obamacare – a promise she kept when she recently voted to maintain the bill’s individual mandate.

South Dakotans deserve better, and this fall they have the chance to elect a Republican who will bring a steady, responsible voice back to Washington and effectively represent their needs and interests. I hope you will visit Kristi’s website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook to stay informed on the latest news and updates.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.