Skip to comments.Senate race may include primaries [Daschle-Thune]
Posted on 01/10/2004 1:50:27 PM PST by JohnnyZ
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Tim Giago, a publisher of newspapers for American Indians, said he will run against Sen. Tom Daschle for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.
"My basic reason for running is that for the past 50 years, the Indian vote on the Indian reservations has been taken for granted in this state," said Giago, 69, an Oglala Lakota and editor/publisher of the Lakota Journal in Rapid City and the Pueblo Journal in Albuquerque, N.M.
Last month, Lakota Media Inc., owner of both publications, was sold to the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
Daschle welcomed Giago to the political arena and spoke positively about him.
"I have known Tim for more than 20 years and have respect for him as a community leader and a businessman," Daschle said Friday. "I have applauded his efforts to encourage reconciliation in South Dakota."
On the Republican side, former U.S. Rep.John Thune announced Monday that he will challenge Daschle.
Thune also may face a primary challenge. Bert Tollefson, a Watertown native who has been living in Arizona, said late last year that he would run in the Republican primary.
Tollefson, 73, also ran in the Republican House primary in 2002 where he received 1 percent of the vote.
Information from: Argus Leader
Related comment: it'll be interesting to see if the Daschle primary is a lovefest or not.
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