Skip to comments.Ex-S.D. Senator: Comeback Bid Based on ‘Idealistic Concept’ (RINO runs as Independent)
Posted on 11/26/2013 2:18:14 AM PST by ClaytonP
If he runs at all, former Sen. Larry Presslers, R-S.D., bid for Senate as an independent wont look like your traditional campaign.
He said his campaign is running on an idealistic concept in a Wednesday phone interview with CQ Roll Call. Pressler, 71, referred to a famous line by William F. Buckley about his third-party bid for New York mayor in 1965.
If I win, I might demand a recount, Pressler told CQ Roll Call.
Pressler wasnt even his own first choice to run, but everyone hes spoken with about it has declined to step forward. Asked if he would be hiring a campaign manager or consulting team, Pressler said no.
It would be a non-conventional campaign, a very low-budget,” he replied. “I dont know if Id be able to hire anybody.”
It’s unclear how much heartburn an underfunded, former Republican who backed President Barack Obama in 2008 would cause for the GOP, which is currently favored here especially with national Democrats still in search of a top-tier candidate. But Pressler hopes his campaign would serve as a conversation-starter and at least influence the debate in the race for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson a top pickup opportunity for Republicans.
Most of all, Pressler said hes disturbed by the paralysis of the political system and the inability of Congress to strike a grand bargain on the budget.
He strikes a remarkably nonpartisan position on the budget for someone who boasted a fairly conservative voting record in his last term. Pressler is confident Americans would be willing to pay a little bit more in taxes or give up some social programs to forge a budget agreement.
Most people are talking about this and writing books and articles, but some people have got to start running for office as an independent, he said. I think this would serve a great public purpose.
After serving four years in the House, Pressler in 1978 became the first Vietnam veteran elected to the Senate and went on to serve three terms. Johnson defeated Pressler by 2 points in 1996.
A Rhodes Scholar and Harvard-educated attorney, Pressler said hes spent a lot of time teaching overseas since leaving Capitol Hill, including in China, India, France and Italy. Hes kept a home in South Dakota, where hes currently spending the semester teaching at the University of Sioux Falls.
Pressler will decide whether hes running by early 2014. Republicans already in the race include former Gov. Mike Rounds, state Sen. Larry Rhoden, state Rep. Stace Nelson and physician Anne Bosworth.
The only Democrat currently in the race is former congressional aide Rick Weiland.
The race is rated Lean Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Apparently, Larry’s “idealistic concept” is keeping that seat in democrat hands.
I wonder how much $$$$$ he’s getting from the DNC...
Excellent question. The Rats are so much better that the GOP at winning at any cost.
I think someone needs to start a “Democrats For Pressler” campaign. Might muddy the water, or at least be a wee bit closer to actual honesty.
Or do they have some pictures of Larry smiling while he is standing behind a small pony
Two disqualifiers right there, if you ask me.
I guess some RINOs’ beds just weren’t feathered enough. A 71 year old who still hasn’t got enough. Geez....
all primaries should be closed.
all states should have sore loser laws.