Pat Powers of Brookings runs the generally conservative, generally Repulblican, unabashedly anti-Democrat blog known as Dakota War College. It’s one of the favorite spots for campaign and government insiders to visit regarding South Dakota’s politics. This year, he’s also unabashedly working in favor of Scott Munsterman, the Brookings mayor who is one of four candidates running for the Republican governor nomination in 2010. Sooner or later, the situation was bound to pose a dilemma. Well, it didn’t take long. Another blogger, Cory Heidelberger over at Madville Times, is calling Powers and his candidate Munsterman on the carpet. Here’s what happened…
Powers sent an email on Sunday morning addressed to other South Dakota bloggers including Heidelberg. The email was an invitation to interview Munsterman. It took Heidelberger all of 21 minutes to fire back in an email reply to everyone on Powers’ original invitation list. Here’s the exchange.
First, the original message from Powers:
Greetings Fellow SD Political Blogger:
In response to a question that Cory Heidelberger had of SDGOP Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Munsterman a short time ago, the campaign extended an offer of making Scott available to Cory for some Q&A time. I’m terribly remiss in not extending the same offer to all South Dakota Bloggers for a similar opportunity.
As I related to Cory, If you have a number of questions for Scott, PLEASE feel free to call the campaign at (605) 695.3926 and arrange an interview with him. He’s on the road quite a bit, so he’s got plenty of time to talk. All I’d ask is that you have more than one question. In fact, several questions would be great.
I can assure you that Scott is extremely accessible, and as you might guess from his book which you can download for free at ( http://www.munstermanforgovernor.com ) he’s not afraid to talk about his ideas for making South Dakota a better place. The book is about starting a conversation with South Dakota – and everyone is invited to ask questions, and join in the discussion.
If you’re not comfortable making the call directly, any of you are welcome to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’d be glad to facilitate it.
As always, if I can answer any questions, or assist you with any information on behalf of the campaign, please do not hesitate to ask.
Munsterman for Govenror
Here’s the reply from Heidelberger:
“Dear Mr. Powers and Fellow South Dakota Bloggers:
Thank you for the kind invitation and contact information for Candidate Munsterman. When I care to fulfill the condition you set that callers come with a prepared list of several questions for the candidate, I will avail myself of the opportunity.
In the meantime, Candidate Munsterman has my question about what practical steps he would take to back up his lofty rhetoric about the budget self-sufficiency he wishes to achieve for South Dakota. Where would he have found the $71 million dollars to plug this year’s state budget shortfall without accepting federal stimulus dollars? How does he suggest we reduce the state budget so we can send our share of spirit-sapping federal stimulus dollars back in FY2011? And what actions does Candidate Munsterman propose to fill the fiscal chasm that will yawn open again during the first year of the next gubernatorial administration when the stimulus runs out?
There, 3 is more than 1, right? If not, fellow bloggers, feel free to append my questions to your own lists when you call the Munsterman campaign.
Candidate Munsterman has had my original question available online on my blog and his blog since Monday, August 24. His campaign has been aware of said question since then as well, as evidence by his campaign manager’s comment on my blog on that same day. This is why I prefer written communication, since it is obviously taking Candidate Munsterman a heck of a long time to come up with an answer… and I hate to put people on the spot on the phone.
I look forward to hearing practical responses on the campaign trail from the “extremely accessible” Candidate Munsterman.
Cory Allen Heidelberger — Madville Times
And here’s the response from Powers:
I’ll respond privately to confirm the best number to call you at.
EXCEPT…they didn’t take it off-line. The debate is still running over at Madville Times. This kind of publicity probably wasn’t what the Munsterman campaign had in mind….