Well, the Draft Brendan effort didn’t take long

Just 24 hours and 24 minutes after his dad, Tim Johnson, took the microphone and announced he won’t seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014, there is an organized effort to draft Brendan Johnson to be a candidate for the open seat. Heading up that effort is Ryan Casey of Sioux Falls, the Lincoln County Democratic chairman. Brendan is the U.S. attorney for the district of South Dakota.

Others who have put their names on this effort are Ann Tornberg of Beresford; Sylvia Oothoudt of McCook Lake; Thea Geotas of Rapid City; Darlene Weis of Sioux Falls; Vincent Gormley of Sioux Falls; Ann Lamer of Brookings; Shirley Lautenschlager of Rapid City; Jerry Bartels of Vermillion; and Jackie Beilke of Sioux Falls.

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

One thought on “Well, the Draft Brendan effort didn’t take long

  1. Ambiguous

    I don’t think he has a snowballs chance against Rounds.

    I hope he’s the Dem candidate for US Senate because the GOP wins.

    Keep SHS on the sidelines Brendan!!!

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