Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Candidate night at Surbeck

I managed to catch a bit of the candidate's event at Surbeck Center tonight between a board meeting and a school meeting. It was really very face to face but the format left a bit to be desired: each candidate gets 2 1/2 minutes speech, then on to the next candidate.

I really enjoyed hearing from the Dems. I wish I could have been there the whole time. What was interesting is the Republicans like Mike Buckingham and Don Van Etten for some reason didn't proudly parade us with 1215, probably because a lot of people are mad about it.

I have to say, if I hear another Republican incumbent tell me how hard it is get things done in Pierre, how the legislative process is far more complicated than people think, I think I will scream.

My favorite Republican candidate moment was when Bill Napoli whining about what had been said about him on the web. As if the now famous video interview isn't outrageous and embarassing to people who live here. Bill also complained that he has traveled 50,000 miles around South Dakota and was having trouble getting people talking to him about Amendment D.

Hey, Bill, there is a reason you have had trouble getting responsible people to back Amendment D: it's a very BAD idea. If you don't believe me, ask anyone who is about 30-40 years old that went to high school in California in the wake of Prop 13. We really want that here? Not.


  1. Anonymous02:39

    I sat near you during the event tonight, and noticed you were being a bit childish in your smirking. I'm not a Republican or a conservative, but I was able to make it through the night without laughing whenever a candidate said something BS. I wasn't the only one who noticed this....two other people pointed it out when the event ended (you left before it finished, after a pretty loud laugh).

    Also, I don't think Napoli was whining about the stuff on the Internet about him....he was making a joke. And while his comments were asinine at best, what they did to him with that cartoon giving out his phone number was mean and dirty, regardless of whether or not you agreed with him.

  2. billnapoli08:34

    price you have no idea how tired i am of gutless wonders like you. your cowardly attacks reflect the lack of spine you have.its no wonder you wont talk to anyone face to face. you have to buy new underware every time you do.what a peice of work.

  3. Dear anonymous,

    Thank you for the honest and frank comments on my behavior at the candidate night.

    I apologize for my behavior, it was inappropriate, and I am sorry that I apparently distracted some people from an opportunity to meet the candidates from both parties. I realize that my childish -- that's a good word for it -- behavior did not reflect well on myself, but more importantly did not reflect well on my Party. I pledge to do better in the future.

    ps I hope this set of comments proves that I only moderate comments (hold comments for approval before publishing) to filter out spam posts--I am definitely for a candid and open exchange of ideas on this blog.

  4. Anonymous22:59

    Well I am impressed, thanks for the acknowledgement of err.....I think you may have set the new standard for all the SD bloggers (left, right, and center) who are behaving like children. Way to set things right.

  5. Sorry Curt, can't leave this one alone.

    I'm so glad that anonymous set a new standard for decorum in this area. It was refreshing. I'm just puzzled why anonymous would use this forum? Was it truly constructive criticism? I think not. It was insulting and condescending at best.

    Since everyone seems to know you, why not just a "heads up" privately?

    So you disturbed the ambiance of another silly (hence your spontaneous reaction) dog & pony show. You naughty boy.

    Maybe that is what is needed around here is more spontaneity and less decorum, like Bill exhibits.

    After reading Bill's comment, I'm very surprised anonymous did not address his continuously insulting demeanor. Oh, that's OK, he is only joking.

    Now you bad boy, enough chastisement for now. Next time take me along so I can monitor your questionable behavior.