Steve Hickey brings us some silliness this evening from East of the River:
Mike Huether a step toward Sioux Falls becoming a haven for gays nationwide?
A fascinating, and only recently disclosed "detail," is that former Obama campaign genius Steve Hildebrand is Sioux Falls Mayoral candidate Mike Huether's campaign manager. Who are we kidding, Hildebrand has never even hinted that he gives a rip about Sioux Falls economics. To quote the Washington Post a few weeks ago… "[Hildebrand] is especially frustrated about the lack of progress on gay rights". It's well established that he's all about gay rights and gay marriage and now gay adoption. And, good for him. I wish him well. Yet, friends tell me he's been heard on a conference call to have said something to the effect that he aims to see Sioux Falls become a gay-friendly mecca. Maybe he didn't use the word mecca, but the idea was that our city would become a place where homosexuals nationwide could come and live openly.
Shocking. Everyone in Sioux Falls treating each other with dignity and respect. Good Lord, I hope we don't see THAT in our lifetimes.
I'm sure if Steve makes it into the Legislature, he will do all he can to take as much dignity away from LGBT South Dakotans as he can.
I love this one too:
I do want an explanation from Mike on what "progressive" means to him in the context of Sioux Falls becoming even more of a family-friendly city. You can't have strong communities without strong families.
Mr. Hickey does not get it at all, does he. Strong families welcome all their members, even the members of the family that just may be (or are openly) LGBTQ.
And he wonders why Democrats, the real family-values party, are as a group more likely to support Huether than this opponent Kermit "Dr. No" Staggers, who is (according to the Argus) famous for often casting the only dissenting vote on City Council. (Yup, Kermit will build bridges in Sioux Falls for sure.)
Badlands Blue has a great take on the Sioux Falls mayoral race tonight:
[Since Stagger's supporters] can’t convince normal people that Kermit is normal or capable of being mayor, so their only hope is to destroy Mike's solid reputation.