Incumbent South Dakota Republican fears Democratic surge

In a campaign fundraising email to supporters this week Senator Reich Mike Rounds (earth hater-SD) said he believes the Democratic blue wave is building momentum even in my home state and that "South Dakota could be the sleeper race that delivers Democrats a majority in the U.S. Senate." One of the least effective members of Congress, Rounds didn't even vote Thursday on the confirmation of Rep. John Ratcliffe as the Trump Organization's director of national intelligence.

Former Governor Rounds was elected to the US Senate with cash from the Kochs’ National Federation of Independent Business. The so-called “Americans for Prosperity” is a Koch-soaked dark money group with an agent in Sioux Falls. South Dakota's GOP legislators and candidates enjoy millions in lobbyist benefits from the Kochs and their American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC.

Rounds says he wants a federal investigation into allegations of antitrust violations by packers and for Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (MCOOL) to be passed but welfare ranchers are frustrated that the Senate resolution Rounds supports is toothless. Recall COOL was repealed during the second Obama term by Republicans to shield American commodities from scrutiny because every ag product, meats both wild and domestic not grown organically in the United States and South Dakota is contaminated with atrazine, neonicotinoids, glyphosate, dicamba, DDT, mercury, lead, cadmium, PFAS, E. coli, Shigella, Legionella plus other toxins and pathogens.

Rounds just played the cancer card as he released a video pimping his stricken wife and pleading with doubtful supporters to continue funding his crusade toward a second term. Rounds, who bragged he could build a $9 million war chest in 2013 has less than $2 million in the bank today. That makes him a bald-faced liar.

In her bid to drive Rounds onto the ash heap of history upstart Republican primary contender Scyller Borglum has appeared with Governor Kristi Noem to raise awareness of youth art in South Dakota.

Rounds is being challenged in the general election by Democrat Dan Ahlers, a Dell Rapids businessman and former state legislator. Ahlers has yet to unveil his roadmap to legal cannabis.

I’m a twenty year volunteer for DSCC, DCCC and DLCC charged with South Dakota as a territory but nobody in those organizations believes a Democrat can win any statewide race in the red moocher state. The only reason 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton got any SDGOP crossover votes whatsoever is because Kristi Noem is loathed by almost half her caucus. Vote margins in the other statewide races proved that. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Brendan Johnson or Bernie Hunhoff would have done at least as well.

Photo: Rounds poses with morbidly obese Brookings-based blogger Pat Powers.

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