For all his dagger throwing and bombast, it’s a little known secret that Democratic Chairman Ben Nesselhuf actually got along with Tim Rave, the now former chairman of the Republican. The two had served in the Legislature and had a pretty good relationship.
How about the new GOP chairman, Craig Lawrence? I’m guessing it will be a more traditional relationship of antagonism between the two party heads. From Nesselhuf:
“Craig Lawrence is the perfect standard bearer for the South Dakota Republican Party. Mr. Lawrence understands the pay-for-play culture of state government better than most. He has leveraged political contributions into millions of dollars in no-bid contracts for his company. In short, he is an insider who will continue to make sure that taxpayer dollars wind up in the pockets of their political contributors.”