Some People Get It, Some Don't
Jackley's approach is the exact opposite of Noem's. When it comes to willingness to reach out and seek some counsel from beyond the perimeters of state government, Marty Jackley isn't so convinced of his own decision-making prowess as to ignore the value of private sector expertise. He puts it succinctly: "Government doesn't have all the answers. That's why as governor, I would make it a priority to work with citizens across South Dakota. . . we will not hesitate to use volunteer commissions or task forces." What Jackley will do, Noem won't. A contrast can't get much starker.
As a registered Independent I won't be voting in the Republican primary. Readers of my blog and column know that I have strong reservations about both candidates. For example, I'm still waiting for Attorney General Jackley to provide us with a timeline and flow chart explaining how all that EB-5 money went poof a few years ago. As to Noem, I want an explanation of how she went to D.C. as a "Tea Party"-admiring deficit hawk and then entered her last year in Congress by voting for a tax bill that will add $1.9 trillion to the national debt, a figure computed by the Congressional Budget Office. Chances being that I'll have to settle for nothing by way of explanation on either score, those matters might as well be put aside--for now, anyway. Meantime, Republicans pondering their choices in the primary just got a picture window-sized view into the political souls of their two gubernatorial candidates. I wonder how the many South Dakotans who over the years have served voluntarily on "boards, commissions and blue ribbon task forces" feel about Noem's disdain for their value should she become governor. Her insularity doesn't suit a state where "Under God, The People Rule." Jackley's got it right. The more citizen involvement and input, the better.