Team Bosworth-Haber evidently figures South Dakotans aren’t smart enough to handle their checkbook or their advertising. Team Bosworth-Haber has to hope South Dakotans aren’t smart enough to see through their medicine show.
He can correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m betting he didn’t have quite the same reaction in 2012 when Matt Varilek hired a Washington, D.C. company to produce his anti-Kristi Noem commercials.
UPDATE: Cory chimes in in the comments:
Touché — I have no excuses for Varilek’s ad choices. I do, however, resist any comparison between Varilek’s campaign and character and the Bosworth-Haber medicine show.
C-SPAN producer Craig Caplan digs up this video, of Rick Weiland speaking to the 1996 Democratic National Convention. It’s brief, and reflects the same sort of liberal populism Weiland focused on yesterday. (Unfortunately not embeddable.)
Meanwhile Pat Powers at the South Dakota War College has two of Weiland’s 2002 campaign commercials:
On Saturday, Matt Varilek pledged to unilaterally run only positive ads for the rest of the campaign. After some back-and-forth with the Kristi Noem campaign, Varilek’s campaign manager David Benson said this applied to radio ads, too. Even though a radio ad attacking Noem was airing on Aberdeen radio, Benson said that was in the process of coming down.
“The buy was made, the radio ads were placed prior to last night’s debates. With it being the weekend, there’s a process in place to have that removed,” Benson said.
That process appears to be an exceptionally slow one. When I called Dakota Broadcasting, an Aberdeen radio company that aired the ad, late this morning, they said the Varilek campaign hadn’t made any request to pull the ad.
"Nobody has talked to me about it," said Joel Swanson, general manager of Dakota Broadcasting.
Swanson said Varilek was at their studio Saturday morning around 9:30, about three hours before he called me to announce he was going positive. Varilek didn’t mention anything at the time, Swanson said.
"I just thanked him for spending some bucks with us," he said.
Benson did not respond to a call for comment today.