I don’t know of any lawmaker who gets picked on more than state Sen. Frank Kloucek, D-Scotland. It happened this week when Pat Powers derided Kloucek on Powers’ South Dakota War College blog.
I like Powers’ blog, and he’s probably right in saying that a lot of Kloucek’s legislation gets shot down. But people who constantly criticize Kloucek tend to overlook the fact that, somehow, he’s managed to get himself elected to the Legislature through every election since 1990. He’s been serving, either in the House or Senate, for the past 20 years consecutively.
So it seems to me that when pundits criticize Kloucek as being an incapable legislator, they’re also criticizing his constituents. After all, if Kloucek is really that incompetent, you’d think his constituents would have figured that out sometime during the past 20 years. The fact that they’ve kept him in office so long can only mean one of two things: Either they’re too dumb or disengaged to recognize Kloucek’s faults, or they don’t think Kloucek is nearly as bad at his job as his critics say.
I don’t believe that Kloucek’s District 19 constituents — who live in places such as Armour, Parkston and Springfield — are stupid. I also don’t believe that any politician, no matter how politically adroit, can trick people into electing him every two years for 20 years straight.
Perhaps the people of Kloucek’s district like the fact that he’s an atypical lawmaker. There certainly must be something about him that keeps people voting for him year after year.