Bill Dougherty

Bill Dougherty, a true South Dakota political legend, died Sunday. Dougherty was lieutenant governor from 1971-74, back in the rare days when Democrats dominated South Dakota politics.

Dougerty challenged his boss, Dick Kneip in the 1974 Democratic gubernatorial primary and was crushed as Kneip breezed to a third term. Dougherty didn’t run for office again but became a highly effective lobbyist.

He was always a political insider, serving as South Dakota campaign manager for all three Kennedy brothers and serving as a key adviser to Sen. George McGovern during the 1972 presidential campaign.

What do you remember about Dougherty, a handsome, charming Irish Catholic politician who made a name and a career for himself in South Dakota?

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