As you can read by clicking here, Dusty Johnson will be Gov.-elect Dennis Daugaard’s chief of staff.
It’s a surprising announcement, given that Johnson, of Mitchell, just won re-election to the Public Utilities Commission and will now leave that post. It’s also surprising given Johnson’s assumed political aspirations. Chief of staff has always been a behind-the-scenes type of position, so it’s not usually a job for people who want to someday hold higher office. A case in point is Dave Knudson, who was chief of staff for Bill Janklow and went on to get crushed in his bid for governor. Another case in point is pretty much every other chief of staff in history, because you probably can’t name any of them off the top of your head.
What do you think about this announcement? Is this a good move or bad move for Dusty?