Jackley, Johnson may provide glimpse into our political future

Reading The Associated Press story today on Wednesday’s ribbon cutting at the Capital One credit card contact center in Sioux Falls, I was struck by this list of attendees:

Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune, Rep. Kristi Noem, Attorney General Marty Jackley, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether and Capital One U.S. Card president Ryan Schneider were on hand for the ceremony.

The one that sticks out like a sore thumb is Attorney General Marty Jackley. Why in the world would the attorney general need or want to be at a ribbon cutting for a credit card office in Sioux Falls?

I can think of only one reason: He wants to be governor (or senator or representative) really, really, really bad.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that. Just thought it was an interesting observation. You didn’t see Larry Long at these kinds of things when he was attorney general.

Meanwhile, South Dakota’s U.S. attorney, Brendan Johnson, hosted a civil rights conference earlier this week.

Could these two events be offering us a glimpse into South Dakota’s political future? If so, what an interesting glimpse it is. Johnson, a Democrat and son of one of the state’s most successful politicians (Sen. Tim Johnson), is making his mark on a typically Democratic issue, civil rights. And Jackley, a Republican, is aligning himself just as a Republican would be expected to, on the side of big business and job creation.

I’ve always thought both of these men have designs on higher offices. What a race it would be to see these two charismatic prosecutors square off. I have no idea if it will ever happen, but it’s interesting to think about.

4 thoughts on “Jackley, Johnson may provide glimpse into our political future

  1. Marty Jackley is one of the best people I have ever known. In elected office or otherwise.

    My guess is that he was already in SF and stopped by because he was invited… Lots of times that happens.

    I might wonder why exactly Noem, Thune were their when Johnson seemed to be the one who did the work on this issue. You would have thought it would be Daugaard and Johnson who were the only ones there if it was not a photo op.

    • Maybe in your stylebook. Everywhere else in the news and polticial world, it’s shorthand for attorney general. I guess it could also stand for Andy Gibb, but it doesn’t.

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