Friday | August 29, 2003
Janklow charged with manslaughter; GOP's dilemma
We knew it was coming:
U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow was charged Friday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a motorcyclist earlier this month.I can't imagine Janklow would stay in Congress, though the ego of a congresscritter can never be underestimated.
Assuming he resigns, SD will be the scene of a spirited special election, with Dems hoping to pick up a seat and momentum heading into the 2004 Senate race.
Stephanie Herseth ran a great race against Janklow, pulling in almost 46 percent against the wildly popular former governor. She should be a lock as the Dem candidate. The GOP can guarantee the seat for itself by running ex-rep John Thune. However, that would take him out of the running for the Daschle's Senate seat. And the state GOP doesn't have any more star candidates with a any prayer of defeating Daschle.
So Thune's dilemma will be either to preserve SD's at-large House seat for his party, or run a difficult and underdog race against the Senate Minority Leader.