With our location it is easy to see South Dakotans involved in Iowa politics. Many local residents work or own businesses in Iowa, although that number continues to decrease.
One beneficiary has been Congressman Steve King. Donors have historically overlooked his statements. The Des Moines business publication once listed his 20 most outrageous statements and said they had to work to get it down to 20.
Politicans sought King’s favor both in and out of Iowa. Then-South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs received King’s endorsement in her unsuccessful run for U.S. Congress.
Two major things have occurred within the Republican party. First, King was stripped of all his committee assignments. Second, Liz Cheney, the number three Republican in the House, called for King’s resignation. Cheney’s dad is former Vice President Richard Cheney. For the first time King has strong opposition in the primary, led by State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull.
All politics are local. Regardless of what Washington does concerning Steve King, it will be up to the voters of the 4th District to decide whether to renominate him and reelect him. South Dakotans will have to decide whether to keep making those campaign contributions.