In case there was any doubt, let's hear straight from the candidate, Dr. Kevin Weiland:
I have authorized friends and supporters across the state to circulate petitions on my behalf as an independent-Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the June Democratic primary.
I am a lifelong resident of South Dakota, born and raised in Madison. I am an Internal Medicine Specialist and health care advocate. My wife Laurie and I live in Rapid City with our three children.
For too long, Washington has been broken. The influence of big money in politics and the power of corporate lobbyists have damaged public policy and what is right for the people of our state and nation. In the recent debate on health care reform, millions of dollars was spent by insurance companies making PAC contributions to members of Congress, handed out by the very lobbyists trying to sway their votes. It’s one of the most egregious examples of why we need to rid big money from politics and implement stricter rules on the nearly 14,000 registered lobbyists in Washington. I’m ready to take on these fights in Congress on behalf of the people of South Dakota.
My immediate priority is getting the 1200+ signatures that are legally required by March 30. I realize that this may be hard, but I have never walked away from a challenge simply because it looked difficult [Kevin Weiland, press advisory, 2010.03.24].
Yup, it's on. Madison friends, get ready to hear some door-knocking! Stay tuned....
...and don't just sit there; get a petition! Sign! Make it happen!
Update 16:05 CDT: via Badlands Blue, Steve Hildebrand says Weiland is ready, too. Looks like Hildebrand has found a way to hold SHS accountable for her Blue Doggery after all. This promises to be an energizing primary!
Update 17:35 CDT: Bill's right! CNN thinks Weiland is big news. Let's get some reporters here renting cars and buying sandwiches! :-)
...and by the way, Mitchell readers, Rod Hall wanted me to let you know you can come over to his place to sign for Weiland if you like. Rod said give him a call or come see him later Thursday or through Friday at his house: 1424 S. Miller, Mitchell, SD.