South Dakota Public Broadcasting
By Charles Michael Ray
October 29, 2012
A South Dakota GOP video attacking U.S. House Candidate Matt Varilek is going viral on the internet. Media outlets from the Washington Post to The Christian Science Monitor have weighed in.
The Varilek campaign says the ad is backfiring against incumbent Congresswoman Kristi Noem in the national press. But the South Dakota GOP says they’re proud of the ad and hope it gets more hits.
The ad alleges that Matt Varilek is a radical environmentalist and seems to criticize him for studying abroad. The ad also calls Varilek to task for a National Corn Dog Day party he held in Washington DC. Some on-line respondents to the ad charge that it makes South Dakota Republicans look unworldly. Varilek’s own campaign is actually promoting the GOP ad and helping it go viral. Varilek says it’s strange the GOP is criticizing his overseas study that was paid for by a scholarship from the Yankton Rotary Club.
“When Kristi launched this attack she probably didn’t do her research to realize that it was a South Dakota organization that allowed me to go abroad and study Economics so I think she’s has a little egg on her face over this,” says Varilek.
Varilek says campaign contributions are coming into his office due to the ad. Campaign officials for Kristi Noem differed comment to the South Dakota GOP who sponsored the Ad. Tony Post is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Republican party.
“We’re proud of this ad and we’ve gotten a ton of great feedback on it,” says Post.
Post says the ad shows that Varilek is out of touch with the state.