Excerpt from Howie’s run could cause Rounds headaches by Jonathan Ellis:
Gordon Howie is the new independent candidate, presuming he can cross the petition hurdle. So, potentially, the general election will have one Democrat, one Republican and two independents — Howie and former Sen. Larry Pressler — and a partridge in a pear tree.
If you live on the eastern side of the state, you might be saying to yourself: “Gordon Howie — where have I heard that name before?”
Howie served in both the state House and Senate representing Rapid City. In 2010, he ran for governor. Not as an independent, but as a Republican — the self-proclaimed tea party Republican in the race. As you’ll recall, the tea party was entering its first national election cycle. There was a lot of energy for Republicans, and they captured the U.S. House. For Howie, the only person so far in South Dakota to run statewide as a tea partier, the outcome was less resounding. He won about 10 percent of the vote in the Republican primary.
He didn’t leave politics behind after his defeat. These days, he runs a political blog, one that regularly scolds Republicans for being secret Democrats. If there had been a Sen. Gordon Howie in the U.S. Senate last fall, he would have been standing side by side with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, demanding that the government stay closed until the president and his majority Democrats agreed to scrap Obamacare.
Howie is not shrill. He comes across as evenly tempered, even gentlemanly. And he can belt out a tune. He has said that he will drop out of the race if Rep. Stace Nelson can win the Republican nomination for Senate. But that seems unlikely, given former Gov. Mike Rounds’ name recognition, popularity and fundraising success.