Tim: I’ll keep working hard

Tim: I’ll keep working hard

No one wants to be down by a big margin in a poll 12 days out.
But let’s keep it in perspective: lots of South Dakotans face long odds in life. It might be fighting cancer or trying to keep a farm or business afloat, or struggling with a loved one who is fighting addiction. They don’t stop fighting and anyone who knows me realizes that, just like them, I’ll keep working hard for votes until the final vote is cast.
I want to show South Dakotans there is a better way to run for office in this state than relying on big money donors, because that leads to representing monied interests over the people. My goal for our state and nation is to re-establish a place at the table of opportunity for every person again and to help every child have a fair shot at a decent life.
While these poll numbers show twice as big of gap as our internal polling has consistently shown, it does point to a key challenge: that while voters who know me have highly favorable views, almost two-thirds of the voters don’t know me well enough to have formed an opinion.
That’s a challenge I knew I faced entering this race without any political background or connections against a well-known career politician like Dusty.
I’ve purposely run a positive, issue-based campaign, drawing honest distinctions with Dusty – doing it respectfully. The biggest difference between us is this: I’ve refused to accept PAC, Super PAC and national party money while Dusty has benefited from over $500,000 in PAC and Super PAC money. I’ve refused this money because we will not see real change on issues that matter most to South Dakotans like affordable healthcare and reigning in an out of control budget until we start loosening the grip of special interests over our Congress.
So I offer a clear choice: If you are happy with the way Congress is working, I’m not your guy. But if you want someone who will work tirelessly for fundamental reform there, vote for me.