I met and talked with Thad and Michelle Wasson yesterday afternoon. We had cokes and burgers while Hannah, Vivian and Henry, their children, played. This is the family at whom about 90 percent of household product and electronic device ads are aimed.
Thad has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. House, the seat currently held by Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. The Republican Party of South Dakota has seemingly already crowned Secretary of State Chris Nelson as its nominee, something with which Wasson takes issue.
I went prepared with a few questions and was utterly charmed by Thad and Michelle, both of whom seem sincere, honest, friendly and smart. And likely to be disillusioned by how nasty politics will become for them if Thad appears to be a threat either to Nelson or, especially, to Sandlin.
Rather than actually parse my understanding of points of policy according to Thad in this topic post, I’ll just say that I found him to be quite reasonable on those policies we discussed, which included abortion, illegal drugs and Stan Adelstein. I’ll follow up with an extended email interview over the next few weeks and months. You can see his response to my first question, posed to him a few weeks ago, here.