EB-5 scandal is not a winning issue. It is not an issue that the average South Dakota family cares about. It is an issue that deserves scrutiny. It is an issue that should be ignored. I am glad that many of the South Dakota papers are talking about it the lack a true investigation into the matter, but lets not allow this to become the Democrat's Benghazi. (Although difference between Benghazi and EB-5 is that Benghazi was fully investigated.)
District candidates need to hyper-focus on the issues like the teacher shortage that was ignored by the GOP and increasing the minimum wage. Those are two issues that each and every citizen (Democratic, Independent, and yes, even Republican) can understand. When students return to school in a week or so and have no teacher or are struggling to get classes because the school can find or afford enough staff, they are going to want to blame someone.
Parents in Aberdeen are going to want answers, parents in Rapid City are going to want answers, parents in Alcester-Hudson are going to want answers. Parents in Tripp-Delmont, Baltic, Yankton, and everywhere are going to want answers. The SD GOP has been clear on their position about supporting education and now it has come to roost.
The other issue must be the minimum wage initiative. The GOP is clearly opposed to this, but independents are significantly for it. As the most recent survey showed, 62.2% of independents support the minimum wage increase. That is huge and if the democrats can connect themselves to the minimum wage, they can make some headway.
I am not naive. The Democrats have a lot of work, but to make a gain, they will need to play it smart and focus beyond the small base in this state. Education and minimum wage must be the focus, not EB-5.