Steve Hildebrand, a former top staffer to the Obama campaign in 2008, says that he could potentially run against Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) in the Democratic primary — if she doesn’t vote for health care reform.
“I want to see how she votes on health care,” Hildebrand, a native South Dakotan, told CNN. “If the vote is very, very close and we lose it or come close to losing it, I will take a seriously look at challenging her.”
Hildebrand said he has not spoken to the Obama administration, nor to South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson or former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He said that if he does decide to run he will have a “conversation with them.” However, he added: “But I would not expect them to go against an incumbent within their party.”