When Will Legislature Hold Special Session to Expel?

Rep. Lance Russell, R-30/Hot Springs

Rep. Lance Russell, R-30/Hot Springs

Here's another one Dakota War College won't touch: Representative Lance Russell (R-30/Hot Springs) has been publicly censured for illegal activity as state's attorney of Fall River County in 2008. The multiple wrongdoings took place prior to Russell's taking his seat in the state House of Representatives, but they include political abuse of his position as state's attorney to gain that House seat. Russell refuses to acknowledge his wrongdoing ("I was married to my job and my duty," he whimpers) and may appeal to the Supreme Court.

Lance Russell may not be Ted Klaudt, but he's a step or two above former State Senator Dan Sutton. GOP bloggers had a field day raking Sutton over the coals for sensationalized allegations of homosexual hanky-panky that drew censure from the Senate but never resulted in any legal action. Our state Supreme Court has now gone on record saying Russell broke the law and violated the public trust.

State Legislature, you have among you a representative who abused his public office to gain entry to your hallowed hall. Your integrity is at stake. Where are the calls for a special session to upbraid and perhaps expel this lawbreaking member?