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Bosworth Lawyer: Bosworth Campaign a Waste of Time

Responding to news that Secretary of State Jason Gant has asked Attorney General Marty Jackley to review fake Republican Senate candidate Annette Bosworth's nominating petition, Bosworth attorney and official petition challenge spokesman Joel Arends says the Bosworth campaign really isn't worth our attention:

Patrick Davis, Bosworth's campaign manager, said Arends would be Bosworth's official spokesman on the petition challenge.

Arends also noted Bosworth is among candidates chasing the presumed favorite in the Republican Senate primary, former Gov. Mike Rounds.

"Why focus so much time on her?" he asked [Peter Harriman, "Gant: Bosworth Has Enough Signatures to Be in GOP Senate Primary," that Sioux Falls paper, 2014.04.05].

Please understand if I demur, just slightly, from Arends's rhetorical point. As the Bosworth campaign death-spirals into personal vindictiveness, this money-making scam deserves just a few more news stories, like the other crime-of-the-week stories that make the lead on KELO.

But Arends is basically right. Come June, if Bosworth's name remains on the ballot, 95% of Republican voters will validate his assessment and vote for someone else.


  1. mike from iowa 2014.04.06

    Where did you guys find this AG? Casper Milquetoast School of Indecisive Lawyer Wannabes? What do they want me to do with this mess? Oh,I don't know maybe see if any laws were broken. Isn't that your job? Maybe he played sports for money in college. You know-pass the buck.

  2. Bill Dithmer 2014.04.06

    "Generally, elections are the responsibility of the Secretary of State and county auditors," Jackley said. "With that said, we will look at this ... I can't tell you what we will do with it yet."

    Jackley also wants to hear from Bosworth campaign officials about their view of the limits of his investigating responsibility. He wants to hear from Heidelberger about how far Heidelberger wants Jackley to pursue allegations against Bosworth, and he wants to hear from his litigation team and DCI about whether they think potential fraud has been committed.

    "I also don't want to make a hurried decision without thoughtful input from all parties involved." Jackley said while the customary line of authority in elections is auditors, the secretary of state and circuit court if there are disputes, he is willing to listen to rationales from the parties in the Bosworth challenge on whether his office should or should not take a more preemptive role beyond what is customary.

    Do you mean to tell me that the states top lawyer "doesn't" know how to proceed?

    Either the signatures are valid, or their not. If not the petition is invalid. There is no grey area because the rules for gathering names, and submitting petitions, are in place and ready to be viewed and used.

    It's hard to believe the AG of South Dakota could be that stupid. After all, he went to law school, he passed the Barr to practice law in this state, and his actions seem to indicate that he knows how to read.

    So what's his problem when the rules are clear? Who knows.

    Our problem is the misappropriation of authority to a man whose sites are clearly on his next job. He doesn't want to piss the good old boys off or his present job would be his last in state government. But he also must say pretty words to give the illusion of doing his job.

    This brings to question, who exactly is Marty Jackley working for? The people of South Dakota, the governor, or his personal advancement up the political ladder.

    Maybe he could get by with these things if his name was Bill Janklow. But he has to face reality, Marty Jackley is no Bill Janklow. Thank god, he she it or the goat down the street, I want to cover all the bases.

    The Blindman

  3. Les 2014.04.06

    It appears those 5% will be taken, even if they must take a CH down to justify the response. That is an important part of the June event.
    This is another important battle. When the smoke clears, EB5 will be but a forgotten blip in the public awareness and dirty biz will go unrewarded by our obviously unsure justice system that can find a cash purchaser of a cell phone used in robo calls, with a potential $500 reward for those efforts but can't find the 30Mil cash from the fraudulent Epoch Star purchase.

  4. rick 2014.04.06

    Is Joel Arends being paid in raffle tickets?

  5. Flipper 2014.04.06

    Wow, Cory, it seems to me that you've gotten just a wee bit under their skin. That's quite a response they posted (paid for?).

  6. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.04.06

    Les, you raise a good point: the Attorney General worked awfully hard on the robocall case and knew exactly what statutes to apply in that investigation and prosecution. I won't presume to compete with such expertise, but I'm willing to help the AG in whatever way possible.

  7. Tim 2014.04.06

    Cory, if you really wanted to help the AG, you would hold the rug up for him. He wouldn't have to bend over to sweep this dirt underneath it that way. You can bet if Bosworth was a democrat, this would be going in a much different direction.

  8. Donald Pay 2014.04.06

    Thank Jackley, at least, for showing us just how ineffective and corrupt the system is in South Dakota. Here's what you can expect from Jackley and the rest of the South Dakota "justice" system: absolutely nothing.

    This fraud will be on the ballot through her fraudulent petition drive. And the fraud of an AG will do absolutely nothing. See, the laws are made for you and me, not for the fraud Bozworth and the fraud AG.

  9. larry kurtz 2014.04.06

    Brendan Johnson for AG.

  10. mike from iowa 2014.04.06

    With elected officials as competent as the ones in South Dakota,is it any wonder Rethuglicans constantly appeal to their lord and saviour to save them?

  11. Tim 2014.04.06

    Voters have a golden opportunity to flush the toilet in Pierre this year as almost every office is up for election, question is will they? I only wish more democrats were challenging, especially out west.

  12. mhs 2014.04.06

    Jeez,folks, he's a prosecutor! Of course he wants to hear what they have to say, that's what cops and prosecutors do: get you talking and let you hang yourself. Boz is already lawyered up, if Jackley comes out swinging, they'll call it a political vendetta (read what they said about the Medical Board's attorney) to justify their refusal to give any information and it'll go nowhere.

  13. Donald Pay 2014.04.06

    "Jeez, folks, he's a prosecutor."

    Eh. He's more than once outed himself as Republican prosecutor, primarily interested in forwarding the work of the national Republican agenda. All the Republican b.s. about rampant voter/election fraud, and the voter suppression legislation (including voter ID laws) in the guise of rooting out fraud. And then it happens right under their nose with the support of prominent Republican operatives and he wants to "talk" to "them."

    Hey. That's not the way to run an investigation. That's the way you handle the pampered elite.

  14. Paladn 2014.04.06

    Let's face it, at the polls many of South Dakota's citizens know not of the person running for office or the credentials they hold but only that they have an "R" after their name on the ballot. And you wonder as to why this state has severe problems. Progressives continue to believe that change in the status quo is a possibility; however, in light of the recent Supreme Court decision, can we possibly purchase the change?

  15. Disgusted Dakotan 2014.04.06

    Somebody raises a good point over at Rounds propaganda central (SDWC). How is it Joel Arends is involved in his supposed tax-exempt Veterans charity (that he put out a campaign announcement for Bosworth's Philippines trip) and involved with Dan Lederman's Rushmore PAC which is supporting Rounds? None of that can be legal?

  16. larry kurtz 2014.04.06

    Visitors to DWC remind me of spectators at a sewage leak.

  17. Roger Cornelius 2014.04.06

    Ryan, that was really profound.

    It is Bosworth that won't win in the long run.

  18. grudznick 2014.04.06

    Mr. Cornelius, the young Dr. Bos would not have won even if Mr. H was out there in Oregon being her biggest supporter. It was one of those fait accompli things. Mr. H is just trying to bring a premature end to our entertainment.

  19. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.04.06

    Ryan, quit throwing playground taunts and say something substantive. Start by defining "win." I'm not the one running for office.

  20. Flipper 2014.04.06

    It's laughable that Ardends would make a point to say in his response that you don't live in South Dakota while the vast majority of Boz's fundraising has come from out of state. And she's hardly running for a local office. We all have a vested interest in every single U.S. Senate race across the country.

  21. Flipper 2014.04.06

    I meant Arends.

  22. Bree S. 2014.04.06

    Cory is too strong-minded for you Ryan. You're just making yourself look silly.

  23. Bree S. 2014.04.06

    It's unbelievable that this guy Arends gets to be a lawyer in South Dakota while other more principled lawyers get in trouble with the obviously self-serving state bar.

  24. grudznick 2014.04.06

    Flipper, Mr. H does indeed have a vested interest in every senator of the US no matter where he lives. But no matter what Mr. H does the young Dr. Bos is not going to be the next junior senator from South Dakota.

  25. mike from iowa 2014.04.06

    Don't allow the enemy to define anything. Cory wins because I say he wins. 'nuff said!

  26. mike from iowa 2014.04.06

    If the forces of darkness(Bosworth's side) wins,the terrorists win.

  27. grudznick 2014.04.06

    Obama and Mr. Fleming control the forces of darkness in this state.

  28. mike from iowa 2014.04.06

    They also count blank lines within the numbered,filled out lines as sigs.Yikes.

  29. Donald Pay 2014.04.06

    Ryan is right. The laws do not apply to the Republican elite. In South Dakota, they never have, and never will. I saw that plainly with the sewage ash scam and a lot of the other stuff that went on. The laws they pass in South Dakota are meant to keep them in power, nothing more, nothing less. The stuff Rounds did with EB-5 and the packing plant is just business as Republican usual. The stuff Bozworth did is fraud, but it's Republican fraud, so that doesn't matter.

  30. Lynn G. 2014.04.06

    Has anyone heard anything from the other candidates for Senate besides the temporary circus sideshow regarding Rounds? DWC is going to exploit this circus big time to bait and distract from Rounds and whatever vulnerabilities he may have. Why wouldn't he? Tactically it makes total sense.

    I'll register as a Republican to vote in the primary to try and do what I can there but vote for either Dem or Independent candidates in the general.

  31. PlanningStudent 2014.04.06

    Mike from iowa.. That administrative rule is only for the 5% random sampling of initiative and referendum petitions, not candidates. And it makes total sense to count the blanks in that case. You count the blanks as part of your total and if the one is randomly selected it is then obviously not counted as a legitimate signature.

  32. Lynn G. 2014.04.06

    Sorry let me clarify. The temporary sideshow circus is the Bosworth campaign. Has anyone heard anything new from the other Republican Senate candidates in their attempt to distinguish themselves from the front runner Rounds?

  33. Les 2014.04.06

    ""I'll register as a Republican to vote in the primary to try and do what I can there but vote for either Dem or Independent candidates in the general."" But, but, Lynn, won't you get branded "traitor"? You won't last! ;~) I'd remember, vote the best of the R's, not just the weakest as SD has a tendency to elect R's.

  34. mike from iowa 2014.04.06

    Planning Student-from what I could find by going through the SD election code(all 364 pages) the sampling applies to election petitions as well. We'll have to disagree on whether the blanks are actually counted until I can re-read 5:02:08 section of code.

  35. Roger Cornelius 2014.04.06

    Out of curiosity I checked Bosworth's website today and am wondering whether she is running for God or the U.S. Senate!

  36. Rorschach 2014.04.06

    Planning student is right, Mike. By its own language that administrative rule applies not to candidate petitions but only to petitions for initiatives, referendums and constitutional amendments.

  37. Rick 2014.04.07

    Bosworth's antics are Wadham's bright shiny object, intended to distract us from the real story in this Senate election. Here's a refresher from today's RC Journal and writer Joe O'Sullivan, titled "Chinese investors in failed S.D. beef plant may be biggest losers, receiving no visa or refund."

    This is news. The Bosworth freak show is doomed to self-destruct. Let's not let Mike Rounds and his appointees in the Governor's Office of Economic Development off the hook.

  38. Donald Pay 2014.04.07

    I see Boz and Rounds as two examples of what end-times Republicanism does to the political system. The two scandals simply show the worst of the client-patron nature of corrupt Republican rule.

  39. Lynn G. 2014.04.07

    Hey Rick thank you for posting that RCJ link! It's great to see some of the state's press still keeping this EB-5/Slaughterhouse scandal in the news for voters. Hopefully someone can uncover more about what happened. If you posted this over at DWC more than likely it would get deleted as I've seen a few posts already deleted that counter the latest cheer session for Rounds.

    One thought that is probably overlooked is that our reputation as a state to invest in or even for tourism has been hurt in China or South Korea. They are both well networked over there in social media and with their booming economies and rising individual wealth we could miss some opportunities as a result of the EB-5 fiasco.

  40. Ryan Gaddy 2014.04.07

    My view is strictly that Republican omnipotence is always going to overshadow democrat operations like a steaming volcano. You can't fight a volcano, you just get buried in the ashes and become part of the rubble. South Dakota's "Good ol Boy" system has always been like that. . . No candidate is more "pure" than any other . . . As "Bible Thumper" as the Republican party in the 605 is. . . You right republicans. . . You are fighting God. . . and God is ALWAYS RIGHT. . . There is no "Other Gods" . . . Just one. . . and the Republican brainwash is about being as infalable as God in EVERYTHING THEY DO. So I maintain, Cory will not win with blogger instigations and calling the media to cover his outcry. They regard you as a bitter, butthurt democrat with an axe to grind. Need I say more? Either align with the Republican agenda and change what it means, or get buried as a democrat by the republican "HOLY WAR" machine. ;)

  41. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.04.07

    Ryan, are you thus serving that machine by helping beat down those who would resist? Are you saying you accept such domination? Why further enable the message of those in power? Why not fight?

    I can fight a volcano. People working together can fight a volcano and win. Didn't you see the movie?

  42. Ryan Gaddy 2014.04.07

    Movie Cory. . . Fiction. . . You cant fight a volcano

  43. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.04.07

    Metaphor, Ryan. Don't be dense. Fighting superior forces and winning has many historical precedents, like the American Revolution and Vietnam.

  44. Ryan Gaddy 2014.04.07

    That is why WE (SDAP) will overturn Cannabis Prohibition.

  45. Ryan Gaddy 2014.04.07

    So. . . Maybe quit spitting mud and start being positive

  46. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.04.07

    You are so tiresome, Ryan. The whole "Be positive" happy scolding makes no sense when you are talking identifying real problems with candidates and with public policy. I give you facts about the Bosworth campaign, facts about apparent violations of law and ethics, and you just shrug and say "be positive"? That's an avoidance of real problems.

    My goal is not to "be negative." My goal is to call out lies and charlatans, expose corruption, identify failings in public policy, and propose solutions (like vote for different candidates and implement different policies), with the ultimate goal of making South Dakota a better, more just place. What's your goal?

  47. Ryan Gaddy 2014.04.07

    My goal in cannabis legal reform in South Dakota. I will do ANYTHING I HAVE TO DO TO MAKE THAT A REALITY. Including joining a team that opposes my mission openly. I am rooted in so many sectors of 605 society with a grudge going back to childhood. Reference the movie V FOR VENDETTA if you really want to know my goals in a METAPHORIC WAY ;)

  48. Ryan Gaddy 2014.04.07

    Does Rick Weiland support Cannabis? Im going to ask him at 2pm today.

  49. larry kurtz 2014.04.07

    Ryan: get with Bob Newland and see if he will let you post at The Decorum Forum where it enjoys a feed in Madville's sidebar. Cory: why won't your filters let The Forum or ip's url appear in the comment box?

  50. Bree S. 2014.04.07

    Remember that Obama opposed gay marriage in 2008, Ryan. Think about it. You'd do more to help your cause if you shut up.

  51. Jenny 2014.04.07

    Cannabis legalization in SD would be a long shot, Ryan. Minnesota legislature is having trouble legalizing just medical marijuana since Dayton is siding with the anti-drug police force. Its an unpopular stance for him since most Minnesotans (including the democrat majority legislature) support cannabis for medicinal purposes. I do think the cannabis issue will evolve like gay marriage and hopefully Dayton will change his stance on it.

  52. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.04.07

    Oh, great, politics based on pot and a childhood grudge. I am not encouraged. Your politics may be as big a waste of time as Bosworth's. No wonder she appeals to you.

  53. Ryan Gaddy 2014.04.07

    Indeed. Things are already changing fast. South Dakota is going Legalized . . Very soon

  54. Ryan Gaddy 2014.04.07

    @ Cory, your response to my "Childhood Grudge" statement shows EXACTLY how much you value the youth of South Dakota. Screaming at kids . . . What does that get you? FIRED. Same fate stands for candidates that dont get in touch with young voters...

  55. Jenny 2014.04.07

    Oh Ryan, what is with you? I would have loved to have had Cory H for a teacher. You know, some students are not angels, and raising your voice to prevent discord and bullying is something I'm not against.

  56. Nick Nemec 2014.04.07

    Geez Ryan, "V for Vendetta" and childhood grudges? Stop trying to be cute and tell us what the hell you're talking about. People prefer straight talk to subterfuge.

  57. Nick Nemec 2014.04.07

    Straight talk is a rare and precious commodity in politics.

  58. Ryan Gaddy 2014.04.07

    And a cheap cell phone provider ;)

  59. Bree S. 2014.04.07

    He's just as nuts as Haber and Bosworth.

  60. grudznick 2014.04.07

    Yes, Mrs. S. Mr. Nelson is insaner than the young Dr.

  61. Bree S. 2014.04.07

    Generally betraying your own and working for the enemy is what makes people insane. Which is probably what your problem is.

  62. grudznick 2014.04.07

    You wouldn't believe how hard Mr. Rhoden is laughing this afternoon. He's laughing very hard.

  63. Bree S. 2014.04.07

    I think Fleming is laughing harder.

  64. grudznick 2014.04.07

    No. I think if you call him you'll see what I mean.

  65. Bree S. 2014.04.07

    Lol. Seriously Grudz. Remember when Rhoden voted against adding a statement "the exploitation of unauthorized aliens is an unqualified evil" to the Republican Platform?

    Because I do and human trafficking is a big problem, a horrifying problem, in South Dakota.

  66. Bree S. 2014.04.07

    Surely you're not stupid enough to think Howie would step aside for Rhoden. No wonder you always lose.

  67. Roger Cornelius 2014.04.07

    This is the same Ryan Gaddy that on a previous thread on Madville attempted to tease us with he knew Bosworth's stance on legalized marijuana, but when pressured refused to answer what her position was. When asked repeatedly why he would not share Bosworth's pot opinion, again he ran away.
    This kid has been sadly duped by the Bosworth campaign, thinking that running on tea party talking points is a legitimate campaign and further believing that a right wing radical like Bosworth is going to support legalized pot.

    Perhaps God hasn't gotten back to her on what she should do, Ryan. Is that why you won't reveal her position?

    Not having ever used marijuana, but a long time supporter to legalize for numerous reasons, your childish campaign is causing me to re-evaluate my position. Sorry Newland!

  68. grudznick 2014.04.07

    Yes. Mr. Howie somehow always comes out the big winner. That bossturd!

    Mr. Newland, I have decided that I am going to follow Mr. C's lead on your marijuana issue. How he goes, I go, but I will still call you out for not being forthright and saying you want it legalized to toke up for fun. Admit you toke for fun, Bob. Is that what you young folks call it? Toking?

  69. Roger Cornelius 2014.04.07

    Thanks grudz, now you have your thinking cap on.

    Mr. Newland needs to take the young Ryan Gaddy to the woodshed for a serious heart to heart on pot legalization.

  70. Lynn G. 2014.04.07

    Yeah Ryan Gaddy is hurting rather than helping the cause they way he is going about it. I previously had no problem voting for legalization but with this guy's conduct here on madville and especially at the news conference today I'll gladly be against it. He is just re-enforcing the negative stereotypes.

  71. Ryan Gaddy 2014.04.08

    How am I enforcing those "negative" stereotypes? Because I asked a question?

  72. Nick Nemec 2014.04.08

    Because you act like a crazy guy Ryan.

  73. Roger Cornelius 2014.04.08

    Since you were bold enough to ask Rick Weiland about legalized pot at the press conference, will you share that same boldness in asking Bosworth her position of pot?

    Or, if you know Bosworth's stance on pot already, will you share that position?

  74. G-Man 2014.05.22

    Grudz, we got our own Dr. running for Senate. I can tell you this, she's not on board with "Cover Oregon," and the Democrats are running away from the failed healthcare exchange. I've lived here for almost 2 years and the Cover Oregon debacle makes South Dakota's EB-5 scandal look like child's play. $248 million dollars down the drain and this epic failure has already led to a Federal Investigation. Stay tuned...

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