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Batiz Letter Casts Doubt on Bosworth’s Veracity, Professionalism

Yesterday I highlighted the political significance of the letter Rep. Steve Hickey publicized from LeAnn Batiz, a former employee of Annette Bosworth who had to go on food stamps when Bosworth refused to pay her promised salary. That story matters because it exposes Bosworth's hypocrisy on food stamps, trying to score conservative points by likening food stamp recipients to wild animals while relying on food stamps to subsidize her cheating of her employees. Batiz also deftly refutes Bosworth's thesis that food stamps promote dependency: Batiz says that she got off food stamps immediately after quitting Bosworth's clinic and getting a job that paid on time.

The Batiz letter carries much more significance beyond the food stamps story. Batiz reveals a wide range of illegal, unprofessional, and unethical activities Annette Bosworth has relied on to get where she is today. Here are the highlights:

  1. We now have a fourth Bosworth employee on the record charging that Bosworth failed to pay wages due. Mathia Rall and Tanya Montgomery have taken Bosworth to court for back pay from 2012. Batiz says Bosworth cheated her from June to November of 2013. Bosworth shorted campaign worker Ethan Crisp $2000 this winter and still hasn't paid him (see Q1 2014 FEC report, p. 361). Batiz's letter further establishes Bosworth's pattern of using workers like slaves and feeling no obligation to pay them for services rendered.
  2. Batiz says Bosworth's story about selling a couch for gas money to make it to her campaign announcement in July is a lie.
  3. Batiz says Bosworth maintains "no separation between her professional business and her personal life." Batiz cites a political event held at a patient's house last Saturday as an example of those blurred lines. (For perspective, imagine the proper hue and cry folks would have raised if, while teaching in Spearfish, I had run for office and held a fundraiser at the home of one of my students, or if I took campaign-related phone calls while in my classroom.)
  4. Batiz says Bosworth further crosses professional lines by bemoaning her troubled finances to patients and getting them to "give them food, clothing, even a Christmas tree with more presents than the Haber boys have seen in years."
  5. On the raffle scams, Batiz says she witnessed Bosworth and Haber "laugh at the office about the raffle ticket holders whose money they spent without every considering giving it back."
  6. Directly challenging Haber's false accusation that I broke into his office last summer, Batiz says there is no locked desk.

Saying these things about Bosworth is apparently not easy for Batiz. Many people have kept quiet about Annette because they are afraid; Batiz kept quiet because she was a friend:

I have tried many times through text and phone calls to bring Annette around to reality; but, enough is enough. I am one of the many Christians and former friends/employees who have tried to bring her back to reality; who tried to believe that somewhere deep inside she is a good person. I, like many, only hoped that before she destroyed more people and herself and family completely, that she would just stop. But, also, like many, those of us they use and abuse reach a breaking point. I reached my breaking point when after asking for yet another apology, which someone who professes Christianity should do, which anyone for that matter, should do, instead, I got another slap in the face and so did everyone else who has had to use the program to feed themselves and their loved ones. She should be praising the food stamp program; it feeds her employees and keeps them around longer [LeAnn Batiz, letter to Rep. Steve Hickey, 2014.05.04].

The national backlash to Bosworth's food stamp memery may have little impact on Bosworth's fortunes. It may even boost her standing with among superficial martyr-minded Tea Party donors. But Bosworth's thoughtless parroting of such mean-spirited rhetoric has produced a very personal backlash that may have greater repercussions for Bosworth and Haber than anything Huffington Post may say about South Dakota's fraudulent Senate candidate.


  1. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.05.06

    Bos/Hab apparently have their own, personal reality which they like very much.

    Repeat: Her medical license and parenting behaviors must be carefully reviewed. Criminal actions need to be considered too.

  2. Doctor not Bricklayer 2014.05.06

    Among the many, many disturbing things listed in this letter was the following statement: "she asked me to start selling vitamin supplements to the patients to make up for my wages." I am not aware of any legitimate Internal Medicine practice that makes treatment recommendations based purely on profit instead of medical benefit. I am sure this is just the tip of the iceburg regarding many dubious practices taking place at "Meaningful Medicine" (you have done a nice job of illuminating her use of "transcranial magnetic stimulation depression therapy", Cory!). Any time anyone sheds some light into the nature of her practice, I see red flags flying!

  3. Bree S. 2014.05.06

    Probably spent too long personally testing said transcranial magnetic stimulation.

  4. Nick Nemec 2014.05.06

    I always thought the reason pharmacies are separate from doctor's offices is because it would be a conflict of interest for doctors to be profiting from the drugs they prescribe. It seems selling vitamins out of a doctor's office would be a violation of that policy.

  5. Roger Cornelius 2014.05.06

    A doctor selling or even promoting vitamins is odd, there is seems to be an ongoing controversy about the effectiveness of vitamins. Some true medical professionals may even call it selling a false remedy.

  6. Roger Cornelius 2014.05.06

    Now that Jackley is barely investigating and not planning to prosecute the corruption in candidate petitions, he can now kick back, put his feet on the desk, and read Ms. Batiz letter.

  7. Nick Nemec 2014.05.06

    Agreed Roger, they just give you expensive urine.

  8. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.05.06

    Whaaaat Nick?!?

  9. WestRiver 2014.05.07

    I've come up with a new name for them. Rather than everyone having to type Bosworth-Haber or Boz-Haber. We should simply refer to them as:

  10. Jim 2014.05.07

    If she comes in last in the primary, can I call em Chanette No. 5?

  11. mike from iowa 2014.05.07

    Charges against Bos need to go to the South Dakota Department of Redundancy/Redux. Just like wingnut pols,stuff goes in one ear and out the other since there is nothing in between to stop it.

  12. Nick Nemec 2014.05.07

    Deb, vitamin supplements give you expensive urine, the Bosworth-Habers give comic relief.

  13. grainofsalt 2014.05.07

    I have a question. Bosworth lists her campaign office as 2601 S. Minnesota Ave. suite 105-129. She lists a P.O. box 130 in Tea, SD also. The campaign office is actually the UPS store. 129 is another P.O. box. Can she get by with this?

  14. WestRiver 2014.05.07

    Him you may call them Chanette #5 lol

  15. WestRiver 2014.05.07

    Stupid phone. Jim. NOT Him

  16. grainofsalt 2014.05.08

    Annette is very likeable, and you find yourself almost wanting to protect her. She describes herself as a strong woman. She believes that the husband is the head of the family and she "must obey" her husband in all things, because that is Gods will. (I'm sure Chad has drilled this into her) She doesn't strike me as strong at all. Chad is strange, there is something very, very wrong with that man. Annette has several mental health issues and needs to be treated, but isn't getting any treatment at this time. (Chad wouldn't want that) This is one messed up lady with one screwed up husband.

  17. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.05.08

    Grain, did she really say, "must obey"? Does he believe in male headship? The 2004 Dr. Phil interview that CK provides shows Chad whining that Annette is bossing him around. Male headship would be a recent philosophical acquisition.

  18. mike from iowa 2014.05.08

    There is something terribly wrong with Dr Phil. It's his eyes,he's got crazy eyes. It's his persona,he's got a crazy persona. It's,it's.....he's got a crazy everything!

  19. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.05.08

    ...including, on March 16, 2004, crazy guests.

  20. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.05.08

    Oooooh. I get it now! Thanks Nick.

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