Last updated on 2014.06.22
We've had six solid meat-and-potatoes blog posts today; it's time for dessert.
Amid the comedy of the latest installment of her increasingly manic, scattershot publicity stunt, fake U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth refused to answer questions from reporters today about whether she was in the Philippines at the time that signatures were illegally gathered in her name last January. "I am not hiding it," Bosworth said, according to reporter David Montgomery. "I am trusting that the process works."
Let's review the crime quickly: Bosworth swore that she gathered petition signatures between January 5 and January 15. During that time, Bosworth was in the Philippines, where she could not have gathered the signatures she swore she gathered. Bosworth thus committed perjury on her petition to run for Senate.
Montgomery fails to cross the t in his article. While Bosworth adopts this lawyerly non-responsiveness, Montgomery could easily have helped show that Bosworth was telling the truth (that's news!) when she said she is not hiding her absence from South Dakota during the period in question. As I documented in April in my original perjury brief, Bosworth publicly documented her Philippines trip on her own website on January 5, January 8, and January 15. Her husband Chad Haber documented Bosworth's presence in the Philippines with this Instagram photo on Janaury 8. Chad further documented the trip in a series of Tweets from January 6 to January 15 (landing in Manila, safe in Philippines, in country, at airport, at dinner, in Tacloban, in Pasay, in Guam, over Honolulu).
Gee, Chad, maybe you should have tweeted in Tagalog so we wouldn't know what you were saying. But go ahead, Chad. Have Joey hit Delete. I have screen shots.
As if that's not enough, in her rambling, pathos-filled interview with Greg Belfrage on April 17, after persistent redirects from the host, Bosworth admitted that one of her petition signers "signed it while we were in the Philippines."
It's pretty clear Bosworth has already admitted she did not witness signatures that she swore she witnessed. The public record she herself created in January and April undoes the "vehement denial" Bosworth issued from the Minnehaha County Courthouse steps today. But because that Sioux Falls paper stops at Annette's baloney (admittedly plenty damning baloney: who hears a line like that and doesn't groan in disbelief?), I have to finish the story for them.
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Astute political readers will watch the video of Bosworth's noon theater and wonder why she staged this cheap event anyway. Why would any serious candidate hold a press conference to bring more attention to a criminal investigation against herself? Where's her campaign manager, who should be telling her to shut the heck up?
Well, Bosworth's campaign coordinator Daniel Freeman isn't going to be much help. He's not a politico who knows when silence is the right tactic. He's a graphic designer who thinks sex sells. On his business website, Freeman's logo is pursed red lips. His tagline is "Ready to get graphic? Having a successful business is sexy...." He drapes this tagline over a female model whose only visible clothes are a bandana and a bra. His portfolio as of yesterday bore a banner image of a woman's legs in sexy thigh-high nylons and high heels on a bed. Freeman cut the image off below the waist, showing just the edge of some scant pajama over bare curves. Since I checked yesterday, Freeman apparently decided to tone the portfolio header image down to a man checking his tie. But he has plenty of other leggy images objectifying women by (pay attention to the metaphor!) cutting off women's heads.
Freeman lives in the world of image and objectification, not effective politics... and Annette's performance today (why, yes, she was showing the cameras a bit of cleavage, hidden only by the script to which she was chained) shows Freeman's paltry, seamy skill set at work.
But hey, when you're not a real campaign, who needs a real campaign manager?
Now, back to my Bosworth-free weekend.