Last updated on 2015.03.27
...or, as Lee Schoenbeck will remind us, dog bites man...
Illegitimate U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth and campaign disastermind Chad Haber appear to have broken another law in circulating Bosworth's nominating petition. Here's the story an eyewitness tells me:
On December 24, 2013, Dr. Bosworth and her husband Haber invited two of her patients to spend Christmas with them at Bosworth's parents' home near Plankinton. (Doctor has patients sleep over for Christmas—um, boundaries?) Along the way, they detoured far off I-90 to go to a Hutterite colony about 40 minutes from Plankinton.
Bosworth and Haber met with the colony's head man, a Mr. Hofer, and his wife. They discussed the Senate campaign and the circulation of petitions. They handed Hofer an envelope of petitions, pulled some forms out, and discussed procedures for filling them out and returning them to Bosworth's office. The petition sheets were exactly like those received by other circulators, with the information at the top, including Bosworth's signature on the declaration of candidacy, filled out.
Notice that the declaration of candidacy bears Rodney E. Fitts's notarized statement that this oath was sworn before him on January 1, 2014. That notarized oath is necessary, because South Dakota law says no one may circulate a nominating petition for the statewide primary before January 1 of the election year. The Secretary of State clarifies that the declaration of candidacy CANNOT be signed before January 1 of the election year. That declaration, dated January 1, 2014, and notarized by Rodney E. Fitts, appears at the top of all 227 petition sheets submitted by Bosworth, including sheet #9, which was circulated by Robert Hofer on January 8 by 20 residents of the Lakeview Colony at 28748 386th Avenue, Lake Andes, about 40 miles south of Plankinton.
If my eyewitness's observations are correct, we have two crimes here:
- Bosworth and Haber circulated Bosworth's petition before January 1, 2014, violating SDCL 12-6-4.1.
- Rodney E. Fitts falsified the date that he notarized this petition, which should at the very least, per SDCL 18-1-2, forfeit Fitts's $5,000 bond meant to guarantee the "faithful discharge" of his duties.
Bosworth's premature circulation of her petition further proves the ab initio illegitimacy of her candidacy.