Last updated on 2015.03.20
Patrick Davis finally did the public some good this week by joining the ranks of those debunking Annette Bosworth's constant stream of vengeful and distracting public lies. Interestingly, Troy Jones says Davis erred both in agreeing to work for Bosworth's fake Senate campaign in the first place, then speaking up against his former client.
Davis's price for selling his soul for nine months was at least $36,952, according to payments thus far documented in Bosworth's FEC reports. That price apparently did not include keeping Davis's propaganda for Bosworth around. Last September, Davis put out a supposedly heartfelt appeal for contributions to Bosworth's vanity fund. He even invoked his wife in his pitch, saying "JoAnn and I have slim discretionary income but we've committed $500 to this effort."
Having fulfilled his contractual obligations to Bosworth, Davis is free to put as much distance between himself and the alleged felon as he wishes. He can keep or delete whatever content he wants on his own websites. But Davis's lucrative yet unsuccessful association with Bosworth will hang around his business neck. Davis signed on to represent a candidate whose media forays, philosophical inconsistency, and shady business practices had already made clear she was a nowheresville candidate. He charged this fake candidate nearly $37K, swore to her conservative bona fides, promised "to do everything I can to help Annette get elected," and delivered 5.75% of the GOP primary electorate. That's not the sort of advocacy I'd want on my political consulting résumé.
Davis will catch heck no matter what he does. I don't think he deserves heck from Troy for pointing out a former client's bad-faith lies about her former lawyer. But I'd give him less heck if he'd own and apologize for his role in perpetrating Bosworth's national political fundraising scam.
That singular, stand-above-the-crowd, candidate is Annette Bosworth. She has the grassroots support and professional credentials to unite social, economic, and national security conservatives behind her candidacy, serve South Dakota and represent you and your family with honor and integrity. We can trust Dr. Annette Bosworth to do this job for us [Patrick Davis, "Please Help Dr. Annette Bosworth," fundraising pitch, 2013.09.17].