Mike Rounds, are you really this bad of a candidate?
Rounds... said in written statements to the Government Operations and Audit Committee last week that “the governor’s office was not served” with lawsuit papers regarding the state’s handling of the EB-5 program.... Rounds, a Republican, was governor at the time of some of the program’s mismanagement.
But Rounds on Thursday sent a letter to the head of the committee asking for permission to change his original response hours after the Rapid City Journal posted on its website a summons showing that Rounds’ office was served with papers pertaining to the lawsuit in July 2009 [links mine; "Rounds Says Wrong Information Sent to Panel Investigating EB-5," AP via Aberdeen American News, 2014.10.03].
Are you kidding me? You have the longest-running, best-funded statewide campaign in South Dakota, you get caught in a lie, and you whimper, "Can I change my answer?"
Rounds is running an Annette Bosworth campaign. He seems to be running on charisma, thinking he can just turn on the charm and make everyone think he's sliced bread. He's not used to people asking him questions, let alone having to answer questions honestly and in detail.
When Rounds received the committee's questions last month, he could have racked his memory and looked up the facts. Rounds could have called Nila Novotny—she still works for the Governor's office—and asked her to check the records. Rounds could have had his lawyer and a couple campaign researchers review his GOAC answers for accuracy. Rounds could have done his homework, gotten his facts straight, and given GOAC the accurate answers they deserve.
Instead, Rounds ignored basic fact-checking and focused all of his energy on writing lengthy political snark into his answers. Rounds wrote as if the inquiry were just another campaign event and not a serious request from a Legislative committee for simple, factual responses. Rounds wrote as if he could just say whatever popped into his head because he's a wonderful guy and no one would dare contradict him.
And now Rounds has to contradict himself. Mike, what kind of a campaign team do you have that lets you get into situations like this?