I wasted a few minutes of my life last night listening to angry little Chad Haber insult about our soon-to-be-reëlected Attorney General Marty Jackley. In his recorded interview with SDPB, the Libertarian poseur defined irony by fretting that the purpose of the law is to "catch fraudulent snake-oil salesmen." Our neighbors who had to get the Attorney General to help them get refunds on fake raffle tickets that Haber sold them could tell us a bit about the snake oil Chad Haber sells.
Haber also made this galling statement: "Marty Jackley is a terrorist.... Stop the terrorism: vote for me."
Terrorist... as in using intimidation tactics to get what one wants? Is that like getting nose-to-nose with someone, pretending to know some deep dark secret about one's childhood, and then delivering an f-bomb laced threat?
Is that like using Senate campaign funds to create a video attacking a blogger who investigates your antics and issues a legal challenge of nominating petitions on which you and your wife Annette Bosworth committed perjury?
Is that like coaxing a $200K loan from a friend, then lawyering up to make it too costly for her to fight for her rightful repayment?
Or is that like this picture:
That's Chad Haber with local musician Oscar Batiz. Oscar is the former husband of LeAnn Batiz, one of the former employees whom Haber and Bosworth stiffed and attacked in the media. LeAnn divorced Oscar. LeAnn tells me Oscar isn't pleased with being divorced.
LeAnn tells me the truck in the photo is hers. She took it in for repairs last month. Oscar dropped by the shop before she returned and took the truck. Oscar sent LeAnn this grinning photo with the following caption:
Turns out you may be Getting reaquainted [sic] With an old friend since you will be spending time in the same place. wanna know more? call... [Oscar Batiz, text to LeAnn Batiz, fall 2014].
Unlike Chad Haber, I prefer not to get involved in divorces. I will only look at the photo and the text presented and suggest that the threatening, intimidating tone is pretty clear.
Unlike Chad Haber, I don't view words as mere tools that I can make to mean whatever I want to serve my immediate desires. Terrorist overstates Chad's manic attempts to bully others, just as it overstates any of AG Jackley's various sins in office.
But while Chad wheezes "Terrorist!" at the South Dakota Attorney General, he uses his own cheap intimidation tactics against anyone he sees fit. One can only imagine what Haber would do with the power the Attorney General if South Dakotans were foolish enough to vote him into that office.
Related: Chad Haber stands in violation of campaign finance law. As of close of business Thursday, the Secretary of State's office still had no pre-general campaign finance report on file for Haber's AG campaign. Pre-generals were due in Secretary Gant's office last Friday, October 24. Haber faces a Class 1 misdemeanor and $50-per-day late penalty. No wonder Haber lives in terror: he keeps doing dumb things could land him in jail (Class 1 misdemeanor can draw a year in the county jail and a $2,000 fine.)