Annette Bosworth lost the Republican US Senate primary in South Dakota this week, but she may be headed to an even bigger loss, after state authorities charged her with multiple counts of perjury and filing false election documents.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has charged Bosworth with 12 counts in total, claiming that she lied about gathering voter signatures when she was really on a Christian mission trip to the Philippines. Bosworth’s arrest warrant came just a day after she was crushed in the Republican primary, receiving just 6 percent of the vote.
“The election complaints received by the Secretary of State involve conduct that is serious, deliberate, and must be addressed in order to preserve the integrity of our elections,” Jackley said in a statement. “Because this is a federal elected office, I have and will continue to discuss the investigation with federal authorities.”
Bosworth vowed to fight the charges, calling them a “political intimidation scheme” headed by Jackley, who was appointed to his position by former Governor Mike Rounds. It was Rounds who won Tuesday’s GOP primary.
“We still believe this is a political persecution,” Annette Bosworth said.
Allegations of Bosworth surfaced a few months ago after a liberal blogger and conservative state lawmaker questioned the legitimacy of some petitions. The state’s Department of Criminal Investigation claimed that Bosworth attested to gathering signatures in January when she was actually on a medical mission trip to the Philippines. Residents listed on the petitions claimed that Bosworth was not present when they signed the document.
This is not the first controversy for Annette Bosworth. She also faced reports that she failed to pay wages promised to employees. The post, titled “Today’s Lesson In Irony,” noted that:
“The food stamp program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They proudly report that they distribute free meals and food stamps to cover 46 million people on an annual basis.”
“Meanwhile, the National Park Service, run by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us ‘please do not feed the animals.’ Their stated reason for this policy being that…
“The animals will grow dependent on the handouts, and then they will never learn to take care of themselves.”
“This concludes today’s lesson- any questions?”
After the warrant was issued for her arrest, Annette Bosworth turned herself in to the Minnehaha County Jail and was immediately released.