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Bosworth Addresses Food Stamps, Employee Pay

May 13, 2014, 9:59 PM by Matt Holsen

Bosworth Addresses Food Stamps, Employee Pay

After catching heat for a Facebook post comparing those on food stamps to feeding animals in national parks, U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth wants help finding a solution. That was just one topic she covered during a wide-ranging news conference Tuesday.

The Facebook post from late last month criticizing the food stamp program has garnered a lot of attention for U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth.

"Almost immediately, I was targeted by the national media in a dishonest and word-twisting onslaught that tried to make it appear that I was attacking the poor when I was obviously criticizing the government welfare establishment that keeps people poor," Bosworth said.

While Bosworth says she was surprised to hear her name come up on the House floor in a speech from Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, she's not backing down from her efforts to decrease dependency on subsidies for food.

Watch McGovern's floor speech criticizing Bosworth

"If you thought your attacks could silence me, you don't know the Dr. Annette Bosworth. I'm the Obama administration's worst nightmare," Bosworth said.

On top of discussing food stamps, Bosworth also addressed claims from former employees who say they weren't paid what they were promised. She didn't address employees by name but had this to say about their performance.

"There is no question on my team that if you don't meet certain requirements, if you don't hold your own responsibility, everybody on my team knows that they get food and money before I do. They get paid first. When you're not holding up your responsibilities on the team, there's a trend that says they won't stay long," Bosworth said.

Former Bosworth employee LeAnn Batiz spoke out last week about how she didn't get paid what she was promised while working in Bosworth's clinic. In an effort to prove she met her job requirements on Tuesday Batiz provided KELOLAND News with a letter of recommendation Bosworth wrote for her in 2013. The letter can be read below.

During the news conference Bosworth also offered ways to make the food stamps program better and unveiled a new website where South Dakotans can submit ideas.

Batiz Letter of Recommendation.pdf

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