Republican South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth is calling for Attorney General Marty Jackley to remove himself from an investigation into possible state law violations on nominating petitions of candidates.
Last week Jackley confirmed the South Dakota Secretary of State passed on nominating petitions of U.S. Senate candidates to his office for investigation. Jackley, however, did not say which candidates are being investigated.
Bosworth has been the subject of two challenges to her nominating petitions amid allegations that she signed some of the petitions as a circulator but was out of the country on a medical mission trip during the dates when the signatures were actually collected.
On the Minnehaha County Courthouse steps Friday morning Bosworth said that Jackley was appointed by her primary opponent former Governor Mike Rounds and she believes he has a conflict of interest.
Bosworth wouldn’t say Friday if she was in the country at the time the signatures were collected simply saying that her campaign ‘released a statement’ on that issue. That statement from May 6th said, “We respect the process and look forward to the resolution of this matter.”
Jackley responded shortly after Bosworth's news conference with this statement:
“The Attorney General of South Dakota does not have the luxury of walking away from or taking a pass on tough issues. As I have publically stated, the Attorney General’s office has been asked by the Secretary of State to review several US candidate nominating petitions. Because it is a federal elected office, I have discussed this with US Attorney Brendan Johnson and we are both in agreement that any investigation into potential violations should not affect this election. The Attorney General’s office has not stated nor confirmed which candidates may be under review or investigation, and any announcement regarding the review from authorities will not even occur until after the election in order to better ensure that the people of South Dakota determine the election outcome.”