South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth spoke out about food stamps last week - now one of her former employees is firing back.
Bosworth is running for the Republican nomination and compared the dependence animals develop when they are fed at national parks to the growing dependence on the food stamp program.
That stance is not sitting well with a former nurse who says Doctor Bosworth didn't pay her enough to feed her family.
LeAnn Batiz used to support Bosworth's run for U.S. Senate; she was even standing in the front row at Bosworth's campaign announcement last July. It was just two weeks after she started working for the Sioux Falls physician, but Batiz no longer supports her former boss.
"Someone who I can't trust to pay her employees I don't want to be making decisions for me in Washington," Batiz said.
Batiz quit working for Bosworth as a Certified Nurse Practitioner in November. Batiz says Bosworth agreed to pay her a salary of $80,000 a year. The official contract is with Batiz's attorney, but she showed KELOLAND News a letter from Bosworth's Meaningful Medicine Clinic.
"I did not get paid what I was promised or enough to survive," Batiz said.
Batiz moved from Pierre to work for Bosworth. She showed KELOLAND News her pay stub Thursday and she was paid just over $10,000 after working for Bosworth for nearly six months.
"Ten-thousand in almost six months. Almost six months, so you figure that out and that turns out to be about $24,000 a year. That's a long way from $80,000 a year," Batiz said.
Batiz says she was shorted so much that she had to go on food stamps to feed her family, and Bosworth's office helped her enroll. It's the same program Bosworth has criticized.
"But instead says, 'Hey, I want you to keep working for me. I don't want to have to pay you. Instead we'll help you get on welfare,' and then to turn around and say people who are on welfare are bad people, people who are on welfare are dependent people that was just the end," Batiz said.
Bosworth said last week she is not opposed to food stamps but is opposed to the abuse of the program. Bosworth's attorney Joel Arends declined to comment on Batiz's statements Thursday.