Since it’s a slow week for politics, I wanted to share a little blast from the recent past that a friend from South Dakota sent me. Before you watch this video, you might be interested in the backstory.
Annette Bosworth, a physician who has a small malpractice in Sioux Falls, was a candidate in the Republican primary for Senate. To call her the Tea Party candidate is almost giving her credit for a level of coherence her campaign never reached. If you need evidence of that, here’s the reply her husband gave after being challenged over Annette posting pictures of herself in a Che Guevara shirt:
“Say what you want about ‘Che.’ My wife looks hot in that shirt!”
In addition to the writings of Che, Annette also failed to grasp South Dakota election law, which requires that a petition-gatherer swear under oath that they witnessed the signatures on a nominating petition. According to the felony warrant sworn out against Annette [pdf], she was on a mission trip to the Phillipines during the time that six petitions that she swore she witnessed were collected.
Not one to flinch from being cast as the victim of a crime she committed, Annette decided to hold what has to be one of the most gaudy shitshows of a news conference that’s ever been committed to video. The whole thing is here. My first reaction to it was “where did that crazy lady find a place in South Dakota with so much graffiti?” but it turns out that Annette and her staff decided to create their own graffiti wall populated with names she’s been called on the Internet. If you can manage to sit through a few minutes of the opener, you’ll probably be able to understand the gist of Annette’s indictment of all those who are against her–they are bullies. Well, as usual, local media is much smarter than DC media, and after Annette blabbed away for a while, she was dumb enough to take questions. The video at the top is from a local TV station, who helpfully captioned how reporters were able to get Annette to admit that she did indeed sign the petition, even though it’s not clear that Annette understands what she was signing.
This week, Annette appeared in court and pled not guilty to charges that could get her 24 years in prison. It looks like Unit E of the South Dakota Women’s Prison might be getting its very own Crazy Eyes.
(In case you’re feeling sorry for Annette after reading this, here’s her take on how Food Stamp recipients are like wild animals.)