Secretary of State elect Jason Gant has hired former Dakota War College blogger Pat Powers as his Director of Operations. That's bad. Really really bad.
Kevin Woster over at Blogmore has a post about the appointment here. Contained in that post are comments from Sen. Stan Adelstein. I don't often agree with Stan. But I agree with him here.
Mr. Powers is a radical, religious right vicious name-calling bully with little or no respect for anyone other than those who believe exactly as he does. His blog is the reason this one exists. It was the name-calling and genuinely cruel spirit on War College that caused The Decorum Forum to be created. And, we've tried to maintain the position that however far apart we are on a political debate, we are able to discuss our issues here like civilized adults.
Former Forumpian moderator Bill Fleming, my friend Bob Newland and I have all slipped now and again. But we try. Powers took great joy in poking cruel fun at those with whom he disagreed. And, there is no evidence of which I'm aware, that he will perform differently in the Secretary of State's office.
I have absolutely no confidence whatsoever that Mr. Powers will dedicate himself to fair and honest elections in South Dakota. In fact, I believe he will do everything within his new-found power to do just the opposite. Plan on electioneering at polling places. Plan on churches who are also polling places being allowed to distribute propaganda and harass voters.
It is no accident that Powers' blog archives were sent to the big byte bucket in the sky prior to taking this new position. Even he knows that he has no business trying to do the job he's been given. This appointment is a very disturbing shame, and will do little to help Mr. Gant's credibility.