POSTED BY BOSWORTH FOR SENATE ON May 15, 2014 Share
Sioux Falls, SD, May 15, 2014– Some people have told me that in South Dakota, there's an unspoken rule about so-called 'negative ads.' Instead, political negativity is doled out in the form of retribution by those in power or in whisper campaigns, conducted one whisper at a time.
Obviously, Mike Round's record is fair game. The story we're reminding viewers of in my new TV commercial has been covered in the news.
But Mike Round's involvement in the tragic story of Joaquin Jack Ramos's killing of Debbie Martines and her unborn baby in front of Martines's children also has a deeper meaning. Even though Rounds scrambled to make amends after he began to get bad press, his commutation of Ramon's sentence remains inexplicable to this day. Hopefully, this ad will finally bring Gov. Rounds to fully account for his actions.
But what happened to the Martines family shows how people in South Dakota can get crushed by the insane system created by the political powers that be. That’s one reason that this tough but fair ad resonates with me. Gov. Rounds was supposed to be the people’s advocate. It is unconscionable that their voice was muted by the political agenda to commute the sentence of Joaquin Jack Ramos.
I’m running for US Senate because when I needed an advocate, one stepped up: Bill Janklow. As I have traveled South Dakota, I hear story after story of how Bill Janklow was the peoples’ advocate. I learned first hand what happens when the call of the people goes unanswered. Currently the people’s advocate is void. I want to be South Dakota’s advocate and create a political system that’s fair, compassionate and sane.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Martines family.
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