I heard about this earlier today without details, but then the storm hit, and I had a hot date with my wife to go out to eat. And now I’m getting to it.
A judge has deemed it worth to add State Representative Stace Nelson to the robocall lawsuit filed by Dan Lederman against the robocallers. As John Hult relates:
Stace Nelson, R-Fulda, was named as a defendant in a complaint from Sen. Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes alleging he conspired with conservative activist Dan Willard to produce robocalls that targeted state GOP legislators for their votes on veteran’s issues.
The newest version of the lawsuit also seeks monetary damages for those who received the calls.
Nelson, a potential primary challenger to for Gov. Mike Rounds in the upcoming race for U.S. Senate, maintained that the lawsuit and the criminal actions are political maneuvers.
Willard also has been charged criminally in Lake County for the robocalls, which did not include the names or addresses of those behind them.
Nelson says Lederman and his lawyer, Joel Arends of Sioux Falls, are “proxies for the Rounds and Daugaard folks” who are trying to silence the opposition by targeting them with little-used statutes.
“This is a page right out of Obama’s playbook,” Nelson said. “They’re using the system to target political enemies.”
Nelson’s involvement was revealed this Spring as part of the sworn testimony of Gary Dykstra, another activist named in the new complaint as a key player in the robocalls.