The dead line for pre-election financial statements was October 22. Four of the five candidates manage to get their reports in on time. Kevin Crisp waited until November 8 to turn his report in, A full six days after the election. Was he trying to hide something?
Kevin Crisp did run in the primary election as an independent. (I didn’t know there was an independent party, that shows you how much I know) However the Statement of Organization paper work wasn’t filed until Jun 23, It appears he was getting a late start on things. In his campaign he started several times he was a conservative.
It has been rumored that Kevin was recruited and financially supported by democrats to pull votes away from the front runners, Stace Nelson and Jon Hasen. I personally seen Oran Sorensn (a Democrat candidate) putting up Kevin Crisp signs.
Mr. Crisp financial statement [http://apps.sd.gov/applications/st12odrs/files/11920.pdf] shows $450.00 total contributions. He spent just over 7,000.00. The report states he made up the difference out of his own pocket. $6,500 is a lot of money when you raised $450.00. The salary for a legislator isn’t that much.
I understand this election, it was really anti-democrat and anti-incumbent, and Dennis and Oran knew they were fighting a losing battle. It appeared that democrats only chance was to run a spoiler against Stace and Jon. I have to wonder if Dennis knew what was going on.
If this is the type of shenanigans we can expect from the democrats in a ‘local’ house race, I wonder what we can expect during the legislative session?