Weiland’s Big, Desperate Lie
Weiland is wrong on the issues so all he can do is lie about Rounds
Sioux Falls, SD – President Obama’s Senate candidate, Rick Weiland, launched a new television ad today that lies about Mike Rounds and an economic development program that created thousands of jobs in South Dakota, the South Dakota Republican Party charged today. Immediately after Weiland’s ad aired, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader pointed out that Weiland’s statement that “U.S. residency was for sale to the highest bidder” was “incorrect.”
“Poor Rick Weiland, he’s on the wrong side of all the issues affecting South Dakota so he resorts to big, desperate lies about Mike Rounds,” said Dick Wadhams, a spokesman for the South Dakota Republican Party. “Weiland supports President Obama and his failed presidency, Weiland opposes the Keystone pipeline, Weiland supports Obamacare, and Weiland wants to destroy Medicare for South Dakota seniors.”
Weiland started a negative television ad today attacking Mike Rounds on the EB-5 program.
The EB-5 program has brought more than $600 million in private capital investment to South Dakota creating more than 5,000 jobs. The EB-5 program was created with the support of Democrats who have represented South Dakota in Washington, D.C. including Tom Daschle, Tim Johnson, and Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin. In fact, Weiland was working for Senator Daschle when Daschle voted for the EB-5 program.
“If Rick Weiland wants to attack someone over the EB-5 program, he should start with President Obama’s handpicked U.S. Attorney for South Dakota, Brendan Johnson, who is the only public official who has not publicly released the results of his investigation,” Wadhams said. “Brendan Johnson and Rick Weiland are playing partisan politics on EB-5 while seven other local and state government entities have disclosed the results of their investigations.”
Weiland falsely claims the EB-5 program “sold citizenship” and that South Dakota taxpayers lost money on the Northern Beef plant in Aberdeen. Weiland also falsely claims that Rounds “hired cronies” who “made millions.” If Rick Weiland is so focused on “Taking it Back” – he ought to start with taking back his lies and deceit.
“Rick Weiland’s desperate new ad is an absolute lie across the board and he knows it,” Wadhams said. “But I suppose we should expect nothing more from a guy who made $600,000 a year while driving a non-profit organization into the ground.”