Oh my. A press release came out this morning from State Representative Scyller Borglum with some fairly incendiary language going after Congressman Dusty Johnson for asking about rumors of her running against US Senator Mike Rounds at the Lawrence County Lincoln Day Dinner.
The release didn’t mince any words. But when it comes to how Congressman Johnson related the matter, it was an entirely different conversation.
First, the release that came out from Rep. Borglum’s Press Contact, Ashley Granby, that I’ve abbreviated a bit, but you get the gist:
South Dakota Republican Establishment Eating Its Young
Congressman Dusty Johnson invited Representative Borglum, and her husband, for what appeared to be a friendly chat before the Lawrence County Lincoln Day dinner Saturday evening.
But instead, it was a DC-style ambush.
Borglum found herself in a crossfire between Dusty, Will Mortenson – a Pierre Lobbyist, and Katie Murray – Dusty’s West River Director, and former Rounds’ staff member.
What started as praise for Borglum’s efforts, energy, and ambition, quickly turned into a multitude of threats from the newly elected congressman. With henchmen like gile, Dusty demanded Borglum confess whether or not she plans to primary Senator Rounds in the 2020 election.
“I feel incredibly let-down by my congressman. I haven’t confirmed or announced any run for a higher office. I’m not even thinking about that. All I am trying to do is be the best state legislator that I can be. I work hard because that is who I am. I didn’t get to where I am today, by taking the easy road, or through entitlement. When I commit to something, I push, I grind and I give it my all. I am appalled by this backroom politics that feels more like what Hillary and Pelosi would pull,” says Borglum.
Borglum plans to publicly address this issue live on Facebook during her weekly Borglum Brief, Tuesday, April 30th at 8 PM MST!
The Rapid City Journal covered the story tonight and had the following response from Congressman Johnson, who disagreed that the conversation was adversarial. Among other things, Dusty noted:
Johnson said he told Borglum he could not support her if she challenges Rounds, but Johnson denied making any threats.
He thought the meeting went well, he said, until he saw the Monday news release.
“It was a friendly conversation,” Johnson said. “After the meeting we exchanged friendly texts. We talked later that night at the event briefly. I never got the sense that it wasn’t a friendly conversation.”
I had spoken with a party that was there at the event, who said they didn’t see anything adversarial that was taking place, but I wasn’t there.
Not sure what to say about the whole thing, as I consider both friends.
(Can’t we all just get along?)