The Mitchell Daily Republic reports on the Democrats using Pat Powers to attack Jason Gant:
When South Dakota’s new secretary of state hired a Republican blogger and wrote letters of thanks to lawmakers who helped get bills passed, he crossed a line into partisanship, the South Dakota Democratic Party believes.
“Gant first politicized the office when he hired a prominent conservative blogger as his director of operations,” said Rep. Mitch Fargen, D-Flandreau, in a Democratic Party press release. “By praising a state senator who presumably is running for reelection, Gant put into further question his ability to keep politics out of South Dakota’s voting process.”
Secretary of State Jason Gant won’t talk about the blogger, Dakota War College founder Pat Powers, saying he can’t publicly discuss any of his employees.
“Personnel is always a touchy issue to be talking about. I’m not going to speak specifically about individuals,” Gant said. “As a whole, everyone I’ve hired had tremendous strengths.”
Powers, who authored one of the state’s most popular and robust blogs for much of the past decade, also declined to respond to the Democrats’ criticism.
Sad that the Democrats blame conservatives for the actions of members of the GOP establishment. Pat Powers' ideaology is very much closer to the Democrat's BIg Education agenda than to any kind of conservative concept of a limited government. Too bad Powers' good friend Denise Ross, who wrote the report, did not mention that Powers denied erasing his web site because he was offered a job in the GOP establishment.