A group of conservative
South Dakotalegislators came to for a pheasant hunt to raise scholarship money for travel to events sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization. Fort Pierre
After a banquet, some went to the hotel bar. A man who had been drinking there for several hours began acting erratically and at one point grabbed state Rep. Kristin Conzet,
, by the arm. R-Rapid City
House Speaker Val Rausch,
, intervened, at which point the man allegedly pulled a knife. Lust, the House majority leader, then stepped in. The man allegedly sheathed the knife, but took a swing at Rausch. R-Big Stone City
"Then the melee was on," [David] Lust said. "Myself and several others tackled him and held him down until the police arrived."
Rausch said he dodged the man's punch, but state Rep. Brian Gosch — who is the speaker pro tempore — suffered a cut to the finger as he struggled to ensure Bardwell didn't pull the knife out again.
If these folks are raising money fo ALEC scholarships - they must support ALEC - they are ALEC sympathizers. If these people are not currnetly North Dakota ALEC members - they support ALEC and need to go.
PLEASE do not re-elect these people.