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(SD)-Intra-Party GOP Squabble Over Alleged Political Threat

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/02/2019 06:51 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota Republican state lawmaker from Rapid City claims she was threatened by Congressman and fellow Republican Dusty Johnson not to run next year for the U-S Senate seat held by Mike Rounds. Johnson says he was just trying to be politically helpful.
     Representative Scyller Borglum says in a news release and Facebook video this week that she was hit with a "DC-style ambush" at the Lawrence County GOP Lincoln Day dinner last weekend.

      Borglum, who took office in January and has made no announcement about future races, says Johnson threatened her not to challenge Rounds, telling her that Rounds' team was already doing opposition research on her and would expose the "dirt" if she were enter the primary.

      She says Johnson also told her that the Rounds team was actively calling financial donors to ensure she was completely boxed out and unable to run for any future office.

       Borglum, an engineer who holds a PhD from South Dakota School of Mines, calls it "backroom politics that feels more like what Hillary and Pelosi would pull," adding that the South Dakota Republican "establishment" is more concerned about its future plans than helping her improve as a legislator.

   Johnson says he's baffled by Borglum's reaction to their conversation, which he described as friendly with no threats to Borglum or her political future and no warnings not to challenge Rounds.


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