Marion M. Rounds and more conflicts of interest. GET OUT!

 

RCJ  ;prints a story about

A brother-in-law to Gov. Mike Rounds is working as a consultant for Powertech Uranium Corp., the Canadian business that is exploring for uranium near Edgemont.

Randy Brich of Pierre, who is married to the governor’s sister, Michele, is working in media relations on contract for Powertech. Brich also is part of the public-relations team for the corporation’s Dewey Burdock project in the Edgemont area.

Of course Pitty Pat Powers is trying to make a connection to this nepotism to the US Attorney appointment that is in the works for Brendan Johnson.

If Senator Johnson’s son – while very likely qualified – is named as the U.S. Attorney, no matter how they try to game the system to avoid it, it is impossible to avoid the appearance of improprety. Unless we now have adopted the monarchy that our forefathers eschewed so long ago, and endorse the naked building of political dynasties. Because that’s the only way this can be justified.

Otherwise, the naming of Brendan Johnson as U.S. Attorney in the same state his father holds the position of U.S. Senator is improper. No matter how much Senator Johnson’s son wants the job, no matter how much he might be qualified, the honorable thing to do is to take a pass until his dad is no longer U.S. Senator.

Period.

Sorry PP, stretching it again. Tapping someone to be a US Attorney (a person who has the creds to do the job, BTW) from the same party our President and Senior Senator are from (ohh, big surprise) and having a brother-in-law representing an energy company that wants to mine hazardous materials in our state is quite different. Especially when you have a governor that 1) has mentioned building a Nuclear plant in SD publicly and 2) bases every decision he makes on how it can benefit him, his family or his campaign contributors.

Last I checked, the job of a US Attorney is far different then the job of a marketing person working for a private company that seeks our natural resources. One works for us, the other works for themself.

You figure it out.



3 comments ↓

#1 PP at the SDWC on 12.09.08 at 9:33 am

So, L3wis,

In your world, being related to someone, who works for somebody else, who might be seeking a permit to do business in the state through normal procedures is a greater sin than handing your kid a job.

Amazing.

#2 l3wis on 12.09.08 at 9:38 am

Business men hand their kids jobs everyday, even if they are not qualified. The difference is that Brendan is qualified and he is a member of the Democratic party. So what’s the beef? Why would Obama appoint a Republican to the post?

#3 MRPat on 02.03.11 at 6:36 pm

Brennan needs to get out of Daddy’s shadow and get a “real” job. Tim Johnson needs to not run again. Sorry about his physical condition but SD isn’t getting a fair deal on his representation for SD. Brennan I am sure is just waiting for Daddy to step down so he can step up. We just don’t need one more lawyer in federal politics! Sorry but being a Democrat or Republican has nothing to do with it.