I had found out last week that Deb Peters had taken a position with SD Association of Healthcare Organizations from a friend in healthcare, but all week I kept checking the staff site and didn’t see anything. If it was true it seems they took a week of silence to do some back room deals to make sure the announcement went smooth. You wonder what kind of horse trading was going on last week?
I did know that they have been looking for someone to fill the position (VP of Communications/Member services) for awhile.
When I first found out, I asked myself, ‘How can she lobby when she is a legislator?’ One of my other lobbyist friends who also was privy to it suggested that she may resign from the legislature. So now once again a fake incumbent will be appointed by a Republican elect governor. Hopefully it won’t be Michael Clark who just got ousted by Saba. We have enough bigots in Pierre, we certainly don’t need more.
One has to speculate on a couple of things;
â€¢ How long has Peters known she would get the job? Did she know before the election and just kept quiet? That’s a little shady. While she wouldn’t be able to pull her name from the ballot, she could have at least told people she had no intention of taking the oath.
â€¢ Also, aren’t there rules from just leaving the legislature than becoming a lobbyist? I’m sure there will be some fancy foot work on that.
This is what happens when we don’t have ethics rules, or at least ones with clout. It also makes you wonder if they were waiting to see how Amendment W went down?
Why do we continue to elect people who work against our best interest? It’s mind boggling.