To cap off the legacy of disgraced Secretary of State Jason Gant, we learn that on the way out the door, one of his employees stole one of two original South Dakota State flags:
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the original State Flag of South Dakota that was missing has now been recovered by the Attorney General’s Office. The Secretary of State’s Office began an internal investigation for the missing State Flag in January 2015, and ultimately reported the missing flag to South Dakota Legislative Audit. On July 15, 2015, South Dakota Legislative Audit referred the matter to the Attorney General’s Office. The Division of Criminal Investigation conducted an investigation and recovered the flag from a former Secretary of State employee on October 8, 2015 in Washington D.C.
“The recovery of the South Dakota’s original State Flag preserves an important part of our history for the citizens of South Dakota. I want to extend my appreciation to the Secretary of State’s Office for their assistance and cooperation throughout this investigation. Criminal charges are anticipated to be released in the near future,” said Jackley [South Dakota Attorney General’s Office, press release, 2015.10.28].
Recovered in Washington, D.C.? What gives—did Nicholas Cage nab the flag and use it as a map to National Treasure 3 underneath the Washington Monument? Or did a Gantling jump ship to Congressional staff?
Here are the Attorney General’s photos of the filched flag:
But one must wonder: if Attorney General Marty Jackley can go all the way to Washington D.C. to track down a flag that, as former Gant flunky Pat Powers warns, may not even be the original flag, why can’t he send some agents to Aberdeen to apprehend Joop Bollen for his multi-million-dollar EB-5 racket?