South DaCola says we shouldn’t have to wait for more women to get elected to clean up the sexism in our State Capitol; Governor Dennis Daugaard and House Speaker G. Mark Mickelson should be leading the charge:
Maybe the Governor and Mark Mickelson need to take the lead on this ‘sexual revolution’ going on in Pierre and own up to their own skeletons in the closet. Mark is fortunate he lives in Sioux Falls and has a buffer from the day to day operations, but Dennis should know these things are going on….
His cheesy dumb farm kid persona won’t cut it on this issue. And while Mickelson is worried about outside money on petition drives he should be more concerned about inside pocket pool going on in our capital city. Address the real issues going on in Pierre for once [Scott Ehrisman, “Maybe the Governor Should Take the Lead with the Sexism Problem in Pierre,” South DaCola 2017.10.22].
I don’t think the Governor has spoken to this unseemly issue directly, but he did go to Connecticut weekend before last to watch a woman smash a bottle of Belle Joli against a large phallic symbol named for our state.
Following the initial accusations of sexual harassment and assault in the Capitol, but before the weekend’s big article from Ferguson and Raposa, Speaker Mickelson told Pierre’s radio news, “We are comprised of human beings, and there’s going to be human error from time to time, but do have a zero-tolerance policy. My heart goes out to those that have been affected by this.” He feels the Legislature has the rules in place to address sexual harassment and other misogynist behavior in the Legislature.