Senators won’t get a chance to put their new sexual harassment awareness training to work in questioning Gene Abdallah at his confirmation hearing. Attorney General Marty Jackley’s nominee for the Board of Pardons and Paroles has withdrawn his name from consideration. Dana Ferguson reports that Abdallah wrote a letter to Jackley saying he doesn’t want to fight Tiffany Campbell’s accusation that he sexually harassed her in 2012 when he was a legislator and she was a lobbyist. But Abdallah maintains that Campbell is lying:
“My friends have encouraged me to fight back against these nasty attacks. If I were younger and in good health, nothing could keep me from the challenge,” Abdallah wrote. “I also want to thank you for standing by me when false attacks were leveled against me by a person who was motivated by political gain” [Dana Ferguson, “Gene Abdallah Withdraws from Board After Report of Sexual Harassment,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2018.01.16].
Jackley tells Ferguson he’ll nominate Minnehaha County commissioner and former legislator Anne Hajek to the Parole Board vacancy. Funny the A.G. hasn’t hustled out a same-day press release on that announcement yet as he did for Abdallah in October.