Big League Politics is a Trumpist alt-Right blog founded by a Breitbart alum. You’d think they’d love a Trumpist fearmonger like Jason Ravnsborg. Instead, BLP has followed up on a story aired on this liberal blog and subsequently in the Rapid City Journal that Ravnsborg, one of three announced contenders for the Republican nomination for Attorney General, has not tried a criminal case before a jury. BLP calls Melissa Larsen, Clerk of Courts in Union County, where Ravnsborg, from two counties away, somehow secured an appointment as a special part-time deputy state’s attorney, and gets confirmation that Ravnsborg has never prosecuted any trials in Union County:
Caller: “Can you tell me if Jason Ravnsborg has done any trials in Union County recently as a Volunteer Deputy State’s Attorney?”
Larsen: “Like, a jury trial?”
Larsen: “No, he has not.”
Caller: “Does he appear in court very often there?”
Larsen: “He appears in court on occasion. He’s not here every month.”
Caller: “What type of hearings does he do?”
Larsen: “Whatever the State’s Attorney has appointed him to. I don’t keep track of what he does.”
Caller: “He hasn’t done, like, any attempted murder trials, or rape trials there in the last year?”
Larsen: “We haven’t had any trials with him.”
Big League Politics confirmed with Larsen that Ravnsborg has not conducted any jury trials, but has presided over cases that have pled out [Peter D’Abrosca, “South Dakota Candidate for Attorney General Claims to Be Big Shot Prosecutor; Court Says Otherwise,” Big League Politics, 2018.06.19].
While not mentioning Ravnsborg’s opponents by name, BLP notes Lance Russell and John Fitzgerald have significantly more experience as practicing attorneys. They then observe with dripping disdain, “Ravnsborg’s light workload has allowed him to spend the past three years traveling South Dakota, glad-handing with potential political supporters and cozying up to the State GOP.”
Now notice, Republican delegates: that’s not liberal me knocking down Ravnsborg; that’s an archly conservative website making no apparent endorsement but making clear that Ravnsborg is stretching the truth about his paltry legal experience. Take that for what it’s worth, Republicans… but remember: the eminently experienced Democratic nominee Randy Seiler awaits your choice.