In Lawrence County, Republicans outnumber Democrats 2.47 to 1. Nonetheless, The Lawrence County Republican Party graciously offered to co-host a political debate with the Lawrence County Democratic Party. They invited the candidates for Attorney General to come speak together to Lawrence County voters come October.
Yet Republican Jason Ravnsborg has declined to participate, rejecting five proposed dates and saying that not one date in the next two months when he’ll be available for such an event in deeply Republican Lawrence County.
Lawrence County Democrats chair Brooke Abdallah documents Ravnsborg’s dogged demurral:
Once again, ducking debates demonstrates a candidate’s lack of confidence. Avoiding a debate is all the more damning for a candidate for Attorney General, a big part of whose job will be to prepare the state’s team of lawyers for courtroom debates and, on the biggest cases, to step into the courtroom himself to defend South Dakota against hostile litigants. If I were a confident Republican running for Attorney General, I’d look at a debate in Spearfish as a great chance to (1) grab some attention away from the big dogs for my down-ticket race (call Seth Tupper! call KOTA-TV!), (2) destroy my flailing Democratic opponent, and (3) rally my Republican base. Evidently Jason Ravnsborg doesn’t want to draw attention to his race, doesn’t think he can withstand more than one fall face-to-face encounter with his opponent, and doesn’t think he can rally Republicans in a strong Republican county whose experienced state’s attorney he happened to beat for the GOP’s nomination.