Political hack Jason Ravnsborg is already stacking the Attorney General’s office with political cronies.
Ravnsborg says he’ll hire Timothy Bormann as chief of staff. Bormann is currently Faulk County’s state’s attorney. He also worked for Ravnsborg’s name-boosting Senate campaign back in 2014 and handled media relations for Ravnsborg’s A.G. campaign this year. Bormann poured $4,000 into Ravnsborg’s campaign in 2017, the most one can contribute to a statewide candidate in one year in South Dakota. Bormann also chipped in at least another $150 this year. Bormann’s daughter Tyler donated $150 to Ravnsborg’s failed Senate campaign in 2014.
Ravnsborg also announced he has chosen David Natvig to run the Division of Criminal Investigations. Natvig is currently state’s attorney for Brule and Buffalo counties. Natvig gave Ravnsborg $4,000 this year; so did Natvig’s wife LaRae.
Ravnsborg is letting Charles McGuigan remain as Deputy Attorney General. McGuigan briefly challenged Ravnsborg for the Republican nomination but backed out of the four-way race last March for health reasons. Now he’ll have to weigh the health impacts of daily covering for an incompetent Attorney General. McGuigan also moved $250 from his campaign fund to Ravnsborg’s after the primary. McGuigan gave equal amounts to Republican candidates Barnett, Brunner, and Sattgast, plus $1,000 to help his current boss Marty Jackley pay campaign bills.