Ravnsborg did not respond to a request for comment on the matter. However, sources close to the matter tell Dakota News Now that since being impeached in the House, Ravnsborg has been telling Republican delegates and close confidants that he will not run for the office again in 2022, regardless of the outcome of the Senate impeachment trial later this month [Austin Goss, “Sources: Ravnsborg Will Not Pursue Re-Election in 2022,” KOTA-TV, 2022.06.01].
However, Ravnsborg is still fighting to get back into office for his last few months. Bob Mercer reports that Ravnsborg is telling the Senate that he is not guilty of the articles of impeachment filed against him:
South Dakota’s suspended attorney general Jason Ravnsborg has broken his silence on the two impeachment articles that have been brought against him.
He has told the South Dakota Senate he’s not guilty, according to Michael Butler, the Sioux Falls lawyer defending him.
“The attorney general, through counsel, has entered a denial of guilt regarding each of the two articles contained in the House resolution,” Butler told KELOLAND News on Tuesday night [Bob Mercer, “Ravnsborg Tells Senate, ‘I’m Not Guilty’,” KELO-TV, 2022.06.01].
Ravnsborg’s written response is not yet available on the Legislative Research Council’s webpage for Senate Court of Impeachment documents (and for Pete’s sake, don’t pester LRC chief Reed Holwegner for those documents, because we know how hard it is for him to do his job when the public asks him over and over when he’s going to do his job), but his lawyer is going to have a pretty high hill to climb to demonstrate to the Senate Ravnsborg is not guilty of the two articles of impeachment. Ravnsborg did commit crimes causing the death of Joseph Boever, including driving outside his lane, and he did commit malfeasance in office following the death of Joseph Boever, including invoking his official title and misrepresenting the facts of the accident in his 911 call right after he killed Boever.
Ravnsborg has acknowledged that he can’t win an election. Now if only he had the moral fiber to admit he should not win his impeachment trial.