Every candidate loves free publicity. A South Dakota Republican firebrand running for Legislature in south-central South Dakota gets the Mellette County sheriff to gin up his free publicity the week before the election.
Joel Koskan is challenging Democratic Representative Shawn Bordeaux for the Senate seat in District 26, which covers Todd, Mellette, Lyman, Brule, and Buffalo counties and southern bits of Hughes and Hyde counties.
The Dakota Scout reports that Koskan is under investigation for child sex abuse and will be arraigned next week:
A South Dakota senate candidate in Mellette County is under investigation in a child sex abuse probe, The Dakota Scout has confirmed.
Joel Koskan, 44, is set to be arraigned on charges next week, Mellette County Sheriff Mike Blom said. Blom said the case is open, and he referred questions to the clerk of courts, where a complaint is expected to be filed on Thursday [Joe Sneve and Jonathan Ellis, “Senate Candidate Under Investigation in Chld Abuse Probe,” The Dakota Scout, 2022.11.02.
Koskan appears to be relying on Sheriff Blom for all of his publicity during the remainder of the campaign. Koskan’s vociferous and punchy Twitter account has been deleted. (Best remnant I can find online is Koskan’s August tweet of a couple of kids flushing a badger out of its hole.) Koskan’s campaign website has been locked down and set to private. Koskan’s FB campaign page is gone. And all the SDGOP spin blog can find to say is “There are no words at the moment… we all need to wait and see what’s going on. But it’s more than troubling to say the least.”
Koskan should have spent more time cozying up to his local bankers and less time drawing the attention of law enforcement.