It’s bad enough that Monae Johnson booted veteran chief elections officer Kea Warne from the Secretary of State’s office. It’s even worse that Johnson hires Logan Manhart, an extremist twenty-something election denier with no experience working in government and who just last year violated the very election laws that his boss is supposed to oversee:
Brown County Republican Logan Manhart announced via social media Tuesday that he’s taken a position within the office of Secretary of State Monae Johnson, who rode election integrity stump speeches to an upset of fellow GOP member Steve Barnett at last year’s state convention.
“A year ago, I decided I wanted to serve in Pierre,” read a post on a social media account registered to Manhart on Tuesday morning. “Though perhaps not in the capacity I originally intended, I am excited to start my new job in the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office” [Joe Sneve, “Republican Who Violated Residency Rule Tapped to Work in Secretary of State’s Office,” Dakota Scout, 2023.01.04].
Sneve notes that Secretary Johnson has for weeks ignored his requests for information about whom she’s hiring, which suggests Johnson is either trying to keep her bad choices secret or just doesn’t care about open government.
Manhart participated in the January 6, 2021, protests at the United States Capitol that erupted into the violent insurrection against the government. A year later, Manhart celebrated that insurrection as a protest conducted “peacefully and patriotically… for a cause we believed in.” That “cause” was the overturning of a free and fair election. Manhart will now help fellow election-denier Johnson run South Dakota’s elections.