Law makers issue statements on Ravnsborg impeachment
PIERRE, S.D. — On Tuesday, District 24 State Representative Will Mortenson introduced a resolution that includes articles of impeachment against South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.
The first article has to do with the events causing the death of Joe Boever, and the other is related to the attorney general’s conduct following the crash.
Rep. Mortenson issued the following statement:
“It’s a real human tragedy, there’s no doubt about it, for all parties involved. There’s no part of this that is coming at me from a personal standpoint or a political one at all, I’ve always gotten along with Jason, but when we started looking through and thinking about the duties that the attorney general owes to the people of South Dakota, and I think he owes a special duty to protect the people and uphold the laws. And I think the actions in these incidents fell short of that duty, and now the obligation falls on us.”
Rep. Mortenson also felt that it was important that they wait until the charging decision in the investigation had been made. He also feels Ravnsborg’s conduct doesn’t meet the standards the people of South Dakota should expect of somebody in his position.
The private media spokesperson representing Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg contacted some media in South Dakota while House members discussed the articles of impeachment.
“The Attorney General does not intend to resign. At no time has this issue impeded his ability to do the work of the office. Instead, he has handled some of the largest settlements and legislative issues the state has ever been through. As an attorney and a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves, AG Ravnsborg has fought for the rule of law and personal liberties and would hope that he is afforded the same right and courtesy.”
The resolution will be introduced on the House floor on Wednesday, and the procedures will be set forward after that.