South Dakota House candidate under scrutiny for tweets

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for South Dakota’s congressional seat is coming under scrutiny for tweets he made from his personal account before he considered running for public office.

Ryan Ryder is an Air Force veteran and lawyer from Black Hawk. He is running for the seat currently held by Republican Rep. Dusty Johnson.

In one of the tweets, Ryder suggests that he should make an animated video of Johnson’s family getting killed.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Ryder said the tweet was in response to Johnson’s vote against censuring Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar for a violent cartoon video that depicted killing a character that looked like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ryder said the tweets were unprofessional, but he hopes they open the door to transparency.

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