Huge news coming out of South Dakota that will no doubt make voters who considered voting for former Governor Mike Rounds (R) reconsider their vote. This scandal has already changed this race from safe Republican pick-up to now a competitive U.S Senate race.
Via the Argus Leader:
U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds as governor knew his Cabinet secretary, Richard Benda, was going to work for an investor in the Northern Beef Packers plant about the time he approved Benda’s proposal to give the plant more state aid — or found out immediately afterwards but was not alarmed.
Benda, then the Secretary of Tourism and State Development, authorized an extra $600,000 in loans to Northern Beef on Dec. 23, 2010. That was a little more than two weeks before both he and Rounds left office.
A state audit later found Benda didn’t “disclose his future employment plans” and should have been required to “remove himself from involvement in subsequent matters relating to (Northern Beef.)”
But Rounds said Tuesday he knew before leaving office that Benda was going to work in connection with the beef plant.