People who attended a luncheon put on by the Family Heritage Alliance, featuring Governor Dennis Daugaard as the keynote speaker, got a very unexpected and unwelcome surprise. "Out of the blue these postcard mailers started hitting everyone's table, chastising or basically stating that the Governor supports the homosexual attitude as well as some other unfavorable things," District 35 Representative Mark Kirkeby said.
Zach Lautenschlager, a member of the Family Matters PAC, was distributing the flyer and was asked to leave. When he refused, the police were called. The flier accuses the Governor of supporting legislators with 'anti-family' agendas.
When Kirkeby was asked why he thought Mr. Lautenschlager would distribute the literature in this manner, he said, "I think what he is trying to do is show that he is an actual
nut job, and I can't sugar coat it." Kirkeby went onto say that he has no credibility and a bad reputation in Pierre.
While no one with the Family Matters PAC was available for an on-camera interview, Lautenschlager did email a statement.
Below is an excerpt:
It is very disappointing that the Governor claims to
be conservative, yet is actively supporting a pro-abortion,
No matter how hard he tries, he cannot hide the fact that he
endorsed pro-abortion and pro-homosexual candidates.
Governor Daugaard says while it is not uncommon to be attacked as an elected official, he felt Wednesday's display was unfortunate.
"I think those who invited me to be present at the gathering felt it reflected poorly on them," Governor Daugaard said.
Kirkeby also mentioned the name of former Gubernatorial candidate and Tea Party member Gordon Howie. He believes Howie and others are behind some of the recent negative literature, robo calls and threats.
Howie emphatically denies the accusations and says he takes exception to anyone making them.