The attorney for South Dakota Speaker of the House Brian Gosch is trying to get back court fees for actions they call "frivolous and malicious".
Former U.S. House candidate Stephanie Strong unsuccessfully attempted to remove Gosch from the November election ballot.
Now, Gosch and the Pennington County Republican party have submitted a motion to gain attorney's fees and expenses over what they say was Strong's attempt to "maximize headlines in order to influence voters".
Stephanie strong replied by email to KOTA–TV on Thursday saying, "If it was frivolous and malicious, then why did it take eight judges and postponement after postponement until the election was certified and Gosch was seated, that the eight judges did not rule on the lawsuit?"
Sara Frankenstein, the attorney for Speaker Gosch has a different view.
"The law and our legal system is supposed to be used for actual controversies. It's not to be used just to make headlines to influence voters. We believe that's what happened in this case. It really was meant to harm someone's campaign," said Frankenstein.
The hearing has been scheduled for March 22nd in Pierre.