Well, it appears as though my former governor has been charged with manslaughter after hitting a motorcyclist while speeding and running a stop sign.
Janklow has a history of reckless driving, and has recieved several speeding tickets over the years. Besides his lead foot, Janklow is known for his iron fist, including intimidation, verbal harrassment, and a nearly dictatorial style of running the state.
Janklow’s political career will be ended by this event, and deservedly so. More than just the accident, there are several questions that need to be asked about this incident. One is these is that Janklow was driving a car owned and insured by a third party. Under Congressional rules, members of Congress cannot take gifts. Clearly, using someone else’s car and driving under their insurance is a major violation of House ethics rules.
This is a major political scandal for the Republicans, and it is clear that Janklow can no longer serve as South Dakota’s Congressman. While under investigation for the felony charge, Janklow cannot vote in the House, and he is unlikely to return to Washington D.C. for the beginning of the next section.
Congressman Janklow should resign immediately.
In his place, Gov. Mike Rounds should appoint former Rep. John Thune to serve out the remainder of Janklow’s term until a special election to choose a successor is carried out. Thune is a person of principle who narrowly lost to Sen. Tim Johnson in 2002 (by a margin of less than 600 votes). He would be able to represent South Dakota and lead the state since Janklow cannot.
Again, Janklow’s personal recklessness and arrogance is as much a contributing cause to this incident as speed. For these reasons, he is no longer fit to serve in the US House of Representatives.