The excellent South Dakota Politics blog notes that the Sioux Falls Argus Leader is dropping the ball on the Janklow case. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune managed to scoop them on the bombshell that Janklow had another close call at the same intersection where the accident occurred.
This shows why the officials in Moody County filed the most severe charges they could – Janklow has repeatedly acted with reckless disregard for the law, and the deadly accident of two weeks ago was not an isolated incident.
I will disagree with the SD Politics blog on one issue, it is clear that Argus Leader executive editor Randell Beck is right on the money in pointing out the state’s efforts to impede the investigation into the crash. Janklow ran South Dakota with an iron fist, and South Dakota has a system of governance that is arrogant and aloof from the people. Janklow personally smeared and threatened anyone in his own party he thought might be a challenge to him, including notables like former Senator Larry Pressler. It is this kind of heavy-handed rule that has made South Dakota’s state government one of the most irresponsible and unaccountable in the nation.
Again, it is clear that Congressman Janklow should step down. His reckless and wanton disregard for the rule of law is unbefitting of a member of the United States House of Representatives or any other body. He is embarrassment to the people of South Dakota, to his party, and to this nation.