A scoop this afternoon from Pat Powers at the South Dakota War College blog, as he uncovers suggestions that a Sioux Falls physician may be planning on running for U.S. Senate as a conservative Republican.
That doctor, Annette Bosworth, has been in the news before, though not for her politics. She fought a long battle with the state board of medical examiners over charges involving Medicaid payments and the use of a physician assistant. The fight included an open meetings dispute and ended in a settlement with the South Dakota Attorney General’s office. Bosworth paid almost $15,000 to the state (only one-third of which came out of her pocket, the rest being Medicaid payments the state had withheld) but neither side admitted wrongdoing.
Now Powers catches a Wikipedia page and a CNN iReports page saying Bosworth “is expected to announce her candidacy for Tim Johnson’s Senate seat in late June, 2013” and that she “has been approached by several conservative political action committees to run for Tim Johnson’s senate seat.”
I hoped to be able to confirm or refute this report, but Bosworth hasn’t returned the message I left at her office this afternoon. I did get a voice mail back from her intern, Sam Fogas, who said he wasn’t sure what he could say but wanted to let me know the message was received. Fogas is notable because the Wikipedia page and iReport were both by a “sfogas,” suggesting Fogas was the one promoting Bosworth’s candidacy. He apparently has known Bosworth for some time and participated with her on mission trips.
I’ll bring more updates once I learn more about whether Bosworth might end up as the first GOP challenger to former Gov. Mike Rounds.