Done in by rumors, and rumors alone. Bob Sahr announces he's done with elective politics.
Read it all here, and have a personal moment of silence for knowledge of truth being a requirement before accusations are thrown. "Truth," alas. We hardly knew ye.
The chairman of the state Public Utilities Commission, Bob Sahr, says he likely will not run again for public office after serving with the agency since 2001.
He plans to leave the PUC sometime before the end of the year to become general counsel for East River Electric Power Cooperative in Madison.
Sahr decided at the last minute not to run for another six-year term this year - a decision he based on what he calls untrue rumors being spread about him.
The thing is, I have no idea of the truth or untruth of the rumors being bandied about. Personally, I have a lot of doubts given the manner in which they were made, but in either case - pro or con - I lack evidence.
Most reporters I talked to called it an issue of "ripeness." Until proof was offered, I was told there was simply no story yet.
So, in the political theatre that is South Dakota, apparently that little requirement is no longer necessary. *Whew!* That's a burden off of my shoulders. I had been operating under the assumption that achieve a threshhold of credibility, a person had to document factual information and reliable sources. Apparently not.
I guess all anyone ever needs now is a mailing list (with the Argus Leader on the list), a blank piece of paper and a copy machine to destroy your opponent's careers.
The thing is, at any given time there are rumors running around on candidates - some accusations even rising to the level of criminal activity. But it had been a pretty standard practice in the past to wait until any sort of proof arose before the accusations were made.
No more. It's simply not required at the present. And that's a shame.
On another topic, did you hear the one about the Democratic Senator who kicks puppies? Dear Argus Leader....