Dems are saying that Sutton should hang tough through the investigation
The Argus Leader is reporting this afternoon that Democratic State Senator Dan Sutton, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with a legislative page, is being advised by the South Dakota Democratic Party to not resign, and to hang in there and face the charges:
State Sen. Dan Sutton, who is the subject of an investigation involving a legislative page, should not step down until a criminal investigation is completed, the spokesman for the South Dakota Democratic Party said today.Read it all here.
“We think the investigation should play itself out,” Donald Carr said.
Senate Minority Leader Garry Moore, D-Yankton, has called for the legislative Executive Committee to investigate the accusation.
At the same time, Attorney General Larry Long has confirmed that a criminal investigation is under way, although he declined to talk about the matter.
The father of the former page has accused Sutton, a Flandreau Democrat, of misconduct during the last legislative session, according to state Sen. Garry Moore.
Sutton did not return messages left at his work and home.
As of this morning, Sutton’s campaign Web site remained up and running on the Internet. He faces Republican challenger John Toates of Flandreau in the Nov. 7 election.