Hot off the press - SDFU: Frank is OUT
SDFU Board of Directors remove Kloucek from District Post
Sombke: "We have the responsibility to police our own ranks."
HURON – In a vote today (Monday), the S.D. Farmers Union Board of Directors voted to remove Frank Kloucek from its board of directors.
Doug Sombke, Conde, president of S.D. Farmers Union, said the board removed Frank Kloucek in a special teleconference meeting which had been convened after Kloucek, a state senator from Scotland, sent an email that attacked the organization and its involvement in promoting the Ridgefield Premium Hereford Beef project. Sombke said the vote followed a brief discussion of the publication and related issues.
"Our objective is to uphold the good name of South Dakota Farmers Union and to assure the public that we agree that the statements in Mr. Kloucek’s letter are damaging and wrong," Sombke said. "At Farmers Union, we have standards we expect of our leadership. We also have the responsibility to police our own ranks when a member of the leadership steps this far out of the bounds of good taste and judgment and damages the reputation and integrity of Farmers Union."
Sombke said he would not comment further about the vote. Sombke said he would not normally have issued a press release announcing the expulsion of a board member, however, Kloucek’s history of using press releases and public statements to attack opponents dictated that a press release was needed.
"Senator Kloucek has a right as an American to speak his mind within reason. But service on the Farmers Union Board of Directors is not a right, it is a privilege," Sombke said. "When an officer violates fundamental standards and inflicts harm on our organization, we have a responsibility to the membership to remove that privilege to serve on our board."