New Scandal Brewing.
Oooooo. I don't think Senator Kloucek meant to send this to god and everyone.
And it's not just that he sent an e-mail out to the media that may or may not have been intended to go to the media. He used it to completely trash a lot of people. And several of them are in his caucus.
I heard tonight from a good source that it's already costing Frank. Supposedly the Farmers Union people are so mad over it that they're considering kicking him out. Here's the first part:
Pretty innocuous, huh? Well. I think most people who saw this ignored what came after that part.
From: Frank Kloucek [mailto:fkloucek@*******]
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 9:05 PM
To: (A very extensive list including several bloggers, people at the argus, the Mitchell paper, the Yankton paper, etc, and so on)
Subject: Trip to Pierre - Promoters of Tabor Czech Days Needed!
News release December 13,2006 for immediate release!
Contact Senator Frank 583-4468
Are you interested in going to Pierre to promote Tabor Czech Days? On the Monday Jan 15th and Tuesday Jan 16th our Czech Royalty and Supporters of Tabor Czech Days will be traveling to Pierre. The Discovery Center, Oahe Dam, Cultural Heritage
Center, Capitol introductions, Legislative Meetings, Czech Food, and authentic
Czech Music will round out the event. Please contact Tabor CorTrust Bank at
463-2577 to sign up and for more details.
Wait a minute? What's this? It looks like what Frank sent out to the media regarding Czech Days had something extra attached to the bottom.
And as far as Jim McMahon is concerned, I do know him and I believe he is a decent, honest, and smart lawyer. I don’t believe I have a conflict in Dan Sutton’s case even though Bill Janklow represents the page. Russ Janklow is my partner, but that does not affect my judgment. I will do my best to accommodate your seating requests. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts.
So what else was attached to this press release? It was an e-mail exchange between Frank and new Senate Minority Leader Scott Heidepreim that Frank included on the e-mail as part of his press release. And this exchange was sent to such media outlets as The Argus Leader, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Yankton Newspaper, and such Democrats as Jack Billion.
And Frank absolutely goes out of his way to trash Dennis Wiese, Dan Sutton, B.J. Nesselhuf, South Dakota Farmer's Union, and selected others. I'm not going to print the whole thing at this point because some of it is beyond the pale. (What I printed here on BJ is just the slightest hint of how deep Frank goes into it). That, and the spelling/grammatical errors are really, really bad.
So what tidbits did Frank e-mail to the media? Here's a selection of what went out:
That tidbit right there would seem to almost draw Frank in as a witness to the whole Sutton/Page scandal, noting that Frank was aware that Sutton might have knowingly let college students of varying ages have access to alcohol.. And Frank seems to say that Sutton was in change of "page parties."
From: Frank Kloucek [mailto:fkloucek@*********]
Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 1:59 AM
To: Scott Heidepriem
Subject: Ideas to help make this session a success
Even though i have no use for sutton I have even less for weise. How can we use masons rules to kick some one out when we have not adopted anything before this allegedly happened I no that shuting the barn door after the horse left?
I vote for censure and an apology to wiese the family the senate and the people of south dakota. I will consider making such a motion if evidence shows it is prudent and will resolve the issue.
My request for committees Agriculture transportation health taxes and local govt in that order. However state affairs is my no 1 choice. With 16 years of experience and taking the abuse I think I have earned it
Seating arrangements: I will not sit with sutton or Nesselhauf They are immature and to sexually liberal for me. prefer Koetzle two bulls bartling jim peterson katus or any freshman repub but the one that beat kroger and koistra arnie hauge? do not get good vibes from him.
another issue that is very important to me was the fact that sutton continually redirected interns away from helping me for the last 4 years and consistently ordered them not to help me with research constituent replies phone calls help with computer and bill legwork. The list is long. He was in charge of interns and let them out often at 4 pm to go to free liquor room. The repub interns were working pat 6 and working hard and some of ours were getting drunk in the middle of the afternoon. I had to bring up my married little old ladies at my own expense to help me. They got more done in a few days than the sutton directed pages did in a month! Also he was in charge of the page parties which always bothered me because of my
intuition or gut feeling about him.
This is incredible, and the biggest part is that FRANK SENT IT TO THE MEDIA HIMSELF. Even better, to date, the media has ignored it as just another Czech days press release coming in the middle of the Tim Johnson medical crisis.
Well, the political reporters at the argus and mitchell papers need to check their deleted mails once again, because it looks like they let a juicy tidbit go as just another boring Kloucek release.
And as far as Frank goes for those people he needs to make amends to? Well..... I suggest humility. Humility is good for the soul.