Tom Johnson Speaks (kind of)
Check out the latest in one of the most bizarre South Dakota political stories I've ever seen:
Police learned the driver, who was dressed as a woman, was actually a man. Johnson said the driver was someone he knows — not a campaign worker, as reported in other media outlets — but he didn’t want to disclose how long he has known the 18-year-old man, whom he knew as a woman named Trina Seviera.
“I’m not going to give you that information,” Johnson said. “This is about turning into a witch hunt.”
Police Chief Craig Tieszen, who is taking media calls on the incident, said he has seen photos of the driver. “Appears to be Trina to me,” Tieszen said.
Johnson said he had not been drinking at all Monday night — “zero, not a drop” — and had been putting out campaign signs after leaving a Rapid City Council meeting that ended late Monday. Johnson said he had no idea his companion had been drinking, but he didn’t want to explain how they had met that night.
“Again, that’s all the information I’m going to give you,” he said.and...
He said the driver was bailed out “by someone” but would not disclose if he was involved in arranging bail.
Johnson, 50, said he was growing weary of the questions he was fielding from the media. Johnson said he didn’t break any laws, didn’t buy or provide alcohol to anyone and wasn’t aware he was in a car with an under-aged person who was driving under the influence.
He said the man whom he thought was a woman had told him once that he was older than 18. But Johnson, who is recently divorced, declined to offer many details into their relationship.
Johnson, 50, said he was growing weary of the questions he was fielding from the media." Well, no kidding. I'm sure he is weary of the questions. Because the media, as much as everyone else in the state are scratching their heads at this one.
Somehow, I think it would be hard for any 50 year old candidate to explain why they were in a car with a drunk, 18 year old girl at night. Adding the fact that it was a boy in drag, and the candidate *claims* he had no idea it was, doesn't instill any additional confidence.
In a campaign year with all the utter nonsense that the Rapid City municipal elections have brought forth, this was just the cherry on top.
- Hunter S. Thompson