Panel votes for censure 6-3. Wednesday looks to be the day.
But now that I'm back, here are the statements that the Argus had from Senators involved in the procedure:
Sens. Dave Knudson, R-Sioux Falls, Bob Gray, R-Fort Pierre, and Kenneth McNenny, R-Sturgis, voted against the motion to censure Sutton. The three said they were convinced by the evidence that Sutton's actions with the page merited expulsion.Read all of the article here. So what do you think - given the evidence presented, is censure adequate? Or should they be held to a higher standard, which requires a harsher penalty?
"I cannot personally find censure an adequate remedy," said Knudson, chairman of the committee.
"I am willing to say that ought not to have been done," said Sen. Nancy Turbak, D-Watertown. "So I would agree that Sen. Sutton should be censured for inappropriate conduct, or the appearance of impropriety."Turbak argued that expulsion should only occur if there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Sutton groped Wiese.
"One of them was lying. I don't know which one," Abdallah said.and finally...
But the fact that Sutton shared a bed with Wiese was "improper," Abdallah said, and "he should be taken to task for that."
Gray agreed. "I believe that's inappropriate for any of us. Period."
Wednesday is reportedly the day when it will be taken up by the full Senate.
May God have mercy on all of their souls. Because the image of the legislature will be tainted for years as a result of all of this mess. And expulsion or censure will not change the fact that they only have Senator Sutton to blame for sharing his bed.
I would concur with many people writing in this matter that yes, some of the testimony (such as hiding notes behind furniture) struck me as nutty. But that is only a distraction to the base fact which is not in dispute - The Senator shared his bed with a male high school student who was here in Pierre in an employment capacity.
The rest is "theater of the absurd" that needs to be ignores, leaving only the truth to be focused on. Does sharing a bed with an employee in that manner rise to an offense worthy of expulsion?
If he were a teacher or a coach, would he (or should he) be fired for doing the same? Once you answer that question, the next one you need to ask is whether or not the office should be held in equal esteem.