KSFY has pulled an ad paid for by the South Dakota GOP at their request. The ad in question makes false claims against Public Utilities Commission candidate Matt McGovern.
A letter from the Khoroosi Law Office, the firm representing the McGovern for Public Utilities Commission Campaign Committee, states that the ad "falsely asserts both visually and aurally that Mr. McGovern was 'born in Wisconsin.'" The letter goes on to state that the ad "provides no citations and references no source to back up the false claims. Matt McGovern was, in fact, not born in Wisconsin."
McGovern was born in Washington, D.C.
"The McGovern camp reached out to us and asked if we can fix it. The ironic thing is that it's Washington, D.C. I don't know how popular Washington D.C. is right now, so we'll make the fix," said South Dakota GOP executive director Tony Post.
McGovern released the following statement Thursday evening: "It's unfortunate that my opponent and her allies have lowered themselves to false personal attacks rather than focus on the issues that matter to South Dakota families and businesses. I wasn't born in Wisconsin and I also wasn't born yesterday. I know that allowing the utility companies to hike rates on South Dakota families is the wring thing to do. As Public Utilities Commissioner, I'll fight any rate hike that forces South Dakota families and businesses to pay more so that some over-paid CEO can avoid standing in line at the airport."
A poll released Thursday by Nielson Brothers Polling shows McGovern has taken the lead in the PUC race. 45% of those polled support the Democrat, Republican incumbent Kristie Fiegen is at 39% and Libertarian candidate Russell Clarke has 5%. 11% of those polled are undecided.