Former U.S. Senate Candidate Annette Bosworth has been arrested after she allegedly lied on the petitions she filed to get on the ballot for U.S. Senate. Bosworth, seen in the video above discussing the Isla Vista shootings, ran as a Republican. She is charged with Class 6 felonies, which could lead to a maximum of 2 years jail time or $4,000 fines each.
Here’s what you need to know about Bosworth:
1. She Claims she Didn’t Mean to Deceive Anyone
Bosworth held a press conference on Thursday, saying she turned herself in at the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s office after learning a warrant had been issued for her arrest. Her charges relate to signatures she gathered on a mission trip to the Philippines in January, according to The Argus Leader. Bosworth had testified that the signatures she received from residents of South Dakota were recorded in South Dakota. Prosecutors say she committed perjury and falsified documents. Bosworth said South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is prosecuting her politically. According to Bosworth, she said Jackley should recuse himself due to his relationship with former South Dakota governor and current U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Rounds.
During the press conference, Bosworth said, “Simply put, there was no criminal intent to deceive, nor was there any reason to.”
Read the affidavit filed in Bosworth’s case below:
2. She Found out she Lost the Senate Race on National Television
Bosworth found out she lost the Senate race during an interview on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” on Wednesday night. Host Megyn Kelly began the interview reading an AP alert saying Bosworth had lost the election. Bosworth responded that was news to her. You can watch the awkward exchange in the video above.
3. She’s a Doctor
Bosworth owns her own medical practice in Sioux Falls called Meaningful Medicine. She went to medical school at the University of South Dakota and now serves as an assistant professor at the school. She also founded a program called ECHO Kids, or Educating Children for Healthy Outcomes. The program works to reduce childhood obesity rates.
4. She Ran for Office on a 10-Point Pledge
Bosworth ran for office on what she called a 10-point pledge. Some of the issues she hoped to tackle while in office included repealing Obamacare, securing the border and defending the Second Amendment.
5. Her First Court Appearance is June 23
According to The Argus Leader, Bosworth will make her first court appearance on June 23 at the Hughes County Courthouse in Pierre, South Dakota.