A state senator has abandoned his previously announced plans to impeach South Dakota’s secretary of state. Sen. Stan Adelstein, R-Rapid City, has clashed publicly with Secretary of State Jason Gant for much of the past year, even requesting a criminal investigation of Gant, a Sioux Falls Republican. When that investigation by Attorney General Marty Jackley cleared Gant of any criminal wrongdoing, Adelstein said he was considering impeaching Gant instead. But now Adelstein says he’s given up on that plan. “I’m not going to fool with it any more,” Adelstein said. “If no one else cares, then why should I?”
An investigation has cleared Secretary of State Jason Gant and a former employee of criminal wrongdoing. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday that the Division of Criminal Investigation found no evidence that Gant or former operations manager Pat Powers broke state law. He said the DCI interviewed witnesses, obtained additional documentation from Gant’s 2010 run for office and searched more than 60,000 emails and 150,000 Internet usage entries from the Secretary of State’s office. “These were serious allegations that were taken seriously,” Jackley said.