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Bosworth escapes court challenge, but damage is done

by Greg Belfrage

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth dodged a bullet today, but will she survive the war over her petition signatures?

Attorney General Marty Jackley today dismissed the lawsuit challenging certification of Bosworth's nominating petitions. The court isn't able to hear the case until after ballots are printed, so it renders the challenge moot.

Bosworth's signatures were challenged by liberal blogger Cory Heidelberger. He alleged that Bosworth submitted petitions, under oath, which said she personally collected signatures on dates that she was actually out of the country.

Heidelberger makes his case against Bosworth HERE and its fairly damning.

The controversy caught the attention of Republican Representative Steve Hickey. He weighed the evidence and decided Heidelberger was right.

Hickey filed a court affidavit in an effort to block Bosworth's name from appearing on the ballot. However, he withdrew his writ yesterday after learning the court couldn't hear the case until after the ballots were printed.

Get the complete story in the Capital Journal.

This is yet another mess for Bosworth, whose campaign has been plagued by allegations of scandal and wrongdoing.

I've been reflecting a great deal on this situation since it first unfolded. I've been guided by a very simple belief. Oaths matter.

Many people made excuses for former president Bill Clinton when he lied to a federal grand jury about his involvement with Monica Lewinsky.

However, I said, "Oaths matter."

I'll say the very same thing now. Oaths matter.

If you took an oath swearing that people signed petitions in your presence, but you were out of the country at the time...you lied. It's just that simple.

America is starving for principled politicians who will restore the public trust. We've already exceeded our quota on liars.

If Bosworth violated her oath as a petition circulator, how can she be trusted to keep her oath of office as U.S. Senator?

As I've been contemplating Bosworth's petition troubles, I've been recalling the words of Jesus in Luke 16:10.

"The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones."

Greg Belfrage @belfrageshow is heard 6am-9am on KELO 1320 AM and 107.9 FM. Greg can be contacted at greg.belfrage@mwcradio.com.