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Bosworth Says Political Comments Harsh Against Her, Women

(NPN) Standing in front of a hand painted “anarchy” symbol, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth held an unorthodox news conference in a small, sweltering storefront in Sioux Falls and condemned what she says are profane comments about her.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth prepares to address the media Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Sioux Falls. NPN Photo by Todd Epp, used with permission

In addition to the anarchy symbol, the Sioux Falls doctor stood in front of a couple offensive terms for women. She recited a list of current and past Republican and Democratic women politicians and candidates who she says have also endured nasty comments.

She called them women who dared to challenge established power.

But mostly, she claims the non-family friendly words were aimed at her.

“These are words written about me on blogs,” Bosworth said. “They are hateful, they are in anger, they are a form of abuse.”

She also called the news conference setting—a small room with floor-to-ceiling hand painted posters with offensive language on them that she said her artists found online about her–“an exhibit.”

She also challenged reporters to Google the male candidates in the U.S. Senate race to see that they have not been referred to in similarly offensive terms.

Bosworth began the news conference by asking everyone to close their eyes—“it’s not a prayer”—she joked, while she talked about her young son Walker supporting his mother and coming across to untoward comments online.

The Republican candidate did take some questions from reporters and supporters. When asked several times about whether she was in the country when her nominating petitions say she was gathering signatures in South Dakota, she refused to give a direct answer.

She also asked her staff if they had all been paid in response to a question about non-payment of some of her medical and campaign staff. They chimed “yes” in unison.

Bosworth is one of five Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate nomination next Tuesday in the South Dakota primary election.

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