By Julissa Catalan
A Republican Senate candidate compared poor people receiving food stamps to animals in a post on her Facebook profile page Monday.
Dr. Annette Bosworthwho promotes herself as the “tested trusted conservative” with “conservative values”is running in the Republican primary to succeed Senator Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
The Facebook post read:
“The food-stamp program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They proudly report that they distribute free meals and food stamps to over 46 million people on an annual basis.
“Meanwhile, the National Park Service, run by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us ‘please do not feed the animals.’ Their stated reason for this policy being that the animals will grow dependent on the handouts, and then they will never learn to take care of themselves. This concludes today’s lesson. Any questions”
Currently, Bosworth is running third in the race, with former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds and State Representative Stace Nelson ahead for the Republican nomination.
The House of Representatives, which is Republican controlled, passed a farm bill in January that cut about $800 million a year, or about 1 percent, from the $80 billion food-stamp program.
Many are criticizing Bosworth for her no tolerance stance on food stamps and the poor considering her own economic troubles.
According to Raw Story, Bosworth’s campaign is $5,000 in debt.
Some of her former employees have also come out and said that she owes them back pay.
The state attorney general’s office has received complaints by people who say they purchased raffle tickets for her non-profit organization, yet no drawings were ever held.
Bosworth has publicly stated that she was forced to sell most of her families possessions in order to keep her medical practice open following a settlement over a licensing issue with the state board two years ago.
She was ordered to pay $14,000 after her office was accused of submitting Medicaid claims for non-covered services for children she gave medical treatment to in Sioux Falls shelters.