- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

She may be a long shot to win the South Dakota primary on June 3, but Republican Senate candidate Annette Bosworth has decided to shine a light on the sexism she’s encountered on the campaign trail.

Ms. Bosworth called a press conference Tuesday for a “mature audience” only, and when reporters arrived at the Sioux Falls storefront, they found her campaign signs that had been spray painted with obscene insults covering the the venue, according to Talking Points Memo.

As the press conference unfolded, Ms. Bosworth revealed that she had directed her campaign volunteers to search online for the sexist sentiments that had been directed at her, and to spray them on the signs.

“What you see around you are the words which have been written about me on blogs, on the Internet throughout this campaign,” Ms. Bosworth said during the live-streaming press conference. “They are hateful, they are hurtful and no person should have to endure it. It is its own form of abuse. But this is the filth that has been written about me during this election.”

Ms. Bosworth called the atmosphere of the election “oppressive,” “offensive” and “overwhelming.”

“The misogyny is real. Go to the shootings in California. Look around. South Dakota is not unique. Our country has a problem,” she said.

She also took Democrats to task for their mistreatment of conservative women.

“Their message is clear: Conservative women are fair game. If you are female and a Republican, anything goes,” she said.

Ms. Bosworth is one of five Republicans vying to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson on Nov. 4.