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Controversial social media posts torpedoes US House bid

Ryan Ryder bows out at request of the South Dakota Democratic Party
Ryan Ryder of Black Hawk was going to challenge Republican Rep. Dusty Johnson but social media...
Ryan Ryder of Black Hawk was going to challenge Republican Rep. Dusty Johnson but social media posts got in the way.(KOTA)
Published: Mar. 3, 2022 at 1:29 PM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - That was a short-lived bid for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat.

In just a day, a Black Hawk Democrat has withdrawn his bid to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Dusty Johnson in November.

Within hours of his announced campaign Wednesday, it was revealed that Ryan Ryder, a lawyer from Black Hawk, had numerous controversial social media posts concerning Johnson as well as Republican Gov. Kristi Noem.

According to a release from the South Dakota Democratic Party, Ryder withdrew at the party’s request.

“The South Dakota Democratic Party has determined it is not appropriate for Mr. Ryder to continue in this race and requested that he end his candidacy, which he has agreed to,” Executive Director Berk Ehrmantraut said in the release.

“These statements from Mr. Ryder do not live up to the values of the South Dakota Democratic Party, and we do not support this type of language,” said SDDP Chair Randy Seiler.

For his part, Ryder said: “While tweets I have made in the past were a poor attempt at sarcastic humor, I recognize that they appear to cross a line.  I regret that I chose to express myself that way.  I apologize specifically to the state party and anyone else for whom these tweets reflected badly.”

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