Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde was cited by a Dane County sheriff’s deputy for allowing his daughter and a dog to be pulled behind his boat, without taking necessary safety precautions.
According to the citation, Hovde was pulling his daughter and a dog in a tube behind his boat June 24, without having a safety observer aboard the boat.
Authorities said Hovde told deputies he knew an observer was needed.
To be sure, Eric Hovde being cited for a boating safety violation isn’t a huge, epic, or monumental thing, but I can’t help but think of the kind of tragedy that could have occurred as a result of Hovde willfully ignoring boating safety regulations. I’ve done a fair bit of skiing/kneeboarding/tubing behind a boat in my day, and I know that having an observer in the boat is important for the safety of the person being pulled.
Is Eric Hovde’s willful disregard for the rules (in this case, boater safety regulations) indicative of the kind of poor decision-making he’d bring to the United States Senate?