A letter that arrived at U.S. Senate candidate Joel Dykstra’s Sioux Falls office today contained baby powder, preliminary tests show.
The letter also contained a threat to either Dykstra’s campaign or Republicans in general, said Jim Sideras, a spokesman for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.
The letter prompted staffers in Dykstra’s office to call 911. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue dispatched a hazardous materials team. Two members of the team suited up and went in the office to test the material with a machine that analyzes chemicals. The preliminary tests showed it was baby powder.
Dykstra joins former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle as recipients of tainted letters though luckily for the Dykstra staffers, his powder turned out to be baby powder.
UPDATE From The Dykstra Campaign:
Dykstra Holding News Conference to Respond to Threating Letter
Sioux Falls, S.D. - Republican Senate Candidate Joel Dykstra will hold a news conference today, Tuesday, August 19 in Sioux Falls to address the threating letter received in today’s mail. The event will be held at the Dykstra for Senate Campaign Headquarters.
For media not able to attend the event there will be a news release, immediately following the news conference on the Dykstra for Senate website at www.joeldykstraforsenate.com or via email.
Dykstra will also be available for one-on-one interviews after the news conference.
Event details, times and location are as follows:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Dykstra for Senate News Conference
Dykstra for Senate Campaign Headquarters
2109 S. Minnesota Ave.
Sioux Falls, S.D.