U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., was contacted about potentially serving in the Trump administration but has chosen instead to stay in the House of Representatives, according to her spokeswoman.
[Spokeswoman Brittany] Comins additionally provided a written statement from Noem. The statement said, in part, that while it is “an honor to be considered by President-elect Trump to join his administration,” Noem is “convinced the best way for me to help President Trump succeed while also producing the greatest impact for South Dakota is to serve out my two-year term in the House of Representatives” [Seth Tupper, “Noem: Not Interested in US Secretary of Ag Job,” Rapid City Journal, 2016.12.12].
Kristi didn’t announce her gubernatorial bid and transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars from her Congressional campaign fund to her new South Dakota campaign fund just six days after winning her fourth term for nothing.
And come on, people: Rep. Noem worked really hard to get off the House Agriculture Committee; do you really think she wants to get dragged back into farming, especially by a guy like Trump, who if he ever notices agriculture will send out nasty “drain the swamp!” tweets about all the excessive spending on crop insurance and order her to cancel her husband’s job? Get serious.