Republican candidate for governor Kristi Noem plies some presti-mouth-itation this week, bragging up the two late-October TV debates in which the Snow Princess has deigned to appear to duckspeakingly distract us from the fact that she’s refused to face her Democratic challenger Billie Sutton and her Libertarian challenger Kurt Evans in at least eight other debates, including the education debate she skipped a couple weeks ago in Sioux Falls and the traditional staple debates at Dakotafest tomorrow in Mitchell and the State Fair in Huron weekend after next.
The gentle Libertarian campaign of Kurt Evans simply tweets Todd Epp’s report on Noem’s duck dash without comment.
Team Sutton, of course, has a field day with Noem’s duckery, saying she’s apparently ducking her work in Washington, too:
Sutton for South Dakota campaign manager Suzanne Jones Pranger said, “It’s really no surprise Congresswoman Noem isn’t willing to have open debates with Billie Sutton. She hasn’t shown up for her job in Congress, missing more votes this year than 93% of her colleagues in the US House. She hasn’t been showing up in South Dakota either, turning down approximately 87% of all general election public debate and forum invitations. With an attendance record like that, how can South Dakotans trust that she’ll show up for them in the State Capitol?” [Todd Epp, “Noem Says She’ll Attend Two Gubernatorial Debates, Sutton Accepts Ten,” KELO Radio, 2018.08.20]
Jones Pranger points to missed-vote counts compiled by GovTrack, which notes that over her entire career in Congress, Noem has missed 4.1% of roll call votes, well above the median miss rate of 2.4%. This year, through July, Noem has missed 21.9% of roll call votes, placing her, exactly as Jones Pranger said, in the top 7% of her colleagues in not doing her job.
Ducks votes, ducks debates, ducks opportunities to engage with the other side and inform the voters—that’s Kristi Noem. Quack quack.