Governor-Elect Kristi Noem says she wants Sioux Falls realtors’ exec and businesswoman Rhonda Milstead of Hartford to fill the District 9 House seat Deb Peters forsook shortly after the election for better employment.
Scott Ehrisman responds favorably, saying Milstead strikes him as a “no nonsense” person with “a very independent spirit.” But on LGBT issues, Milstead sounds more like she’ll follow Noem’s right-wing lead in bigotry. Deb Peters showed real independence by standing up to bigotry and ignorance in her own party, at the cost of taking personal insult from a fellow Republican Senator, and voting against the anti-transgender potty-panic bill of 2016. Milstead supported that bill:
Rhonda Milstead, owner and manager of Falls Overlook Cafe, said she supported the bill and didn’t think the economic toll would meet the hype generated online.
“People get really boisterous on the internet and say all these things, but I don’t think it would really affect the state. I don’t think it would affect my business,” Milstead said [Dana Ferguson, “Transgender Bill’s Critics Threaten Tourism Boycott,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.02.17].
Potty-panicker-in-chief Fred Deutsch (R-4/Florence) has stated, for implausible reasons, that he won’t push the kind of anti-trans legislation this Session that Peters opposed but Noem promised to sign to rouse the right-wing hate base to her side in the 2018 election. But Noem has picked at least one replacement legislator who would flip a 2016 nay to a 2019 yea on a potty-panic bill.