Candidate Kristi Noem vowed to fight government bloat by “look[ing] to scrub each agency, refocusing and streamlining existing departments….”
If you believed that… well, I’ll avoid insults and simply ask you to stop believing it and read how Governor Kristi Noem justifies adding another spokesperson to her office’s payroll:
Joshua Shields explained Thursday what’s happening. He has been communications director for Noem since she took office January 5. He said he’s getting a new title — chief of policy and communications — and will continue to oversee the communications team and continue to serve on the governor’s executive team.
“After session, we assessed our staffing needs and determined that another communications professional was needed to help round out the team and ensure we can deliver on Governor Noem’s commitment to be the most connected governor our state’s ever had,” Shields said in an email [Bob Mercer, “Emily Kiel Moves to Governor’s Communications Staff,” KELO-TV, 2019.05.16].
Really? Governor Noem needs yet another person to communicate for her? Does Kristi Noem really have a whole person’s worth of important things to say than Dennis Daugaard, or Marion Michael Rounds, or Bill Janklow, or anyone else who did the job before her?
Well, at least Kristi didn’t hire her other daughter for this new state job. But the bigger Noem makes state government, the smaller her promises and performance look.