Governor Kristi Noem so interested in communicating what her administration knows about coronavirus in our state that she flew all the way to Washington D.C. (for the second time this month) to brief Secretary of Health Alex Azar in person:
Governor Noem also made time to brief Vice-President Mike Pence in person:
But she apparently can’t find time to brief the mayor of Rapid City on what the state is doing to measure and check the surging pandemic in South Dakota’s second-largest city.
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender has suspended his weekly press conferences because of what he called a lack of communication with the South Dakota Department of Health.
“I am likely providing delayed or inaccurate information because I don’t have access to better information and I probably never will,” Allender said Wednesday afternoon.
..”I am disappointed with the lack of communication from the department of health,” Allender said. “That expectation is only on our part. We expect information they don’t believe they need to provide.”
…The mayor said it has always been his belief that the currency of public service was open and accurate information.
“People need to have confidence that public servants are open and honest,” he said. “If the state can’t or won’t communicate with us, then we can’t communicate accurately with you” [Kent Bush, “Allender Suspends Weekly Press Conferences Due to Lack of Covid Information from State,” Rapid City Journal, 2020.07.22].
I guess “Freedom™” is Kristi Noem’s code for dumping problems in local government’s lap so she can spend less time distracted by policy and problems here at home and more time pandering to her real constituency, Trump Inc.