Governor Kristi Noem needed to get in front of Jason Ravnsborg’s impeachment and call for his resignation, not only because he’s a lying sack of crap, but also because she has two big fundraisers this weekend, and out-of-state donors might not be as free with their cash if they had questions about why Kristi was covering for a killer.
Last I heard, Governor Noem is headed down to Texas Friday angling for more $4,000 donations from her big Lone Star constituency:
The fours in “44 Farms” stand for “$4,000 from donors as individuals, another $4,000 from your corporate accounts, thank you!”
Host Janet McLaren Salazar is a great-grandchild heiress of the beef barons who launched 44 Farms; she and hubby Orlando are co-owners of the operation. They live in Dallas, a 150-mile plane hop from the 44 Farms site near Cameron, Texas. Orlando Salazar is on the advisory committee for Charlie Kirk’s brownshirts and Kristi-bators at Turning Point USA.
Noem then jets to Florida to join Kirk, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and other insurrectionists and dead-enders at the podium at CPAC. Noem speaks in Orlando Saturday at 3:50 p.m. EST, right after a young athlete who plans a speech titled “My Pronouns Are First Place and Winning: Protecting Women’s Sports.” CPAC, local ordinances, and the hotel require masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus:
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said everyone is expected to wear a mask and follow the county mandate at the event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on International Drive in Orlando.
…Demings said if the county receives complaints, the strike teams will be dispatched to the hotel for a check-up.
“This is not the time for individuals to not wear face coverings. We’ve done a good job in this community to keep the positivity rate low,” he said.
The mayor said if there is non-compliance, the blame will fall primarily on the hotel.
Hyatt issued a statement Tuesday indicating it will be in compliance with COVID rules.
“At Hyatt, the safety and wellbeing of our guests and colleagues is always a top priority,” the statement said. “Hyatt Regency Orlando remains focused on enhancing and enforcing health, safety and security protocols ahead of and during the CPAC 2021 event, and all other events that follow.
“All Hyatt hotels, including Hyatt Regency Orlando, continue to follow COVID-19 local mandates and ordinances, as well as Hyatt policies as part of our Global Care and Cleanliness Commitment. All Hyatt hotels work to inform guests of important local travel guidelines before they arrive and when they check in. All guests attending CPAC are asked to sign a Code of Conduct, developed by CPAC organizers, which includes specifics on Hyatt’s face coverings policy and Orange County, Florida’s face coverings mandate. In addition, the Orange County Fire Marshall has reviewed and approved applicable seating plans from a safety and security perspective.”
CPAC said it plans to do its part as well. Guests will be sent a health questionnaire to complete online beforehand and must show that confirmation when receiving credentials, it said. Temperatures will be checked too, CPAC officials said [Justin Soto, “Mayor Demings Expects CPAC Guests, Organizers to Follow Mask Mandate,” SPectrum News 13, 2021.02.23].
Noem will be flying out of state next weekend, too, back to Florida for a fundraiser at Mar-A-Lago hosted by her friends Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
With all those engagements, the last thing Noem needs right now is bad publicity about her Attorney General getting three misdemeanor charges for a car crash that was his fault and that killed a man. Her South Dakota base may passively accept the notion that members of the SDGOP club should never be held accountable for their mistakes, but farther from the ranch, folks not tied to the Pierre machine may actually question how a governor can allow such a criminal to remain in power. (I know, these are Trump people, but Trump has personality and money, while Jason Ravnsborg has no such advantages to hypnotize out-of-staters.)
Then again, with all those engagements, maybe a little extra publicity and a tardy resignation or lightning impeachment pushed by her unusual release on a state website of police investigation interviews that make Ravnsborg look like a pathetic liar is just the sugar Noem needs to sweeten her pitch to all of her adoring donors in Texas and Florida.