Well, at least Kristi Noem is keeping her chief of staff’s name hard to spell. Yesterday Noem announced that lawyer, lobbyist, and Deep-State denizen Aaron Scheibe will take over May 1 for departing chief of staff Tony Venhuizen.
Scheibe—ei, spelled and pronounced just like the leading vowels in Einstein and Heidelberger.
Deep State—Scheibe worked for the U.S. State Department for eleven years under Presidents Bush and Obama. Scheibe was staff officer in the Office of the Secretary from January 2012 through November 2013, meaning he prepared briefing materials for Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. (Dang—I’ll bet he’s got some of Hillary’s emails.)
Scheibe’s State Department work also took him to Belarus, Azerbaijan, and probably Romania. Add in Scheibe’s studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and George Washington University in the District of Columbia, and he’s at least as well-traveled and cosmopolitan as Matt Varilek, the man Noem attacked back in 2012 as a globe-trotting internationalist outsider who couldn’t possibly represent South Dakota interests effectively.
Scheibe has shown some good sense on certain Legislative issues, testifying as a lobbyist against the 2020 anti-vaccine bill and as a Noem policy advisor against a 2019 anti-wind power bill. Scheibe didn’t join the Governor’s Office of Economic Development as deputy commissioner until 2014, after most of the scammery of the notorious Rounds-Benda-Bollen EB-5 green-cards-for-sale scandal. But Scheibe’s GOED flunkyism did require him to spin for the state’s mismanagement of that boondoggle. (Ah, EB-5: now there’s the part of Scheibe’s email archive I’d really like to see.)
According to Open.SD.Gov, Scheibe’s old job at GOED appears to now pay current GOED deputy Mary Lehecka Nelson $96,900. The job to which Scheibe ascends May 1 currently pays Venhuizen $142,800. That’s probably not as much as he makes in private practice with his fellow Pierre deep-staters at Moreno, Bachand, Hruska, and Scheibe, but his pals will appreciate their continued access to the inner circle.