Part-time Governor/full-time Presidential candidate Kristi Noem is filling her out-of-state campaign itinerary for the rest of the summer. Next week Thursday, July 29, she heads to Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a fundraiser she asked Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon to throw for her:
Gov. Mark Gordon and U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis are headlining a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in Cheyenne later this month.
The fundraiser, coordinated by Michigan-based Republican consultants the Templar Baker Group, features former candidates for the Wyoming statehouse, agriculture leaders and other high-profile political figures. It comes as Noem has been floated as a potential candidate for the Republican Party’s 2024 nomination for president.
A representative for Gordon said Noem’s campaign approached him initially, asking Gordon whether he would co-sponsor the reception, and he accepted. Gordon did not request help from Noem for his upcoming re-election campaign, according to his campaign representative Gail Geringer, though he would “certainly welcome it when the time comes,” she wrote in a statement [Nick Reynolds, “Gordon, Lummis to Fundraise for South Dakota’s Noem,” WyoFile, 2021.07.23].
Then on August 23 candidate Noem is off to South Carolina to nuzzle early-primary voters:
Noem will speak Aug. 23 at the “Faith & Freedom BBQ” in Anderson, the event’s host, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, told The Associated Press on Friday.
According to Duncan, who represents South Carolina’s 3rd District, the event is the state’s largest annual gathering of Republicans.
…“Having served with Kristi Noem in Congress, I know first-hand that she is a fighter who believes government was created for the people, and that it shouldn’t run our lives,” Duncan told AP [Meg Kinnard, “Noem to Headline GOP Event in Early-Voting South Carolina,” AP, 2021.07.23].
There’s a strong chance that Noem isn’t really running for President in 2024. All her jet-setting could just be a campaign for Vice-President in 2024 followed by a run for President in 2028 if the white voters the GOP isn’t suppressing choose to Take America Back™ to incompetence and decline with a 2024 ticket of the Insurrectionist-in-Chief and his Cowgirl Nurse. But a gal’s got to be ready for anything, and running around the country in a four-year pageant is a lot more fun than hanging around Pierre and actually solving policy problems.