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Trump Dumps Lewandowski Again; Seidel Wonders Why Noem Doesn’t Disavow “Horrible” “Bum”

Governor Kristi Noem has made no comment yet about whether she witnessed her campaign coach Corey Lewandowski’s sexual harassment of a wealthy Republican donor at a charity she and Lewandowski attended in Las Vegas Sunday night. Nor has Noem issued any statement condemning Lewandowski’s seemingly chronic mistreatment of women or assuring the public that Lewandwoski will no longer be involved with her own campaign.

But Team Trump, which canned Lewandowski in 2016, once again swiftly canceled Lewandowski’s affiliation with their female-friendly organization:

Lewandowski’s roles advising Trump included overseeing the principal pro-Trump super PAC, Make America Great Again Action. But Taylor Budowich, a Trump spokesperson, announced on Twitter that Lewandowski was being removed from that job.

“Corey Lewandowski will be going on to other endeavors and we very much want to thank him for his service. He will no longer be associated with Trump World,” Budowich wrote [Alex Isenstadt, “Lewandowski Cast Out of Trump Operation After Allegation of Unwanted Sexual Advances,” Politico, 2021.09.29].

Jane Timken, the Trumpist candidate for whom Noem was campaigning yesterday in Columbus, Ohio, carefully distanced herself from Lewandowski:

There is a Politico story today alleging that Corey Lewandowski sexually harassed a GOP donor. Lewandowski appeared with Timken at an event last month in the Cincinnati area. Timken said she was not familiar with the story, and her staff says he has no role with the campaign [Andrew Tobias, tweet, 2021.09.29].

Former Noem staffer and attack dog Maggie Seidel says it’s “outrageous” that Noem “continues to affiliate herself with Corey Lewandowski” and says Noem’s failure to separate herself from Lewandowski after this latest instance of sexual harassment would signal that Noem has real problems:

Lewandowski, who Seidel deems a “bum,” has been in Noem’s orbit since she became the state’s first female governor, but the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump ingratiated himself in her inner circle around the time of her Mount Rushmore speech with the former president on July 3 of last year. With Lewandowski’s help, Noem quickly became a rising star in the GOP, considered not just a top contender for 2024, but also briefly rumored to replace Vice President Mike Pence on Trump’s 2020 ticket. The telegenic Noem has also become a consistent presence on cable news since the start of the pandemic.

Although, as Seidel put it, Lewandowski “gave her access” to the resources and riches of Trumpworld, he clashed with her staff. Prior to the 2020 election, the New York Times reported that Noem’s second chief-of-staff, Joshua Shields, quit “in part because of the increased role” of Lewandowski.

…”He’s horrible,” Seidel said of Lewandowski. “She’s not stupid. She knows that. He gave her access — I’m assuming that’s why he kept her around. But if this doesn’t sever the relationship, God, does she have bigger problems” [Tiana Lowe, “Former Top Noem Staffer: Lewandowski ‘Horrible’ and ‘A Bum’, But No Way Did Governor Cheat on Husband,” Washington Examiner, 2021.09.29].

Seidel makes clear that Lewandowski created friction and cost Noem staff in Pierre. If Noem keeps hanging around Lewandowski after his sexual harassment of a rich GOP donor, that staining association may damage her value as a coast-to-coast campaigner.

Update 11:41 CDT: Angela Kennecke gets Noem spokesboy Ian Fury to say this morning that Lewandowski “will not be advising the Governor in regard to the campaign or official office.”


  1. Guy 2021-09-30 08:52

    Cory, I don’t care about this. What I care about is the possible abuse of power case involving Noem and the Department of Labor over Sherry Bren’s forced retirement. The Attorney General is currently investigating it and more legislators and citizens have come out with concerns over what Noem did last summer. There is definitely something here that also involves a $200,000 payout, called a “retirement settlement”.

  2. Loren 2021-09-30 08:55

    Ahhh, once they’ve seen the big city, it’s hard to keep ’em down on the farm. Tell me Kristi gives one hoot about SD and not just her national image. Uh huh… ;-)

  3. Vi Kingman 2021-09-30 09:02

    This should also end her hopes of winning reelection but I don’t know if South Dakota voters will agree.

  4. Guy 2021-09-30 09:06

    Vi, if Cory and the media need to continue their focus on the possible abuse of power case involving Sherry Bren. Legislators need to continue to push their concerns over that case rather than get diverted by this garbage. If we can do that and insure the investigation continues into what happened involving Bren, then a lot of South Dakota voters are going to begin to question Noem’s actions. Cory, do NOT get sidetracked by the gossip over this other crap.

  5. larry kurtz 2021-09-30 09:09

    n 2018 South Dakota ranked 50th in women’s ‘workplace environment‘ and 38th overall in WalletHub’s Best & Worst States. The red moocher state climbed to 32nd in 2019 but sank again in 2020 to surf the bottom for women’s equality at 38th and 41st in empowerment.

    Kristi Noem has never supported the Violence Against Women Act and if her #metoo abusers were Democrats she’d be singing like a cardinal.

  6. O 2021-09-30 09:14

    Again, a glimmer of light for the hope that the GOP is capable of introspection, that they can choose how level of corruption they will allow their leaders to drag them down to by association.

    As a LONg time resident of SD, I can remember when I disagreed with my GOP friends on matters of policy, but the fanaticism of the MAGA/NRA/Tea Party . . . has left them people incapable of seeing anything beyond their spoon-fed derisions and lies.

  7. Guy 2021-09-30 09:16

    Cory, think long and hard about what I’m telling you…you need to stay away from the affair gossip. When the media and bloggers include their focus on gossip, it rubs-off on their credibility. The affair gossip actually works in Kristi’s favor. She can use it to continue to play the victim card and question media/blogger credibility. Focusing on the affair gossip makes the media and bloggers look like the National Enquirer while diverting attention away from the Sherry Bren case. Credibility is very important in maintaining trust with the public who the media/bloggers are trying to inform over the possible abuse of power case. If the public views media/bloggers as if they are just National Enquirer rags than it plays right into Kriti’s victim narrative that they are untrustworthy and come up with gossip to attack her. Now back to the possible abuse of power case. Please, don’t get sidetracked by this affair gossip.

  8. Guy 2021-09-30 09:30

    Cory, makes you wonder why this affair gossip story is coming out at the exact same time as the Attorney General begins to investigate Kristi Noem over possible abuse of power charges. Was the affair gossip planted to divert attention away from the Sherry Bren matter? Think about that, Cory. Let’s NOT play into this diversion.

  9. Donald Pay 2021-09-30 09:47

    Uh, when you associate with sexual predators like Lewandowski and Trump, you give a window into your lack of judgement and character. The way Trump treated women is the same way he treated the United States of America: eff ’em and forget ’em. This isn’t just a Republican problem. Bill Clinton had predatory behavior as well, and wasn’t my cup of tea as President, either, though I did vote for him given the alternative. Of course, we heard all the sanctimonious tsk, tsking about Clinton from the likes of Newt Gingrich, who was carrying on his own trysts, while he was effing the US as well. Then the next Republican House leader was another sexual predator, and their was another one, can’t remember their names anymore, who liked boys.

    Ah, character. It means nothing, really, does it, Guy? Whether Noem is screwing Lew isn’t my issue. She can boink however she wants, have an orgy with Lew, Trump and the Russian piss queens, as long as her activities don’t interfere with her governance. And THAT is the issue, isn’t it? Have there been more dead South Dakotans because Noem is, how to put it politely, “distracted?”

  10. Guy 2021-09-30 10:10

    Donald, I don’t understand what you just said because none of it makes any sense, but the focus is on the investigation into possible abuse of power charges regarding Sherry Bren and that’s where it should remain.

  11. Guy 2021-09-30 10:14

    . . And let me clarify my last statement: the focus should remain on the abuse of power charges involving Governor Noem, in regards to the forced retirement of Sherry Bren and the $200,000 “retirement settlement”.

  12. WillyNilly 2021-09-30 10:15

    I don’t care much about politician’s sex lives… as long as it doesn’t involve the vulnerable. If they have consenting encounters, who cares? What I care about is their governance of the city, county, state and country. Their sexual activities may be a window into their character though. Everyone knew what Trump was based on his business and personal activities. If the media had good sense they would focus on governance, abuse of power, lies and manipulations. Much of South Dakota media is focused on ‘commercial news’ leaving the political news uncovered except for an occasional blurb now and then. The local paper is a shade of what it once was and not worth a dollar for a 6 month subscription. If it weren’t for the bloggers, people wouldn’t even know what questions to ask.

  13. Ryan 2021-09-30 11:00

    Guy – why do you feel entitled to dictate the content of this blog? Cory has an article on the corruption piece you want, go read it there, quit telling him not to work on other stories, too. Or write your own blog mr. bossy pants. you aren’t the main character everywhere.

  14. Donald Pay 2021-09-30 11:14

    Guy, you write about what you want. I’ll write about what I want. I’ve never been a one-issue person, so I’ll focus on multiple fronts and you can hone down on the Bren issue. I agree that the Noem bullying of Bren is a big issue. It ain’t the only one. Noem is an embarrassment on many fronts.

  15. Guy 2021-09-30 11:20

    Ryan that’s not how I meant to come off. I just feel that focusing on salacious gossip about affairs is not helping matters. It does have an effect on credibility. Right now, credibility is very important when we’re dealing with serious issues like possible abuse of power. I find the affair gossip was planted on purpose to divert attention away from the Sherry Bren case. It would be very an unfortunate for the tax payers of South Dakota if Kristi once again successfully plays the victim card on the affair gossip story and the abuse of power in the Bren case just fades away.

  16. sx123 2021-09-30 11:54

    Well, that was fast: the dumping of Lewandowski by Noem.
    I can’t wait to hear what Lewandowski says about all this. Haven’t heard much from him.

  17. James 2021-09-30 11:55

    This whole affair story is designed as a distraction

  18. Mark Anderson 2021-09-30 12:11

    But, but everyone, he’s got a big one, he said so himself. He’s just dealing in facts. Just ignore the $200,000 payment, its old news already.

  19. M 2021-09-30 12:13

    Hey Guy, you add all of Kristi’s issues of late with her 20 plus speeding tickets etc from the past and a certain picture starts to emerge. An investigative journalist should dig up her actions from “the congressional years” and smear her big time when she runs for anything.

    ALL the attendees in my prayer group voted for her last time because they are Republicans, however they will NOT vote for her ever again because of her character. For some, it was allowing concealed weapons without a license because we have a shelter here from so much domestic abuse and of course what she has done to Pierre with security at the capitol and a wall around the governors house. For them, she’s gone down hill ever since.

  20. ska sunka 2021-09-30 12:20

    To paraphrase the immortal Captain Renault, I’m shocked, SHOCKED, to find that Corey Lewandowski behaves this way!

    As the scorpion once said, you knew what I was…

  21. Donald Pay 2021-09-30 13:05

    I’m not so sure how fast that was, sx123. She’s about the last one to let go of Lew’s 3 inches.

  22. Donald Pay 2021-09-30 13:11

    That Ian Fury statement was rather deceptive. Lew, until yesterday when the “bombshell” exploded, was a big wheel in Trump’s superpac. He was working for Trump, doing Trump’s bidding to get Noem ready for prime time for a VP slot on Trump’s ticket. None of Lew’s work was going to be on Noem’s dime, at least not until she announced. No one was under any illusion what Lew was doing, Mr. Fury. He was pimping Noem to the Republicans.

  23. Yvonne 2021-09-30 13:14

    Our Governor…Converted, but carnal, just as Paul told the Corinthians in I Corinthians 3, “You are yet carnal.” They were converted people, just as Lot was. Lot saw the beauty of the land and realized that it would produce wealth, chosing to ignore the evil that was plainly visible to anyone who cared to notice it.
    Our Governor has been tempted and eaten up by the part of the world of political fame that satisfies her self serving grandiose personality which everyone on the sidelines knows all about…corruption web of lies and lustful immorality(not such sexual) the political arena is known for.
    Been this way since the beginning of time.
    It’s called sin. Any self proclaimed God fearing person would not fall into this trap unless the intentions were their in the beginning and were purposely hidden. Sounds evil doesn’t it? Well, it is and it’s all around us.
    Carnality emphasizes the irreducibly productive nature of consumption as an articulatory practice in its own right. Politics of edibility not only recognizes the superficiality of the body/environment and eater/eaten dichotomies but it also respects the relations generated in the wake of their deconstruction.
    Look at history. It all ends in self destruction because superficial people are self destructive in their own sense of their little world of grandiosity. It’s called PRIDE.

  24. Porter Lansing 2021-09-30 13:29

    Where’d you come from, Guy and why are you here?

    You could be a GOP plant, for all we know and all you say.

    What gives you the presence here to tell Mr. Heidelberger what to write in a blog, that you should be paying to comment in.

  25. Bonnie B Fairbank 2021-09-30 13:55

    Thank you for the Politico link, mike from iowa. I chortled at the name “Herbster.” I could just hear one of my old office mates saying “Ol’ Herbster in HR thinks it’s fine to beat your young’uns as long as you don’t make ’em bleed.”

    And I truly thought Kristi Lynn would totally disavow C.L. and say something fatuous like “Louie N. Dowski? Nope, never heard of him.”

    Life is ashes, just ashes.

  26. Guy 2021-09-30 15:11

    Porter I don’t have to explain myself to you. I sufficiently explained my concerns of focusing on the wrong issues of gossip. The media needs to stay focused on covering the possible abuse of power investigations being conducted by both the Attorney General and the state legislature government operations and audit committee.

  27. Guy 2021-09-30 15:17

    I just read in the news that the State Legislature Government Operations and Audit Committee has just started their own investigation into the issues surrounding the Governor’s meeting with Sherry Bren and her forced retirement that followed that meeting months later.

  28. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-09-30 15:42

    Let’s be clear: Noem’s association with predator Lewandowski is significant. Noem was at the event in Las Vegas Sunday night where multiple people witnessed Lewandowski’s offensive drunken behavior. If she saw Lewandowski behaving in that fashion, she should have publicly condemned him and dumped him from her campaign team immediately.

    But her spokesboy has now said Lewandowski is no longer helping with the campaign, so good.

    Now, will Noem get back to the office and start dealing with the abuses of power going on Pierre, or will she just keep criss-crossing the country focusing on her national profile instead of governing this state?

  29. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-09-30 15:44

    Guy, on GOAC: chairman Kyle Schoenbeck said GOAC’s October agenda is already full but “I think it might be something that we actually look at” in November. That’s not the start of an investigation; that’s a signal that they will consider it.

    If the Governor were in Pierre focusing on her job, she’d be better able to control this outbreak of scandal.

  30. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-09-30 15:46

    And read more carefully, Guy: I have stayed away form the affair rumor. I have given it no credence here. You’ll notice I didn’t even link to the original article making the allegation. I’m not talking about rumors; I’m reporting sexual harassment reported by a Republican donor and witnessed by multiple individuals at an event where Noem was present and Noem’s subsequent relatively slow response to the news that a close campaign advisor was engaged again in bad behavior toward women.

  31. grudznick 2021-09-30 17:41

    Mr. Guy, blog-boy Mr. H has stayed away from the affair rumor. grudznick can confirm.

  32. ArloBlundt 2021-09-30 18:15

    Well…In a story that only quotes from Governor Noem and her official spokesperson, Ian Furt, the Argus Leader is reporting that the Governor has dismissed Corey Lewandowski from her campaign. Fury goes to great length to insist that Lewandowski was an “unpaid volunteer” Please…hired guns like Lewandowski don’t work for nothing. They print verbatim Noem’s denial of any “hanky-panky” but, if course, that had nothing to do with his dismissal (not resignation).The Argus buries the story on its web page. It is the eighth story listed though the SPANIOSH version is listed first in the upper right hand corner. What a rag!!!

  33. DeeJayBeejr 2021-09-30 18:20

    I love rumors! Pony Girl doesn’t “disavow” him because they are diddling each other on the side!!

  34. Guy 2021-09-30 19:11

    Cory, you are correct. I should have read your post about this a little more carefully and I am happy you didn’t link to the story about the affair gossip. You do focus on the issues that matter, like the Bren case and that’s what I like about you and your blog. I just don’t like to even focus on the other Corey. I maintain that gossip story was BIG DISTRACTION that KeloLand and Dakota News Now should stay away from. Kristi Noem plays off that stuff and uses it to elicit sympathy for her while she’s involved in some other very questionable activity like the meeting she involved her daughter in regards to Bren. We have very serious allegations that need to be thoroughly investigated by our state legislature and the Attorney General. I do not care about her personal life. What I do care about is when state employees are subject to personal vendettas. It irks me when any public official abuses their power and state employees pay the price for that abuse. We need an investigation to find out if their was abuse of power in the Bren case. It is totally unacceptable and if an investigation finds there was an abuse of power, followed by a cover-up involving state funds, that is a CLEAR IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE. Cory, you continue to do an excellent job in laying out the facts of what happened regarding Sherry Bren and her forced retirement. Some people on this blog thought I was “dictating” how you run it. Maybe I came off sounding like I was, but, that was not my intention. I’m very concerned that the affair gossip that the media is running with will be used once again to distract us from this latest episode of very questionable activity in the Governor’s office in regards to what happened to Sherry Bren. Bren has since come out publicly saying she never intended to retire when she did.

  35. Guy 2021-09-30 19:17

    Arlo, that is what concerns me: what you just brought up by our state media now burying the Bren case by focusing on the affair. I would like to see Cory and Tom Lawerence (South Dakota Standard) call out and hold our state media to a high standard on this issue. If our state media cares anything about government corruption in South Dakota, they will stop entertaining the affair gossip and get back to digging on the Bren case.

  36. grudznick 2021-09-30 19:32

    Mr. Guy, you should blog a bit more about the affair gossip. grudznick finds it entertaining.

  37. Guy 2021-09-30 19:35

    Cory, you said: “If the Governor were in Pierre focusing on her job, she’d be better able to control this outbreak of scandal.” Cory, I respectfully disagree that Kristi should “be able to control this outbreak of scandal”. If she is involved in these serious allegations, we need a thorough investigation and if the allegations are true, there finally needs to be some accountability.

  38. Guy 2021-09-30 19:39

    Grudz, you might find it entertaining, but I clearly don’t. Meanwhile, we have some serious allegations that need to be looked in to by state officials. Once again, I don’t give two hoots about Kristi’s personal life. What I find holy unacceptable is: abuse of power. We can only find that out if we have ethical state officials and media who are willing to investigate the issue surrounding Sherry Bren and Noem’s meeting that led to her departure. Do we have state officials or a media that cares enough to dig into this?

  39. ArloBlundt 2021-09-30 20:05

    Well..Guy…I accept the Governor’s denial of hanky panky on its face…I have no reason not to. It and the sudden Lewandowski dismissal are “NEWS”, a man bites dog story, but I’m sure it will be a one day story in the Argus and I doubt KELO would touch it with a ten foot pole. The Bren story is probably more indicative of Mrs. Noem’s management style and leads us to believe it is not an isolated instance. Some experienced political professionals have resigned from the administration and one might assume that frustration with Mrs. Noem’s decision making was the cause. Once news starts dribbling out of the closed environment of the Governor’s office, Mrs. Noem is likely to issue dictatorial edicts to “stop the leaks”. That strategy rarely works. The toothpaste is out of the tube.

  40. grudznick 2021-09-30 20:09

    All she has to do, Mr. Blundt, is swat down a couple more of the people not following the chain of command, thin the herd a bit, and the rest will have to fall in line. Not everybody is independently wealthy like Ms. Bren and that long in the tooth and can just go home and relax on the porch with a lemonade and chuckle. I expect there are a bunch of state minions that need their pay checks and are cowering in the dark. It’s funny you don’t hear their Union guy piping up about this. Do you think the employee union condones this?

  41. Guy 2021-09-30 20:10

    Arlo, “management style” and “abuse of power” are two different things. One is acceptable and one is criminal. That is why we need a thorough investigation from ETHICAL state officials who care about ETHICS and ESTABLISHED LAW. These are serious allegations and they deserve to be investigated.

  42. Guy 2021-09-30 20:13

    Arlo, you are correct that some “tooth paste” has oozed out of the tube. Now, is the Governor going to be forthcoming and stop with the defensive tweets trying to dodge and elicit sympathy in an attempt to deflect from this issue over Sherry Bren? If not, we need an ethical and responsible state legislature to join the Attorney General in finding out what really happened in addition to what we already know.

  43. Genie 2021-09-30 20:16

    Time for Guy to go get your own blog and stay off of this one. Cory, you do a great job and don’t need a “want to be blogger” who wants to contradict everything and take up space.

  44. grudznick 2021-09-30 20:16

    Did you fellows listen to the fine meeting of the legislatures the other day about reigning back the demon weed?

  45. Guy 2021-09-30 20:18

    Sherry Bren recently came forth and said she did NOT intend to retire when she did. She said she was planning on retiring a “couple years from now.” In light of what we know now, if I were Bren, I would return the $200,000 to the state of South Dakota and explain what went down. As Cory has previously suggested, Bren just needs to tell the truth and that would not violate any disparaging agreement she made with the state. In addition, if she returns the money, it completely takes away any hold the Department of Labor has over her.

  46. grudznick 2021-09-30 20:19

    Darn right she should return the money!

  47. grudznick 2021-09-30 20:20

    Minus the well earned lawyer and PR firm fees, of course.

  48. Guy 2021-09-30 20:23

    Genie, I having nothing against Cory. He’s doing a superb job in exposing the facts of this issue. It’s strange some people just want me to shut-up when we are so close to finding out something is not right in Pierre. I thought you people wanted the truth exposed about Noem. But, now I’m beginning to wonder? Do you want Noem to stay in power for another term so you can just complain about her constantly? I truly want answers and a resolution to all of this crap. I’m not interested in another term of Noem and the circus that surrounds her. Like Cory has said, we need a FULL-TIME governor that puts the interests of South Dakota citizens ahead of their personal agendas.

  49. ArloBlundt 2021-09-30 20:32

    Grudz–there is no state employee’s union. None. Never was…never will be. There is an in-house “Association” that has lunch and ponders the Retirement System. Employee “rights” such as they are, are included in the regulations and procedures of the Personnel Department or whatever they call it now. Pierre is a small town and state employees at the “grunt” level have incredible loyalty to each other. They are a crafty, intelligent bunch,Grudz, and they are paid peanuts and are very underappreciated. They have watched personalities like Noem come and go for years.She needs to understand that they can do more to her than she can do to them.

  50. grudznick 2021-09-30 20:44

    I have read about this union, Mr. Blundt, in the newspapers just recently. You make it sound like there is a Deep State in Pierre that runs what really happens, sir. And that it does so without puppet masters in the union. I find this Deep State idea intriguing but suspect there is a cabal behind its management, and that this cabal had an axe to grind with Ms. Bren or they would have saved her.

  51. ArloBlundt 2021-09-30 21:21

    Grudz-you are whistling in the dark and obviously haven’t spent much time around Pierre or if you did, you only knew the “politicos”, a different breed of cat from state employees who do the people’s work.There is no “Deep State” just . If anything, a large group of family people who support their church, go to their kids ball games, and volunteer in countless community organizations. A more Rock Solid group of South Dakotans you will never meet. Any so called Union will not be a player…there is no negotiated agreement. If anything, the Association attempts a respectable constructive conversation with the administration. Period. But..the toothpaste is out of the tube and Governor Noem can’t put it back in. The Johnson law firm and other aggressive lawyers around the state are open for business and taking calls. The Governor had better mend fences. After all. it took the Johnson firm , LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS, to effect a respectable financial settlement for Ms. Bren. The state’s lawyers (who I assume were assistant Attorney Generals assigned to the Department) were more than willing to settle. I believe they knew that the Bren case could become an age discrimination action by the federal Office of Civil Rights Enforcement. They wisely decided to forego that possibility.

  52. grudznick 2021-09-30 21:37

    I have little respect for church goers, Mr. Blundt. Religion is for the weak minded, and toothpaste is for those with teeth.

  53. ArloBlundt 2021-09-30 21:39

    Grudz–Google South Dakota State Emploees Union and you will get the South Dakota State Employees Organization..a voluntary association.Look at the officers picture. Quite a “Cabal” as you call them..They look to me like a pretty typical group of South Dakotans, who put in a conscientious days work and would like to receive the respect of their fellow South Dakotans… ..which they so justly deserve.

  54. John 2021-10-01 07:56

    It never ceases amazing me how the willfully blind SD legislators are incapable of finding any of the massive corruption in the state’s executive branch.
    The only thing that explains the complete failure of the SD legislators for find the corruption is their complicity.

  55. O 2021-10-01 08:22

    Is Governor Noem’s NEW ethical standard of breaking of ties with a sexual predators going to be applied to Donald Trump? Or does moral outrage only apply to underlings?

  56. P 2021-10-01 08:25

    Does anyone else have issues with state law allowing for non-disclosure payouts? Or, how about the worthless “open-records” law allowing for no response?

  57. jerry 2021-10-01 10:34

    O, Bingo! You pretty much nailed it.

  58. O 2021-10-01 10:51

    How do these controversies boil over at the same time: coincidence or coordinated assault? (From an insider who is bitter that the governor had a moral epiphany to call for your impeachment — appearing to take the moral high ground at your expense?)

  59. MD 2021-10-01 11:44

    “Corey was always a volunteer, never paid a dime (campaign or official). He will not be advising the Governor in regard to the campaign or official office,” said Ian Fury, a Noem spokesman.

    Who was she giving $185,000 in consulting fees to?

    This smells wrong – is there any way to get an itemized list of who was being paid for the consulting? Or is this an expedient way to lie knowing they don’t have to disclose these funds?

  60. Eve Fisher 2021-10-01 13:01

    BTW, am I the only one who reacted to Ian Fury’s comment: ““Corey was always a volunteer, never paid a dime (campaign or official).” by thinking, “So you are saying he did it for love…”

  61. mike from iowa 2021-10-01 15:49

    Now Noem is blaming Bren claiming she didn’t succeed in streamlining system. Noem wants more, under prepared appraisers. That ought to work out well.

  62. Guy 2021-10-01 16:31

    Mike, BIG SURPRISE…Noem blames everyone else but HERSELF. Everyone is to blame for Kristi Noem not getting what SHE wants.

  63. Guy 2021-10-01 16:37

    Media, Men, & now Bren are to blame for “poor” little Kristi’s bad week….Anyone see the pattern here?

  64. Donald Pay 2021-10-01 16:47

    Eve Fisher, Since Noem is not a declared candidate at this point, she doesn’t come under the federal disclosure requirements. Lew is likely being paid by Trump or by some deep pockets slimeball to “volunteer” for Noem. There are all sorts of ways, besides sex, that Lew can be compensated. We also know that when Trump cuts ties with someone publicly, it can mean little or nothing. People who have supposedly left Trump’s orbit have been found to have been continuing to be paid after the public announcement of that person’s departure. I suspect Fury;s statement is sleight of hand. Lew may not be “advising” Noem in the future, but he may be providing helpful suggestions.

  65. cibvet 2021-10-01 16:51

    Looks more like an ear nibble than a cheek kiss.

  66. O 2021-10-01 17:20

    I assume that picture shows him acting as a trusted advisor, telling the Governor, “Watch our for the next guy; he can get a bit handsy.”

    Just my take.

  67. ArloBlundt 2021-10-01 20:37

    Well…Fury’s statement that Lewandowski has been a volunteer for the Noem campaign is a total pile of balderdash. Political “consultants” like Lewandowski do not altruistically donate their time and talent…it is their bread and butter. As Donald Pay points out there are a dozen ways Lewandowski’s pay check and expenses can be hidden…dozens of PACs and interest groups, wealthy donors, and women’s clubs who can provide the funds. Governor Noem need not sign his check….he could certainly receive a stipend from Americans for Prosperity or Concerned Women of America.

  68. mike from iowa 2021-10-02 19:03

    According to aggrieved Lewandowski victim and drumpf donor’s wife, in Las Vegas, he claimed to have told her he committed several stabbing deaths in Boston as a younger thug.

    Would not surprise me.

  69. quiche queen 2021-10-04 14:23

    Drum roll…and now SD land “investments” featured in the Pandora Papers.
    Might hint at the urgency of Gov Kristi pushing for her 26 yo daughter’s appraiser’s license.
    Couldn’t the daughter just study more and retake the test?

    I am New Jersey.stomping mad that Mrs Odom experienced such a horrible man. What I do not understand is where were the men? That vicious abuser.needed an escort to parking the lot and beating the excrement out of him. Thought male chivalry and protecting women were important.

  70. Bonnie B Fairbank 2021-10-05 18:08

    quiche queen. In my experience male chivalry does not nor has ever existed, and exploiting and abusing women has always been more important than protecting them. Historically speaking. As an amateur historian.

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