Mary Martin, chair of the Teton County, Wyoming, Republican Party, says her Jackson Hole Republicans need a bigger shindig than last year’s inaugural “Patriots Dinner”:
The cost to attend the Patriots Dinner has increased from last year’s inaugural event, where tickets went for between $75 and $175.
“We had that as just a party building,” Martin said. “We could get together and have a good time over some hamburgers and hot dogs. However, we need money” [Sophia Boyd-Fliegel, “Noem to Speak at Local GOP Fundraiser,” Jackson Hole News & Guide, 2022.01.24].
The South Dakota Legislature is off Friday, so Noem won’t miss any big votes while she’s off boring the conservative minority in ritzy Jackson Hole. But she is skipping town on Legislative Day 30, February 28, to hang out with friendly coastal elites on Long Island. New York City reporter Jon Campbell tweets that Noem will headline a fundraiser for the New York Republican Party on the first evening of its 2022 state convention:
Long Islanders will also pay $500 for Noem’s boring company, but to get close enough for a picture, they’ll have to shell out $1,500 a person or $2,500 for a couple.
Pictures with Kristi in South Dakota are still free, I think; they’re just getting more rare.