KSFY’s Austin Goss is keeping good track of where Governor Kristi Noem is doing her part in her statewide collaboration with Senate President Pro-Tem Lee Schoenbeck (R-5/Lake Kampeska) to replace more radical conservatives with more pliable moderates. On Friday, Goss noted that Noem has endorsed primary challengers Jesse Fonkert and Ken Teunissen over hard right-wing incumbent Representative Bethany Soye of Sioux Falls in the District 9 House race:
Goss also catches Noem endorsing newcomer Republicans Larry Larson and Liz Regalado in the District 35 House primary over incumbent right-wingers Reps. Tony Randolph and Tina Mulally:
Goss notes that both Larson and Regalado “have been registered as Democrats at one point or another in the last 4 years” and that Larson just switched his registration to Republican at the end of 2021.
The Noem campaign put out a press release a couple weeks ago saying “the media is lying again when they say I am working to ‘purge’ the legislature of certain members,” but there she is in Districts 9 and 35, working to purge three certain members of the House, just as we saw a few days ago that she is working in District 3 to purge one certain member of the Senate.
Once again, Kristi Noem projects her own deceitfulness onto journalists who are just trying to report the facts. Why not just tell the truth, Kristi? You think certain Republicans should not be in the Legislature, and you are helping their opponents’ campaigns. What’s wrong with admitting that obvious fact?