Governor Kristi Noem flew to Washington, D.C., last week to flog her book, her lies, and her Presidential campaign. Bob Mercer notes that she chose this self-promoting Beltway tour over meeting fellow governors in Idaho:
The Noem administration sent one person to Idaho last week for the annual summer meeting of the Western Governors Association. Meanwhile Governor Kristi Noem spent those same days in Washington, D.C., speaking to conservative audiences as a possible Republican candidate for U.S. president or vice president and holding book-signings for her new political memoir [Bob Mercer, “Noem Chose DC Campaign Trip over WGA Meeting,” KELO-TV, 2022.08.05].
Gee, the last Governor thought those WGA meetings were kind of important:
Republican Dennis Daugaard regularly participated in WGA events during his time as governor, from 2011 through 2018, and rose to be WGA chairman during his last 18 months in office. He brought the 2018 annual summer meeting to Rapid City.
That summer Daugaard made a statement that remains on the WGA website four years later: “The Western Governors’ Association is special because it’s a non-partisan organization that actually gets things done. It provides opportunities for non-political conversations about the issues western states have in common – issues like transportation, trade, energy, and workforce – and those conversations result in action,” he said [Mercer, 2022.08.05].
But hey, what’s more important: working with other governors to coordinate policy solutions for our region, boosting one’s own celebrity?
Gee, if we can get Dick Cheney to come out and tell the obvious truth that Donald Trump is a menace to the Republic, is there a chance we can get Dennis Daugaard to come out and tell the obvious truth that Kristi Noem isn’t really focusing on the job South Dakotans elected her to do?
The conversation continues. We need a governor who will pledge to focus on South Dakota. pic.twitter.com/hOGwoGMn9M
— Jamie Smith for SD Governor (@RepJamieSmith) July 31, 2022