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Noem Campaigned for Laxalt in Nevada Saturday; Diehl Wipes Kristi-Corey Boston Pic

Kristi Noem continued over the weekend to neglect her South Dakota duties in favor of campaigning across the country. After flying out of Spearfish Wednesday morning on billionaire Ernie Boch Jr’s jet to spend two nights in Massachusetts campaigning for Geoff Diehl, then flying Boch Aviation to a GOP fundraiser in Alabama on Friday, Noem joined Ted Cruz, Nevada Senate candidate Adam Laxalt, and a number of other election deniers at a Republican event called the Basque Fry in Gardnerville, Nevada:

Courtney Holland, communications director for Laxalt for Senate, Twitter pic with Kristi Noem in Nevada, snapped 2022.08.13, posted 2022.08.14.
Courtney Holland, communications director for Laxalt for Senate, Twitter pic with Kristi Noem in Nevada, snapped 2022.08.13, posted 2022.08.14.
Laxalt-affiliated Morning in NV PAC, Twitter pic of Kristi Noem speaking at Laxalt's Basque Fry in Nevada, 2022.08.13.
Laxalt-affiliated Morning in NV PAC, Twitter pic of Kristi Noem speaking at Laxalt’s Basque Fry in Nevada, 2022.08.13.

The Nevada Independent mentioned Noem’s attendance but made no remark about her remarks, which appear to have included a rehash of her personally unrealized pablum about getting over oneself and talking to opponents that she recited at the April 2021 prayer breakfast in Aberdeen.

The Governor’s Office does not publish any official schedule, so who knows where she will be this morning or this week? She has figured out that posting pictures of her coast-to-coast jetsetting doesn’t play well among the home folks. While getting on Boch’s plane in Spearfish, she tweeted a photo of herself promoting her book at a Sturgis gun shop earlier in the week. She thumbed an attack on the Department of Justice while eating pizza in Boston on Thursday, then criticized the CDC from Alabama on Friday. Noem then skipped directly to a Sunday FB picture celebrating her mom’s birthday back at the farm. But not a word to her vast online following to promote the Massachusetts, Alabama, and Nevada candidates for whom she was on the road.

One picture Noem clearly wanted erased from the Web was another shot of her in Boston posted by the Republican she was campaigning for, Geoff Diehl, which appears to show the Diehl-Noem street photo opp crew included Diehl’s campaign manager and Noem’s reacquired advisor Corey Lewandowski:

Photo of Corey Lewandowski, Kristi Noem, and Geoff Diehl outside Regina's Pizza in Boston, reportedly posted to then removed from Geoff Diehl's campaign Facebook, 2022.08.11.
Photo of Corey Lewandowski, Kristi Noem, and Geoff Diehl outside Regina Pizzeria in Boston on August 11, 2022; reportedly posted to then removed from Geoff Diehl’s campaign Facebook 2022.08.12.
Deleting that photo makes perfect marketing sense. It doesn’t show either Diehl’s or Noem’s face or center either of them in the composition. It’s just a bunch of people standing around on the street eating pizza. Diehl’s photos of himself and Noem at billionaire Boch’s luxurious mansion on Wednesday night and at Fenway Park cheering the Red Sox to victory on Thursday are much better campaign material than another shot of Noem within striking distance of the sexual predator she said she was disowning.


  1. jim 2022-08-15

    Corey Lewandowski has been accused of being an abuser. There were news stories about Kristi’s Noem’s friendly relationship with him. She said he would no longer be advising her campaign.

    Appearing with him now?? Before her election?? You’ve got to be kidding. Even if the personal stories weren’t true, their meetups are inexplicable.

    If I were her husband… well… the words wouldn’t be fit for online consumption. It’s humiliating. She behaves like she is invincible.


  2. sx123 2022-08-15

    Lewandowski must be really good at what he does, whatever it is, because both Noem and Trump disowned him, but apparently he is so good, they (at least Noem) still use him. Dunno. Life is weird. They probably think most people forget or don’t care, as long as it doesn’t affect them…

  3. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-08-15

    That second picture! My immediate thought was “How did I never notice Kristi’s enormous stripy tail?” followed by the sad realization it was just an optical delusion. *Sigh*
    On a more serious note, I (naively) ask how our esteemed and plainly overworked governor pays for all her air travel. I somehow can’t picture her writing personal checks and as a lowly serf have no idea how she pays for her jet time.

  4. 96Tears 2022-08-15

    Cue up Sinatra:
    “Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away
    “If you can use some exotic cash
    “From billionaires in Boston Bay
    “Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.”

    Talk about great material for campaign ads to give Noem’s scrawny butt the boot.

    If indeed there were real news reporters in South Dakota, there would be a reckoning with questions to provide much-needed transparency with this parasite.

    How much time does Noem invest in presidential campaign travels every week?

    How much time does she invest in her re-election campaign back home here in flyover country?

    How much money (direct and in-kind contributions) does all this national campaigning cost?

    What’s really going on with sexual predator The Lew and America’s Party Girl Kristi Noem? How much time do they spend together each week? What is The Lew’s role in Noem’s presidential campaign, officially and unofficially?

    What is Noem’s spouse doing while she’s jet-setting coast to coast with the groper Lewandowski?

    Why do we still see a lot more pictures of The Lew with Kristi on the national campaign trail outside South Dakota than Kristi with her husband (are there any in circulation)? With all that free air fare to get treated like royalty coast to coast, why wouldn’t you bring your spouse and not The Lew?

    After the well-documented Montana groping and her statements that he was dismissed, what makes The Lew continue to be so valuable to Kristi Noem?

    These are not unreasonable questions. She is an elected public servant. She is compelled to give honest and complete answers.

  5. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-08-15

    Bonnie, I suspect Ernie Boch Jr sprang for the Boston and Montgomery flights. He was probably more than happy to do that favor for his candidate Diehl and to have a “celebrity” like Kristi Noem at his house.

    But of course, South Dakota taxpayers are still paying her a full salary.

    I have not seen evidence that Noem took any SDHP officers along as bodyguards as she did in 2020 when she was campaigning in Maine for Trump. Maybe she’s just trained her HP guards to keep out of the pizzeria pictures.

  6. Loren 2022-08-15

    I was going to cue up Hank Snow’s “I’ve Been Everywhere,” but Frank is good! :-) Besides, she could use the semi rig in her political ads… when she’s not using the horse. She’s just a commoner, ya know. ;-)

  7. 96Tears 2022-08-15

    Loren – Any candidate willing to plunge deep and putrid enough to interview neighbors of Billy Sutton to say rotten and phony things about him on a campaign ad will jump at a chance to disguise herself as a regular human being. If she uses your trucker idea, just make sure you get paid. Settle for nothing less than $10K.

    BTW, didn’t Rick Weiland use that one in his ads? Maybe he can sell her the South Dakota-ized lyrics. Kristi is allergic to working on anything.

  8. P. Aitch 2022-08-15

    Thank you, Cory for being a cyber watchdog journalist focusing on your Governor Kristin Noem.
    Your type of journalism helps ensure societal powers remain accountable for their actions.

  9. Arlo Blundt 2022-08-15

    Well…She obviously has nothing better to do in South Dakota. She could be campaigning for Liz Chaney, whose primary election is tomorrow in Wyoming but she is a confirmed Trump acolyte and camp follower. She seems to have worn the same blue jeans all week. Packed light I guess. She needs a new act.

  10. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-08-15

    Soooooo…people ostensibly do favors worth thousands of dollars for candidate pals and the bragging rights of hangin’ with a pseudocelebrity. Some people’s lives are remarkably sad and empty.
    At least I’m a Crazy Cat Lady.

  11. Arlo Blundt 2022-08-15

    Bonnie: Not quite bragging rights, it’s a living. While we assume that Mrs. Noem’s campaign fund receives a contribution when she travels as a “State Ambassador” to deliver a speech on behalf of various and sundry right wing candidates, it doesn’t have to be structured that way. Mother Jones reports in its’ latest issue that “honoraria” (speaker fees) at Republican rallies, campaign events, dinners, and symposia range from $5,000 to $20,000.Depending on how the income is structured and reported, Mrs. Noem, theoretically, could have pulled down 20-50 thousands dollars on her latest nation wide swing. Plus, she is expected to troll for campaign donations from the moneyed elite while snacking on crab cake on Martha’s Vineyard and Rib Eye in Nevada, plus you can slam all the top shelf booze you can hold, if you’re so inclined. (Ask Cory Lewandowski). So whether the swag is deposited in a campaign fund or a personal bank account in a discreet Sioux Falls bank, it is time well spent.

  12. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-08-15

    Thank you for your reply, Arlo. You’ve obviously done much research I didn’t do myself.
    I’d stab myself in both eyes with an oyster fork rather than submit to this prostitution. I suspect my motives are equal amounts of laziness, social anxiety, the determination NOT to be groped, and the desire to be a stay at home cat mom.
    I don’t know if anyone has a “soul” but I’m not selling mine for any of that sh*t.

  13. Ryan 2022-08-15

    i don’t think that person in the first photo with the blond lady is the same person who was elected by the people of south dakota as governor…

    if you start with an old old wooden ship… and each day you replace one plank of wood… how long until that ship is no longer the same ship?

  14. grudznick 2022-08-15

    Like President Mr. Uncle Joe Biden says, especially concerning Mr. Smith the Gubernatorial Candidate:

    C’mon, man

  15. DaveFN 2022-08-15

    Noem is sittin’ in the catbird seat and livin’ the high life. That’s her fundamental fantasy and it’s all made possible by the South Dakota she parasitizes.

    There’s something structurally wrong within the system as arranged that any of this should be even remotely possible.

  16. Guy 2022-08-15

    Pretty much, DaveFN. It’s been a very corrupt system for years and the citizens of South Dakota are going to have to WAKE UP one day or they will continue to be used by this abhorrent way of conducting state business on their dime.

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