Kristi Noem stayed off her horse at the buffalo round-up last week, but she has another reason to fly her bad back to Arizona this week. After campaigning for election denier Kari Lake on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Noem will marry off her younger daughter Kennedy (you know, the one who enjoyed Mom’s nepotism without triggering an ethics complaint before the Government Accountability Board) on Friday in Sedona, Arizona. Rooms at the wedding venue, L’Auberge de Sedona, can run over $1,400 a night; a “Vista Cottage” this Friday night costs $1,749.
The Noem Administration has declared that her kids’ weddings are state business, so we should expect to see her family and friends popping up on the state plane’s flight log this week. Daughter Kennedy’s wedding to her fellow USF alum and insurer Tanner Frick (his company, ironically, is called Transparent Financial) is clearly state business: Governor Noem used her December 2021 budget address to pressure Frick to hurry up and join the family. But campaign spokesman Ian Fury insists the state plane is not involved with this wedding.
Correction 2022.10.07 05:12 CDT: I originally identified Kennedy as the older daughter. My sharp-eyed commenters have reminded me that I keep getting the daughters backwards.