In the midst of the South Dakota state legislative session, Secretary of State Monae Johnson has brought on two new staffers.
Johnson confirmed the addition of Reggie Rhoden and Adam Miller to the office. Rhoden will be the Elections Coordinator and Pistol Permit Administrator for the office, and Miller will serve as the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)/National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) Coordinator.
…Rhoden worked with the Noem reelection campaign in 2022. He is the son of Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden.
“I have known him since 2010, when I was the Meade County Republican Women’s President and he helped me this summer on my campaign,” Johnson said in an email to Dakota News Now/KOTA Territory. “He was the best qualified person for this position and thrilled to join the office” [Austin Goss, “Monae Johnson Adds Two to Secretary of State’s Office,” KSFY, 2023.02.11].
The Lieutenant Governor’s son, who has never to my knowledge worked in an elections office, was the “best qualified person” to coordinate elections while also administering pistol permits? Boy, we must really have a workforce shortage.
And wait: I thought election denier Logan Manhart was the Federal and State Elections Coordinator. Is inexperienced Logan finding that job so hard that they have to hire inexperienced Reggie to help? Or is inexperienced Monae handing out jobs to just enough friends and family of the party elites to keep the GOP from Krebsing her in 2026?
Monae Johnson may be as bad as Jason Ravnsborg, but she at least knows how to pick the right favorites to protect her job.