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Press Secretary Joy Gets Her Big Moment, Twirls Baton for Boss on Twitter

Maybe the Governor can use some of those apprenticeship funds to cover her press secretary’s pay.

Governor Kristi Noem hired young Florida beauty pageanteer and University of Alabama cheerleader Amelia Joy to come tackle South Dakota’s “often hostile” media last December. But since arriving in January, press secretary Joy seems to have been kept largely secret from the South Dakota press. Joy has not held one briefing. Joy hasn’t even gotten her name on the contact line of state press release (comms chief Ian Fury remains the press point of contact on every proclamation from the Second Floor). The only time the Governor appears to have given Joy the floor was last week, when she sent Joy out to the Rotunda floor to demonstrate her headline talenttwirling her baton:

Governor's press secretary Amelia Joy twirls her baton in the Capitol Rotunda; tweet by Gov. Kristi Noem, 2023.04.19.
Governor’s press secretary Amelia Joy twirls her baton in the Capitol Rotunda; tweet by Gov. Kristi Noem, 2023.04.19.
Governor Noem and her dog and other loyal staff watch press secretary Amelia Joy twirl her baton in the Capitol Rotunda, tweeted by Gov. Kristi Noem 2023.04.19.
Governor Noem and her dog and other loyal staff watch press secretary Amelia Joy twirl her baton in the Capitol Rotunda, tweet by Gov. Kristi Noem, 2023.04.19.

Note that in the grainy video Noem posts, Noem’s videographer makes sure that Noem’s head blocks a full view of Joy’s demonstration.

Now word yet on when Joy will get to perform her actual job duties in front of the press. Still apprenticing under Fury, I guess… but in the world of Noemy/Trumpy politics, joy is always subordinated to fury.

15 Comments

  1. Scott Ehrisman 2023-04-26

    Does Noem now have an emotional support dog?

  2. sx123 2023-04-26

    The baton twirling is cool and it looks like she’s good at it, but yeah, haven’t really heard anything from her as a press secretary.

  3. Rlm 2023-04-26

    I guess she wasn’t smart enough to land a job as a pharmaceutical sales rep. That’s what pageant girls/D1 cheerleaders usually do after college
    That or local weather on the morning show

  4. Mark Anderson 2023-04-26

    You know it was probably her grandmother twirling on the great start to the film The Yesterday Machine. Watch the first two minutes. I’d have to share the entire movie but it’s too good. Twirling for the future. Mr. Fury would love it.

  5. Bob Newland 2023-04-26

    What the actual f##k!?

  6. e platypus onion 2023-04-26

    Does Noem now have an emotional support dog? Loaded question? Better ? might be if Noem’s horse is stump broke?

  7. Arlo Blundt 2023-04-26

    The Press Secretary can twirl. What else is new. She appears to be personable, but we may never know.

  8. Arlo Blundt 2023-04-26

    I always liked the ladies who work in the Capitol and around state government. They are the employees who make the place work well. From the looks of things “work casual” has reached a whole new definition in the Noem administration. At least the gals are being sensible, wearing clothes they can afford on their paltry salaries.

  9. Denise Williams 2023-04-26

    Telk her put her money where her mouth is, this isn’t Alabama. Put her on a Bull or a Bronc…..Korkows’s Broncs are just down the road in Canning….. cmon

  10. Bonnie B Fairbank 2023-04-26

    “What the actual f##k!?” is the correct response, Bob.
    I’ve a mental image of Bart Simpson writing “IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO LIVE IN SOUTH DAKOTA” on the blackboard one hundred times.

  11. grudznick 2023-04-26

    This is pretty neato. I bet none of you fellows could do that. We shouldn’t denigrate the skills of others just because we lack those skills. Look at Lar, for instance.

  12. P. Aitch 2023-04-26

    Are you OK, grudznick?

  13. larry kurtz 2023-04-26

    It must have been a bit nipply in that room.

  14. Bob Newland 2023-04-26

    Amelia! Get out! While you still have a chance to regain a little dignity.

  15. Curt 2023-04-26

    “Rim” (see above) nailed it.

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