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Former Chief of Staff #5 Says Noem Needs to Run for President

Governor Kristi Noem evidently doesn’t need anyone—or just can’t find anyone—to chief her staff. But the last guy to do the job, Mark Miller, who quit last month and went back to Florida, is still flacking for Noem. Yesterday Miller tweeted (X’ed?) that his own local governor stinks and that Noem needs to get into the Presidential race:

Mark Miller, tweet, 2023.07.23.
Mark Miller, tweet, 2023.07.23.

It’s strange that Miller adopts a Trump insult-nickname to attack Ron DeSantis but then proposes Noem as a better candidate than Trump.

It’s also strange that Miller applies the terms conservativepersonality, and genuine to Noem. Kristi Noem is certainly not a classical conservative, what with her dependence on big government spending, authoritarianism, opposition to tax relief, secrecy, nepotism, and failure to defend property rights. Noem’s alleged “personality” seems to drive people away. And “genuine” seems to radically misrepresent the most highly engineered image ever on the Second Floor.

But strangest is that Miller apparently didn’t get the memo from Noem’s chief image-engineer Corey Lewandowski sent up the signal in May that Noem is going nowhere Presidentially and that any Republicans thinking of challenging serial offender Trump should hitch themselves to wagons with real political horsepower. Noem herself says nobody but Trump can win in 2024. Kristi is so yesterday, Mark! Get with the program!


  1. Eve Fisher 2023-07-24 11:06

    How much did she pay for that post?

  2. jim 2023-07-24 11:24

    She doesn’t get along with staff and has no time for legislators. She does like to hang out with one of the most vile political operatives in America, Corey Lewandowski. All of those things are probably related.

    She had ten million dollars to throw at Jamie Smith, so she should have been expected to do OK in the 2022 election. But Thune and Dusty received more votes. And, of course, she barely won her first governor’s race.

    She is a disaster.

  3. Donald Pay 2023-07-24 11:57

    I’m sorry, Genuine? Kristi “is as genuine as they come.”

    Let’s consider the tax on groceries. She had a record for years of being against lifting the tax on food. When she appears to be in some trouble during her re-election, she comes out for lifting that sales tax. She wins. She doesn’t put forward a bill to make good on that promise. She doesn’t work with legislators or citizen groups who have been supporting lifting the tax. She does absolutely no real work to convince legislators who oppose lifting the tax to change their position. They she finds a BS reason to oppose a citizen-led effort to lift that tax.

    I can see her mendacity and lack of authenticity from two states away. I can see why worked for Noem. He’s as big a fraud as she is.

  4. P. Aitch 2023-07-24 12:08

    Note To Noem: Trump will run again in 2028.

    Today’s Presidential Election Odds:
    Trump to Win in 2024 – 32%
    Biden to Win in 2024 – 42%
    from PredictIt

  5. Loren 2023-07-24 12:19

    Well, Kristi does have better boots than Duh Santis and her makeup is less orange than the felon leading the RepubliQon party, but her chances are probably less than President Scott Walker or President Bobby Jindal.

  6. leslie 2023-07-24 12:33


    The political maelstrom swirling around coronavirus vaccines may be to blame for a higher rate of excess deaths among registered Republicans in Ohio and Florida during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study published Monday (today, twttr)

  7. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 12:34

    Let ‘er run. The presidential field of Republican Earth haters couldn’t get any worse.

  8. e platypus onion 2023-07-24 12:44

    Prez of the Frequent Flyers/ Even More Frequent Liars club? She’d qualify hands down.

  9. jerry 2023-07-24 13:22

    Noem/Boebert or Boebert/Noem there you have it.

  10. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-07-24 13:26

    With no disrespect to Governor Kristi Noem, I do not support her bid to become President. I see her as a “Washington D.C Operative” part of the establishment. Her policies during COVID-19 was not as conservative as they appeared to be, if you were involved in business, you would study her executive orders, and understand, those orders harmed private lives, busiensses, etc through out the State. As a life time South Dakotan, and a true Conservative, I do support her as our governor, however, I do not always agree with her positions.

  11. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 13:43

    Mrs. Noem didn’t kill enough Democrats with the Trump virus right Mr. Z?

    We all know Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is a racist but now my home state has gone from being America’s laughing stock to becoming a co-conspirator in hate crimes. Of course she knows Native Americans and other children of color are more at risk to Covid-19 so exposing them in greater numbers translates to fewer Democratic voters.

  12. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 13:48

    You’re out of your depth here, Mike Zitterich. Go back to the SDWC where your hateful ignorance is better appreciated.

  13. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 14:01

    The foundations of colonisation across the world that negatively impact Indigenous lives contribute to the spread of communicable diseases, especially on reservations and in rural areas through factors such as small dwellings, multigenerational living, and lack of access to preventive measures such as clean water, soap, and disinfectant. As such, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionately devastating effect on Indigenous peoples: in Brazil, deaths among its Indigenous population are reportedly double that of the general population; in the USA, Navajo Nation has surpassed New York in numbers of per capita COVID-19 cases.

  14. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 14:05

    That report was provided to the Trump Organization in 2020 so it was weaponized in Indian Country by slow-walking resources on reservations. Why? Because Herr Trump is a mass murderer and Kristi Noem followed his orders.

  15. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 14:16

    $20 says Mrs Noem didn’t have a spinal injury at all but contracted COVID and underwent monoclonal therapy.

  16. grudznick 2023-07-24 14:22

    Must be tough to criticize the trump-like out-of-state name-callers for you, Mr. H, but good on you.

  17. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 14:36

    That people like grud are trapped in South Dakota is a boon to progressive politics for the greater good.

  18. Arlo Blundt 2023-07-24 15:26

    Mrs. Noem has, as yet, not announced her intention to run for President on the Republican ticket and there probably isn’t room for her now. Republicans don’t like uppity women and prefer that they satisfy themselves by being officers in the Eagle Forum, Republican Women, or just getting the coffee at meetings of the Party. She can’t keep a staff operating in the Governor’s Office. Running a National Campaign in many states is beyond her grasp. In other words, we’re stuck with her.

  19. sx123 2023-07-24 15:50

    @jerry – that ticket would be a hoot

  20. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-07-24 18:03

    As Donald notes, Noem lacks genuineness. She lacks authenticity. Mike Z substantiates this claim: the true Trumpists of this state who have lived under her daily rule, like Mike Z, see through her mask. So do the somewhat sane anti-Trumpers like Lee Schoenbeck, the folks to whom Miller is making his pitch for an alternative but from Norm alienates with her arrogance and her incompetence.

    So what is Miller’s game here? Did Noem just pay Miller, as Eve suggests, as part of some coy “oh, I’m not interested (draft me draft me draft me!)” campaign? Could he possibly mean what he’s saying (even though it defies logic, that someone who has worked closely with Noem’s, would consider her genuine and to have a winning personality)? And if he really believes what he’s saying, what is the magic path he says for Noem to gain traction after the four years she spent on the publicity path diligently prepped for her by one of the best in the business, Corey Lewandowski, got her nowhere in national polls? If Lewandowski isn’t working Noem’s angles any more, why would Miller?

  21. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 18:18

    Mr. Miller quit his post to be Mrs. Noem’s campaign director?

  22. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 18:29

    Noise in the twitters puts Mr. Miller and Mrs. Noem at odds over the Summit pipeline where his firm could back landowners.

  23. Dave Spier 2023-07-24 19:36

    Appreciate the insights on this blog. I see her trying to be President Trump’s vp pick. That is her only hope. People make bad calls all the time. If he picks her, that will compete with the worst decision he ever made in choosing people.

  24. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 19:56

    If Mr. Thune and Mr. Rounds are rooting for Mr. Scott they’re likely pimping lobbying for Mrs. Noem to be Veep?

  25. larry kurtz 2023-07-24 20:01

    If Mrs. Noem became Mr. Scott’s beotch there truly is one God.

  26. grudznick 2023-07-24 20:41

    Who is this Mr. Miller felllow?

  27. O 2023-07-24 21:06

    I believe Gov. Nome would be great at running for President — just as she was great running for Governor of SD. As we are finding out now, the rub is what happens if she were actually elected? What happens if/when President Noem brings that SD legislative savvy to the National House and Senate? One HUGE difference would be that PLENTY of vultures would swoop into the national vacuum created; vultures that cannot be bothered to infest little ol’ SD.

  28. Arlo Blundt 2023-07-25 00:04

    Grudz–Mr. Miller has made a career as a Republican hired gun/fixer. He worked as Mrs. Noem’s Chief of Staff and has moved on to one of the Party’s many Non Profit Advocacy Organizations. He is from Florida.

  29. Jeff Barth 2023-07-25 05:34

    Trump does not need a VP from South Dakota. He is all set to get our measly 3 electoral votes. Trump needs a favorite son from a swing state.

    Herschel Walker anyone?

  30. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-07-25 06:48

    O’s point reminds me of an observation made by a Democratic friend back during Noem’s second term in Congress: Noem’s job is to win elections, not serve the public. Her job is to hold office to keep Democrats out, not actually accomplish anything in that office.

    In that regard, Noem might a better running mate pick than Dave and Jeff think. She knows how to win elections. Maybe Miller’s effort to push a Noem draft is a way for her to win ane election with one voter, Donald Trump. People are running for running mate: if she can astroturf a draft campaign with folks like Miller singing her praises, build at least the impression that there’s some groundswell of support for her that could be more successful than DeSantis’s campaign, and then graciously decline to rally that support in a primary challenge and instead leave Trump free to campaign, perhaps she thinks Trump would gratefully recognize her subservience and pick her as his VP. Loyalty is everything in Trump World.

  31. e platypus onion 2023-07-25 08:51

    People forget drumpf only hires the best people and only makes perfect calls. Just ask him.

  32. 96Tears 2023-07-25 11:11

    The calculus … okay, simple arithmetic … of Trump’s selection of a running mate will be in flux for a while. Of getting the nomination, there is no doubt he’ll get it in or out of prison next year. So, fast forward, what are Trump’s needs a year from now with the walls closing in from multiple indictments, the RNC Convention commencing July 15, 2024, and being sidelined in court appearances where he has to remain silent or be held in contempt (you know in your bones he won’t be able to keep his pie hole shut with Jack Smith, Alvin Bragg and Fani Willis twisting his testicles every step of the way)?

    Trump is unique in American politics. He’s the next step beyond Rush Limbaugh, another entertainer who made fortunes underestimating the intelligence of a big chunk of the American electorate. Trump’s forte is grifting with gusto. Anger, fear and hatred are his favorite fiddles. But in the confines of the role of defendant against felonies, what would a straight-jacketed Donald Trump need from his campaign, support base and the place-holder at rallies in a running mate? More to the point, what’s Kristi got that Trump needs the most next year?


  33. Jake 2023-07-25 18:41

    Why is it Mr. Zitterich, that you “true” ‘conservatives’ and ‘true Republicans’ walk “lockstep” with any worthless, and ignorant major office-holder if they happen to be of Republican party lineage????/!!! You are so like elephants on parade, you know. Monkey see-monkey do comes to mind also. Why, oh WHY are your ilk and many of your of brethren so spineless to take on someone of your party when they’re definitely WRONG?
    Please sir, you sound like a thinking man so much of the time, but your support for her as governor as you state will never change her or any others as long as they figure they have your “support” they will continue merrily along. Kindly enlighten me and other readers as how this wishywashy way of analyzing people in power is any good?

  34. P. Aitch 2023-09-15 19:56

    Your Governor is entitled to have an affair if she chooses. The days of women being treated more strictly concerning morals are long gone. Everyone deserves to find happiness wherever they can.
    PS … Daily Mail is a right-wing publication with over half of their readers conservative and only 25 percent labour.

    September 15, 2023 – EXCLUSIVE: Married South Dakota governor Kristi Noem and Trump advisor Corey Lewandowski have been having a years-long clandestine affair.

  35. grudznick 2023-09-15 20:29

    But for being in the wrong place, Lar, that could have been you or I.
    Oh my.

  36. larry kurtz 2023-09-15 20:47

    That you have that feeling in your grandpa nether place scares me, crudzdick.

  37. grudznick 2023-09-15 20:54

    It should, Lar. It should

  38. O 2023-09-15 21:45

    Red states have the highest divorce rates; Protestants have the highest divorce rates. Trump has been married three times. Whose protecting the sanctity marriage?

  39. P. Aitch 2023-09-15 22:13

    The lower divorce rate among Catholics compared to Protestants can be attributed to a combination of factors, including religious beliefs, cultural values, and the practices of the respective denominations. Here are some possible reasons:

    1. Marriage as a sacrament: In Catholicism, marriage is considered a sacrament, a sacred and permanent bond established by God. The Catholic Church emphasizes the importance of lifelong commitment and discourages divorce. This belief reinforces the idea that marriage requires a strong commitment to work through challenges rather than choosing divorce as an easy solution.

    2. Annulment process: The Catholic Church offers the option of annulment, which is a declaration that a marriage was invalid from the beginning. This process allows a couple to separate and remarry within the Church without considering it a divorce. By providing an alternative solution, the Catholic Church may discourage divorce.

    3. Cultural and social influence: Catholicism places significant emphasis on family values, unity, and the sanctity of marriage. Catholic communities and families often encourage marital stability, support, and guidance, which may contribute to lower divorce rates among Catholics.

    4. Strong social networks: Catholic communities tend to have strong social networks, including parish groups, support systems, and programs that encourage couples to seek help, counseling, or pastoral guidance during marital difficulties. These networks can provide the necessary support to couples facing challenges, enabling them to work through issues and promote marital longevity.

    5. Restrictions on remarriage: The Catholic Church’s stance on remarriage after divorce is stricter compared to some Protestant denominations. Divorced Catholics who wish to remarry within the Church often need to go through an annulment process, which can discourage them from pursuing divorce in the first place.

    It is worth noting that these factors do not imply that Catholic marriages are universally more successful than Protestant marriages. Divorce rates can vary among individuals and communities within both Catholicism and Protestantism. Additionally, divorce rates can be influenced by various factors such as regional culture, socioeconomic status, education levels, and individual circumstances.
    AI Generated ~ fully curated & edited by P. AItch

  40. grudznick 2023-09-15 22:21

    Tighten up your bloggings, Mr. Lansing.

  41. P. Aitch 2023-09-15 22:26

    Don’t read my posts, grudznichts. I’m not talking to you, anyway. Got your goat, though. ha Heh HO

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