South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is finally getting the national attention she’s been craving, but it’s probably not the attention she wanted. After reports yesterday revealed Noem’s shady use of the governor’s office to try to enrich her family, reports today confirm that the South Dakota attorney general is investigating those meetings.
Associated Press: South Dakota AG reviewing Noem’s meeting with daughter
- “South Dakota’s attorney general said Tuesday he is reviewing concerns from state lawmakers over a meeting Gov. Kristi Noem held last year that included both her daughter and a state employee who was overseeing her daughter’s application to become a certified real estate appraiser.”
- “Ethics experts said the episode raised concerns that the governor had abused the power of her office.”
Washington Post: South Dakota attorney general ‘actively reviewing’ Gov. Kristi Noem’s controversial family meeting
- “Noem reportedly organized a meeting in her office on July 27, 2020 to discuss ‘appraiser certification procedures,’ which included her daughter Kassidy and Sherry Bren, the head of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s appraiser certification program, Bren’s supervisor, and the state’s Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman.”
- “While Noem’s daughter secured her certification months later, in November 2020, Bren says she was subsequently pushed to retire in a conversation with Hultman. That’s according to an age-discrimination complaint Bren eventually filed against the Department of Labor and Regulation.”