The Republican governor pushed back on the story and noted the lack of media interest in stories like Hunter Biden’s emails.
South Dakota Gov. Christie Noem said the media was “trying to destroy my kids” following a report alleging that she had engaged in a conflict of interest following a meeting with the head of the state agency, who told her daughter A meeting was held to approve or reject the application of real estate appraiser.
The Associated Press reported that Cassidy Peters, 26, received her certification in November 2020, four months after visiting her mother, state Labor Secretary Marcia Holtman and Sherri Braine, head of the state agency that oversees appraisal certificates.
The July 27, 2020 meeting came days after the agency rejected Peters’ application, the report said.
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In a Monday tweet, Noem, a Republican, pushed back the story and claimed the media was going after conservatives.
He wrote, “Listen I get it. I signed up for this job. But now the media is trying to destroy my kids.” “This story is yet another example of the mediocrity that exists with the media… #AskTheBigGuy following conservatives and their children while ignoring liberals.”
Braine, 70, was called to meet with Noem and said he was presented with a letter from Peters’ supervisor, Christine Julfs, who said she disagreed with the denial, and Peters – who worked as a state-registered appraiser in 2016 had started – ran against an inefficient process.
“My upgrade to become a certified residential appraiser was very long and I was expected to navigate through many obstacles from the start,” Peters told the AP. “I’m glad I now have it and am privileged to serve our customers in South Dakota.”
Noem spokesman Ian Fury told Granthshala News the news report was part of an attempt to attack the governor.
“The Associated Press is insulting the governor’s daughter for politically attacking the governor – no wonder Americans have the least trust in the media,” Fury said in a statement. “South Dakota is open for business. We will not let bureaucratic red tape get in the way of South Dakota’s sustainable economic development.
“Having more quality appraisers in the market will help keep our housing market moving forward and keep home prices down,” he said.
As for the meeting, Noam was involved in a conflict of interest, University of Minnesota Law School professor Richard Painter and former chief ethics attorney to former President George W. Bush told the AP.
Months after the meeting, according to an age discrimination complaint filed by Braine, Haltman demanded that 70-year-old Braine retire, which was later settled for $200,000.