South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s move comes a day after former President Trump removed Corey Lewandowski from his political campaign.
Republican Gov. Christie of South Dakota is breaking up with one of her top political advisers, Corey Lewandowski, who until this week was a key player in former President Trump’s political team in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Noam Lewandowski.
Noem, a conservative governor who pundits see as a potential 2024 GOP White House contender or potential running mate, bombed by a major Trump fundraiser comes a day after allegations that Lewandowski held a fundraiser at a recent event. made unwanted sexual advances towards.
Trump Super PAC sever ties with Lewandowski
And Noam’s announcement came that morning after the former president fired Lewandowski from running Trump’s Super PAC and severed ties with his longtime adviser and aide.
Noem spokesman Ian Fury told Granthshala News in a statement that “Corey was always a volunteer, never paying a single penny (campaign or official). He would not advise the governor regarding campaigns or official office.”
Lewandowski had been advising Noem for more than a year, with his final autumn as the governor campaigning across the country to campaign on behalf of Trump and down-ballot Republicans in the 2020 election.
He continued that role, taking Noem from coast to coast as governor at political events this year – a rising star among conservatives – as he began building on his 2022 reelection campaign and as soon as he finished next year’s Helped fellow Republicans in the midterm elections. Lewandowski introduced Noem to several Republican donors and other rainmakers at GOP gatherings and confabs.
Noam’s break up with Lewandowski came a day after she denied allegations from a conservative media outlet that he had an extramarital affair with her.
“These rumors are total garbage and sordid lies,” the governor tweeted on Wednesday. “These old, weary attacks on conservative women are based on a lie that we can’t achieve anything without a man’s help.”
Referring to her husband, Brian Noem, the governor emphasized that “I love Brian. I am proud of the God-fearing family we have raised together. Now I can go back to work.” I have been.”
Was responding to a report from Noam American greatness, which cited several unnamed sources who claimed that she was romantically involved with Lewandowski.
Noem denies allegations of ties with Lewandowski
Separate sexual misconduct allegations against Lewandowski, first reported on Wednesday by Politico, include Republican donor Trachelle Odom, who alleged that Lewandowski repeatedly groped her—including on her legs and buttocks—and retaliated if she didn’t follow through during a charity event in Las Vegas. threatened.
“He repeatedly touched me inappropriately, said mean and disgusting things to me, followed me and made me feel humiliated and intimidated,” Odom said in a statement to Politico.
Hours later, Trump replaced Lewandowski as head of the Make America Great Again Action super PAC and replaced him with former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, another top Trump aide and loyalist.
“Corey Lewandowski will join other efforts and we want to thank him very much for his service. He will no longer be associated with Trump World,” Trump spokeswoman Taylor Budovich tweeted.
Lewandowski managed Trump’s first presidential campaign through the 2016 primaries before his debut in 2015. He was fired in June of that year, but remained close to the then GOP presidential candidate. Lewandowski, a New Hampshire resident, led her state’s delegation to the Republican National Convention that summer in Cleveland, Ohio.
After Trump took office at the White House, Lewandowski became the then-president’s top external adviser and played an influential advisory role in Trump’s 2020 election campaign. Earlier this year, Trump nominated Levandowski to set up and run his new Super PAC after his presidency.
In addition to Trump and Noem, Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster also ended his relationship with Lewandowski.
Herbster, the agricultural industry executive, recently pointed to the “huge support” from Lewandowski.
But on Thursday he issued a statement saying that Lewandowski “has been one of my senior campaign advisers as I run for governor of the state of Nebraska” and spotlighted that “I asked Corey to step down from this role.” Is.”
Herbster said he has known Lewandowski “since 2015, when I was an early and steadfast supporter of Donald J. Trump for president” and added that “Corey and his family will be in my prayers.”