Kristi Noem slammed the press, claiming “the media is trying to destroy my children” after allegations of possible involvement in her daughter’s business affairs surfaced.
A report in The Associated Press questioned the actions of the South Dakota governor when she met with officials from the agency responsible for denying her daughter’s application to become a real estate appraiser. Weeks later, his daughter’s application was approved.
In July of 2020, Ms. Noem summoned officials from the state labor and regulation department involved with the appraiser certification program. The Associated Press Reported on Monday. His daughter’s direct supervisor was also among those officers.
At the meeting, Ms. Noem presented the Director of the Appraiser Certification Program with a letter written by a certified state residential appraiser, who was looking after Ms. Noem’s daughter as she bid to become an appraiser herself; The letter sharply criticized the state system reportedly riddled with inefficiencies and complained that the disapproval of Ms Noem’s daughter was unfair.
According to the AP, the meeting took place at the governor’s mansion just days after Ms Noem’s daughter denied an initial attempt to obtain her certification.
The report said that even after Ms Noem’s daughter was eventually approved for her certification, the certification program director was fired later that year by the state’s labor secretary, a political appointment that Ms. Noem was re-appointed to the agency. in 2019.
At the time, Noam’s daughter was a payments policy analyst working in the governor’s office, a position she has held since her mother took office in 2019. She will leave that job a few days later, however, at the end of July 2020. .
In a statement posted to Twitter shortly after the AP’s investigation was published, the governor denied any wrongdoing or conflict of interest.
“Listen I get it. I signed up for this job. But now the media is trying to ruin my kids. This story is another example of the double standard that exists with the media… of liberals. ignoring conservatives and going after their children,” she wrote.
Listen, I get it. I have signed up for this job. But now the media is trying to ruin my children. This story is another example of the double standard that exists with the media… going after conservatives and their children while ignoring liberals. #AskTheBigGuy
— Christy Noem (@christinoem) September 27, 2021
His spokesman added to the AP that the news agency was “politically humiliating the governor’s daughter” for attacking the governor, adding, “no wonder Americans’ confidence in the media is always low”.
George W. Richard Painter, a former ethics chief at the Bush White House, however, agreed that the position presented a conflict of interest for Noam, given his daughter’s financial interest in the area of real estate certification.
“This is clearly a conflict of interest and an abuse of power for the benefit of a family member,” he told the AP in a statement about his findings.
It is unclear whether Ms. Noem’s daughter will face any consequences for being a salaried employee at the governor’s mansion at the time of the meeting. However, the state’s labor secretary, Marcia Hultman, made sure to emphasize in a comment to the AP that the governor’s daughter went through the same process that others do, adding that her certification was never denied.
“Cassidy Peters went through the same process as the other appraisers. There was no denial,” she told the AP. “Mrs. Peters met the requirements to be licensed, and was later certified in November.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Kristi Noem