NY Times: Kristi Noem Rising Quickly as a Republican Prospect for 2024

According to a new NY Times report from Jonathan Martin, South Dakota Republican Kristi Noem is quickly rising as a Republican prospect for 2024.

The NY Times writes:

Noem began drawing wider attention last year for cozying up to former President Donald Trump — so much so that she inspired suspicion that she was angling to replace Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket — and hosting Trump at a July 4 Mount Rushmore event where she gave him a model of the monument with his face included. Her defiance of coronavirus restrictions and her eagerness to project a rugged Great Plainswoman image helped her come in second in a 2024 straw poll of far-right conservatives looking for candidates if Trump does not run again.

But her approach to politics has sometimes made for rocky relations with her base. Late last month, she got herself into a showdown with the Republican-controlled state Legislature over her veto of a bill barring transgender girls from school sports. And as some party leaders were pressing her to resolve that fight, she prompted eye-rolling at home by inserting herself in an unrelated skirmish — over Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes.”

They later add:

If Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is widely seen as the brash heir apparent to Trump, and senators like Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton are attempting to put a more ideological frame on Trumpism, Noem is trying to cement her place as the only female Trump ally echoing the former president’s trigger-the-left approach among the upper tiers of potential 2024 candidates.

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Noem tweeted last week:

Mount Rushmore is the very best place to celebrate America’s birthday and all that makes our country special. That’s why I’m suing the Biden Administration for reneging on our agreement.

The year long game of “Mother May I” continues. From the beginning here in South Dakota we provided our citizens w/ all the information on Covid & allowed them to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. No shut downs. No mandates. No deciding what’s essential.

From April 21st.