republican governor Kristi Noem, which has captured the GOP’s limelight for its laissez-faire handling of the pandemic in South Dakota, has announced that it will seek re-election in 2022.
Noem made the announcement on Friday evening in a Youtube video output.
“Three years ago, I asked you to trust me in our state as your governor. Since then, I have worked every day to make our state safer, stronger and healthier for our children and grandchildren. It has been a lifelong honor to serve you, “he said.” Together we are setting an example for the nation. “
Noem’s deputy governor is the current Larry Rhoden. So far it has raised more than $ 10 million in funds for the race, according to the Capo Argo.
Noem and Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who also recently announced his candidacy for re-election for office, have long been considered favorites for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Both rising stars of the movement have earned the praise of Republican lawmakers and voters for adopting an unattended approach to the COVID crisis, leaving individual freedom largely intact and allowing families to make their own health decisions.
After some Republican governors, including DeSantis, blocked their states in the early stages of the pandemic as a precaution, Noem criticized them for come back and behaving as if they have never shut down or put in place the same restrictions as many democratic states. Noem said South Dakota has never imposed blockades or warrants.
However, Noem came under scrutiny when she refused to ban transgender people from women’s sports, as many of her GOP governor counterparts had done, which resulted in backlash from conservative circles. While she insisted that the logic behind her veto that particular March 2021 bill was to protect the state from costly and crippling legal retaliation by athletic organizations like the NCAA, it was later revealed that the governor had business intertwining which may have compromised her on the matter.
On the debate over the mandate of the vaccine, Noem promised not to ban companies from requiring injection as a condition of employment, citing his belief in non-intervention in the private sector. However, he is suing the Biden administration over his vaccine mandate for federal contract employees.