Axios – Kristi Noem Wanted To Be Next NRA EVP

Axios, the online political news site, is reporting this evening that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD) approached Wayne LaPierre last fall pitching herself as his successor as CEO and Executive VP of the National Rifle Association. Noem, who has been an ally of the NRA and a very pro-gun governor, also came up in discussions as his successor after Wayne resigned in January according to Axios’ sources.

Official picture of Gov. Kristi Noem

Noem, of course, has also been in the news most recently for a story in her new book No Going Back (#commision earned) about shooting her German Wirehaired Pointer “Cricket” after he killed a chicken and bit her. Frankly, I agree with her agents, editors, and consultants who urged her not to include the story in the book. It seems to have been a very foolish way to show you can make tough decisions.

The story has not gone over too well with many people. People might have understood if she said that Cricket was taken to the vet to be euthanized for being dangerous. However by shooting Cricket, as my friend Dave said, she “euthanized her career” and probably ended her chances of being Trump’s VP pick.

Axios reports the dog killing incident and then continues:

The other side: A spokesperson for Noem “unequivocally” denied that the governor had a conversation with LaPierre.

  • “She loves her job as Governor of South Dakota,” Ian Fury told Axios.
  • LaPierre, through his lawyer Kent Correll, declined to comment.

Whether or not Noem actually held talks with Wayne and others of the Cabal I can see why she might want the position of EVP. Her current salary is $139,000 which probably would at least quadruple if named EVP, South Dakota is rural backwater compared to either Fairfax or Dallas, and she apparently has even greater political ambitions. Whether she was ever right for the job is another story.

7 thoughts on “Axios – Kristi Noem Wanted To Be Next NRA EVP”

  1. “The story has not gone over too well with many people. People might have understood if she said that Cricket was taken to the vet to be euthanized for being dangerous. However by shooting Cricket, as my friend Dave said, she “euthanized her career” and probably ended her chances of being Trump’s VP pick.”

    City folk just don’t Grok country folk. I agree it was probably a mistake to include the story in her book, but only for that reason, not because she did anything wrong.

    When the tractor hitch breaks, country folk weld it up. When the plumbing freezes up, country folk thaw it out, fix the broken pipes and clean up the mess. When the freezer’s empty, country folk kill and butcher a steer or butcher some chickens. When a dog goes after the livestock or bites someone, country folk put it down. Many of us…myself included…have had to do that. It isn’t fun. It isn’t pleasant. We don’t enjoy it. But when it needs to be done, it gets done.

    We don’t call someone else when we need something, need something fixed, or need a distasteful job done, we take care of it. If for no other reason, when you live 30 miles or more from the nearest town, you can’t just call the local machine shop or plumber, run down the street to the local grocery store or run by the Vet’s office after work.

    City folk just don’t understand a life where they can’t hit the corner bodega for lunch and pick up Chinese takeout on the way home every day. Where there aren’t three free clinics, two hospitals and 20 doctor’s offices within 10 minutes of them. Where you can’t just call a 24 hour plumber to save you when a broken pipe is flooding your apartment. Where a trip to the vet can cost thousands of dollars in a day’s lost work, fuel there and back and vet’s fees (assuming you can get an appointment) to do something you can do yourself and just as humanely for a bullet that costs less than a dollar. Just curious…do city folk think that farmers take livestock to the vet to have them euthanized before butchering them for the freezer?

    Suburbanites aren’t much better. Possibly slightly more independent and at least familiar with the lumber and tool departments of their local big box “home improvement” store, but still depend on someone else to do the heavy lifting when it comes to surviving in the world.

    Country folk don’t depend on anyone to do anything for them, except maybe if they come down with the cancer or break a bone. Country folk are the ones who do the doing. That’s the point she was trying to make and it resonates with people who grew up like me.

    Unfortunately, the vast majority of the population these days grows up in the city or suburbs and couldn’t survive on their own for a month if cut off from the support of “the professionals” upon which they so depend…and don’t have the slightest bit of understanding of those who could and do.

    1. I agree entirely! I guess it’s another example of the rural-urban or self-reliant vs hire-it-done divide. I can remember my grandpa killing one of his dogs that killed a chicken. I was upset and explained why it was necessary. I was a kid but understood you can’t have a dog that kills the livestock.

    2. Agree. I assume the reason that reason she put that in the book is that too many people knew and it would come out in a campaign. However, she made it sound like she killed the dog because it messed up a hunt and she hated it. If she had just done the chicken killing and trying to bite her and taken “It’s a dirty job but someone had to do it” attitude, she could of powered through the urban-rural divide. Probably too dumb for elective office although she is far from the only one I could say that about.

    3. Wonder if she spit some beech nut in that dog’s eyes before she shot him with her old .45…

  2. Well, she killed the dog, and killed her chance at a lifetime of grifting at NRA members expense. Just waiting for John Wick to exact his revenge.

  3. The revelation that Kristi Noem sought to become the next NRA EVP is certainly noteworthy, given her prominent role in conservative politics. This news underscores the influential intersection of politics and gun rights advocacy in America. Regardless of one’s stance on gun control, it’s crucial for transparency and accountability to prevail in leadership positions within organizations like the NRA. As citizens, we must continue to scrutinize the intentions and actions of our elected officials and leaders to ensure they align with the best interests of the people they represent. Thank you for shedding light on this important aspect of our political landscape.

  4. She killed a puppy

    And sucked up to WLP

    Her perfidy is worthy of the democratic nomination

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