Friday, May 17, 2013

Noem (SD - ALEC ALUM) Considers Bid for Senate

From The Hill:

By Alexandra Jaffe - 05/16/13 03:30 PM ET
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) is discussing the possibility of mounting a Senate campaign in 2014, telling The Hill she's had "some conversations" with groups about running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Tim Johnson (D).

Noem said she doesn't expect to make a decision for "several months" on whether she'd challenge former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds in the Republican primary.

"We're still watching the race. We haven't made up our minds on what we're going to do at all, and probably won't for several months yet, so we'll still take into consideration a lot of that," she told The Hill.

"We've had some conversations with organizations [about a Senate run]," Noem added. The Republican lawmaker declined to specify which groups she'd been talking to about a campaign.
Probably meant ALEC Corporate Members
But one prominent conservative group, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), indicated shortly after Johnson announced his retirement plans that it was not entirely sold on a Noem candidacy.

"At this point, we don't know if she's someone we can support, but we certainly don't object to her running," SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins told The Hill in March.

At this point, we don't know if she's someone we can support 
– Me neither.

Noem is an alumni of the extremist American Legislative Exchange Council – pushing pro-corporate, ultraconservative legislation at the state and federal levels.

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