The attacks against South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem have just been ramped up a notch.
State Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, a fellow Republican, has launched an investigation into whether Noem strongarmed state employees to get her daughter a real estate license.
Noem’s daughter, Kassidy Peters, was allegedly going to be turned down until Noem held a meeting with the decision-makers.
In all honestly, after the allegations were made, Ravnsborg had no choice but to open the investigation.
According to complaints, Noem held a private meeting with Sherry Bren, the state employee directly responsible for approving such applications.
Reports stated that Kassidy was slated for denial, but the application was subsequently approved after the meeting.
Sherry Bren, the state employee responsible for approving these applications, was then allegedly pressured into retiring by Noem’s cabinet secretary, who oversaw that department.
Bren filed a complaint and was reportedly given a $200,000 payment, apparently to drop the complaint.
Ravnsborg stated that he had been “contacted by concerned citizens and legislators.
“I am actively reviewing their concerns, and I will be following the steps prescribed in codified law in relation to those questions.”
Noem continues to deny any wrongdoing, saying that to get to her, “the media is trying to destroy my children.”
Noem’s political future could hang in the balance over this investigation.
If she is found to have abused her power, her resignation will likely be forced, ending any hopes she had of eventually becoming the first woman Republican president.
Noem has had a very high profile over the last few years, slowly gaining momentum, but she has found herself being attacked by both the right and left as of late.
Source: Just the News