South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is headed to McLean, Virginia, a ritzy suburb of Washington, D.C., to raise money for her federal political action committee.
The Republican chief executive, mentioned as a possible 2024 contender, is running for a second term as governor in next year’s midterm elections, and her renomination is being challenged in the primary. Wednesday’s fundraiser is benefiting Noem Victory, a PAC the governor launched in the spring, presumably to support other Republicans running for office in 2022, activity that could help her collect friends and allies for a White House bid.
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But Noem Victory is tied to her reelection campaign through a joint fundraising committee. That means the money the governor raises this week in northern Virginia also stands to boost her more immediate political concern — winning reelection.
According to a copy of the invitation, the evening event in McLean is being hosted by Republicans Kenneth J. Nunnenkamp and Giovanna Cinelli, both attorneys who typically contribute to Old Dominion Republicans. For $2,500 ($4,500 per couple,) donors have access to a “V.I.P. roundtable." Getting in the door costs $1,000 ($1,500 per couple.) The fundraiser is being advertised by the Northern Virginia Republican Business Forum.
Noem turned into something of a conservative folk hero during the 2020 election cycle as she traveled the country campaigning for then-President Donald Trump, while back home, she refused to implement restrictions on businesses or social gatherings in response to the coronavirus.
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Should Noem win reelection, she would be positioned to mount a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.
The voting is expected to begin in neighboring Iowa, with the traditional caucuses, a potential advantage for the small-state governor. Indeed, Noem headed to Des Moines in July to speak to an influential conservative group.