Kristi for Governor Issues Statement on Government Accountability Board

August 23, 2022

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota ethics board has found enough information that Gov. Kristi Noem may have “engaged in misconduct” when she intervened in her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license to potentially take action against the Republican governor.

The Government Accountability Board determined that “appropriate action” could be taken against Noem, though it didn’t specify the action.

Its procedures call for a contested case hearing that would give Noem, who has denied wrongdoing, a chance to publicly defend herself against the allegations. The board also referred a complaint that Noem flew on state-owned airplanes to political events to the state attorney general’s office for further investigation.

Governor Noem’s campaign spokesman, Ian Fury, released a statement saying, ““These complaints are all political and filed by a disgraced former attorney general who literally killed a man, lied about it, and tried to cover it up. Governor Noem was the first to call him out for this, and he filed these complaints in retaliation. It is unfortunate the board chose not to bring this charade to an end.”