Politics Kristi Noem jettisons Corey Lewandowski amid sexual misconduct allegations
Kristi Noem blasts 'total garbage' rumors amid nepotism review and affair allegations
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem denied what she described as "total garbage" and untrue rumors on Wednesday. The Republican, widely seen as a possible 2024 White House contender, spoke out amid a hectic 24-hour period in which South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced he is reviewing nepotism concerns from state lawmakers about Noem's meeting with her daughter last year and a report with allegations that the governor is having an extramarital affair with Trump confidant Corey Lewandowski. Her tweet did not directly address any of the burgeoning controversies.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has cut ties with top political adviser Corey Lewandowski, a close confidant of former President Donald Trump, amid disturbing allegations of sexual misconduct.
Noem, considered a dark horse contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, announced Thursday through a spokesman that Lewandowski would no longer be advising her political efforts or otherwise be associated with her operation. The spokesman emphasized that Lewandowski was never a paid adviser, either by Noem's campaign or the governor's office.
"Corey was always a volunteer, never paid a dime — campaign or official," Noem's communications director in her gubernatorial office, Ian Fury, told the Washington Examiner. "He will not be advising the governor in regard to the campaign or official office."
Trump operation replaces Lewandowski after claims of sexual impropriety
Corey Lewandowski, a top aide to former President Trump, has been removed as chairman of the MAGA Action political action committee, just days after he allegedly sexually harassed a Trump donor this past weekend.Trump's director of communications Taylor Budowich announced on Twitter that former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi would be replacing Lewandowski as the head of the MAGA Action PAC."Pam Bondi, the very talented and honorable frmr AG of FL, has our complete faith and confidence in taking over MAGA Action. Corey Lewandowski will be going on to other endeavors and we very much want to thank him for his service.
The accusations against Lewandowskiin Politico Wednesday. The alleged victim, a female Republican campaign contributor, claims Lewandowski sexually harassed, groped her, made unwanted sexual advances and threatened her with retribution if she did not comply. The alleged incidents occurred at a fundraising dinner in Las Vegas.
Lewandowski had been advising Noem as she traveled the country to campaign for fellow Republicans and raise her national political profile.
Meanwhile, a Trump spokesman announced late Wednesday that Lewandowski was no longer affiliated with the former president's political operation.
Lawmakers, AG to Investigate Kristi Noem's Meeting With State Employees, Daughter
The state employees oversaw an agency that moved to reject an application for the South Dakota governor's daughter to become a certified real estate appraiser. Noem speaks during the Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 16, 2021. The state employees present at the meeting oversaw an agency that moved to reject an application for Noem's daughter to become a ce However, the application was not denied after Noem summoned the state employee overseeing her daughter's application to her office, according to the Department of Labor and Regulation.
Noem is running for a second term as South Dakota governor in 2022. She spent the 2020 election cycle as a top surrogate for Trump’s reelection campaign.
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Lewandowski Demanded Cash After MAGA-Land Kicked Him to the Curb .
Last week, Donald Trump announced the exile of his confidant and former top campaign aide Corey Lewandowski, with advisers banishing him from leading a major pro-Trump super PAC, following sexual-misconduct allegations against the loyalist from a big GOP donor. But Lewandowski, initially, wouldn’t go, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. What followed, the sources described, was what amounted to stages of denial and bargaining before ultimately being abandoned by the world he claimed to dominate.Lewandowski, at first privately and then publicly through a lawyer, denied the details of the alleged incident. When that didn’t work, he resisted leaving.