Gov. Kristi Noem Changing It Up, From Politics to Pawlitics


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Finally, the one thing to bring Democrats and Republicans together, it’s not politics as usual, instead it’s pawlitics.

This may be the coolest thing to happen since Tip O’Neill (former U.S. Speaker of the House and a Democrat) and President Ronald Reagan (a Republican) privately hung out during the “cocktail hour.”. A bipartisan group of lawmakers launched the Congressional Dog Lovers Caucus, following South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem writing in her book, No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward how and why she shot and killed her adolescent dog.

“Dogs are the only thing on earth that loves you more than they love themselves. Their joy to live brings together Americans from all walks of life and can help nourish bipartisanship in Congress,” Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL.) said in a statement. “Given recent dog-related news, it’s evident that both sides of the aisle reject animal cruelty and support protecting man’s best friend.”

Other member of this caucus includes Representative Susan Wild (D-PA.) and Nancy Mace (R-SC), said they launched the Congressional Dog Lovers Caucus to share their love of dogs and their companionship and find bipartisan common ground in Congress.

“We started this caucus to champion legislation that protects the rights and well-being of dogs, ensuring they receive the care, respect, and recognition they deserve,” Mace said in a statement.

Noem wrote in her own book, No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward about how she made the hard decision to shoot the dog because he was “untrainable” and killed chickens on a farm. Of course, the dog wasn’t supervised while able to find and then kill chickens. She called her dog, Cricket, “a trained assassin.”

Noem’s rising popularity in the GOP has appeared to put her on the shortlist of vice-presidential candidates for former President Donald Trump. However, at least according to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, those chances have now diminished.

Noem has responded to the backlash. saying, “Tough decisions like this happen all the time on a farm.” However, farmers don’t so much agree, including some public officials her own state.

Moskowitz was one of several lawmakers who weighed in instantly. He’s a freshman Democrat notorious for his online trolling — posted an infomercial-style video mocking Noem with the caption: “For just $.10 a day you can help us save a puppy from Kristi Noem.” The video was tongue ‘n cheek, but the message Gov. Noem is delivering isn’t funny, that solving a problem with a gun is making a difficult choice.

Other legislators I know are animal lovers as well, and on both sides of the aisle – leading the way may be Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL).