After a discussion earlier today, Jeff sent me this;
I am writing to let you know that I was among those recommending that Governor-Elect Noem plan to select Rhonda Milstead to replace Deb Peters who is quitting before taking office. I am disappointed that the Party in power continues to use that sleight of hand method to protect their domination in Pierre.
Allow me to say that I know Rhonda. We have rented her restaurant for Democratic events. I have eaten there for lunch with groups of Democrats. And, of course I work with her husband, Mike Milstead, our Minnehaha County Sheriff. She is the best Republican choice for this county and it is my job to do what is best for this county.
We can certainly find fault in things she may have said in the past but as has been said,”Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
I think Jeff said it best to me, Noem was going to appoint a Republican anyway, it might as well be a decent one.
Noem announced Friday that she will appoint Rhonda Milstead, of Sioux Falls, to represent District 9 during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.
I have met Rhonda on several occasions and she comes across as a NO NONSENSE person. I remember when she took over the contract for the Overlook Cafe, she reassured the council that her husband (Sheriff Mike Milstead) had ZERO to do with her business and her decisions. She has a very independent spirit that will serve us well. She will be a great asset to the legislature.
I was actually surprised that she (may) be a Republican. In my conversations with her and Mike, they always came across as independent thinkers when it came to politics. Maybe she is an Indy? I haven’t checked her registration. But it will be refreshing if she applies those same principles in Pierre to build consensus for the greater good.
It’s also kind of ironic she is a close neighbor to Mike Saba who was elected in November to state legislature in D9. Mike told me tonight that he was pleased with Noem’s choice and is looking forward to working with Rhonda in D9.
It should be NO surprise Noem appointed a woman to do the job. I would have actually been shocked if she appointed a man.
I had found out last week that Deb Peters had taken a position with SD Association of Healthcare Organizations from a friend in healthcare, but all week I kept checking the staff site and didn’t see anything. If it was true it seems they took a week of silence to do some back room deals to make sure the announcement went smooth. You wonder what kind of horse trading was going on last week?
I did know that they have been looking for someone to fill the position (VP of Communications/Member services) for awhile.
When I first found out, I asked myself, ‘How can she lobby when she is a legislator?’ One of my other lobbyist friends who also was privy to it suggested that she may resign from the legislature. So now once again a fake incumbent will be appointed by a Republican elect governor. Hopefully it won’t be Michael Clark who just got ousted by Saba. We have enough bigots in Pierre, we certainly don’t need more.
One has to speculate on a couple of things;
â€¢ How long has Peters known she would get the job? Did she know before the election and just kept quiet? That’s a little shady. While she wouldn’t be able to pull her name from the ballot, she could have at least told people she had no intention of taking the oath.
â€¢ Also, aren’t there rules from just leaving the legislature than becoming a lobbyist? I’m sure there will be some fancy foot work on that.
This is what happens when we don’t have ethics rules, or at least ones with clout. It also makes you wonder if they were waiting to see how Amendment W went down?
Why do we continue to elect people who work against our best interest? It’s mind boggling.