Kristi Noem becomes South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House in January. One of her fellow members of Congress will be someone whose name is very familiar to Noem and her South Dakota constituents: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif.
Pelosi, 70, breezed to re-election this year as the representative of California’s Eighth District, which encompasses most of San Francisco. But while Pelosi had no trouble winning her 13th term in Congress, she was a target for Republican candidates across the country.
Noem certainly joined the parade of GOP hopefuls who worked to link their opponents to Pelosi, whom they depicted as an extreme liberal out of touch with most Americans. While Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., had cut a moderate path in her six and a half years in office, she had voted for Pelosi for speaker, as did all Democrats.
That was enough for Noem and her campaign to make an issue of Pelosi. A lot of candidates and campaigns used the same strategy. A study revealed that $65 million was spent on ads criticizing Pelosi.
Here’s a CNN report on it: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/08/anti-pelosi-ads-break-records/
Noem and Pelosi will soon be colleagues in Congress. On some issues, such as naming post offices and other non-controversial issues, they are sure to vote the same way. Herseth Sandlin voted with Pelosi more than 90 percent of the time and Noem used that fact to tie the Democrat to the speaker, despite SHS’s protests that it was a misleading figure.
Pelosi won’t be the speaker much longer, since the GOP now holds a majority. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, seems assured of holding that post, although Noem has so far declined to say if she supports him.
One thing is for sure: Pelosi, the first female speaker of the House, won’t serve another term. She is seeking to continue the lead the Democrats and is a candidate for minority leader.
Meanwhile, SHS is cleaning out her offices and mulling her future while Noem is getting ready for the big city and the big time. That includes living in the same city and very possibly mingling with Pelosi.
If they bump into each other in a cloakroom,Â someone mayÂ hear Noem use the words that dominated her campaign: “Sorry, Nancy.”