Responding to questions about Mike Rounds's formal announcement that he's running for Senate, Rep. Kristi Noem says she's too busy doing her job to think about the 2014 campaign:
Noem, who is celebrating her 41st birthday today, was asked by reporters whether running for the Senate was something she has considered. "It’s too early for that. People are tired of campaigning," Noem said. “They really want to see our elected officials get back to work now that the election is over.”
She declined to say when she would make a decision as to whether she would run. "That’s something that I’m just not looking at right now as far as making any major decisions. That election is two full years away" [Christopher Doering, "Kristi Noem Says It's Too Early to Decide on Senate Run in 2014," that Sioux Falls paper, 2012.11.29].
Noem's getting back to work, all right... the only work she's good at: raising money for her next campaign. Here's an invitation from Bryon Noem to Kristi's birthday fundraiser in Rapid City Saturday:
Oops—I hope I didn't spoil the surprise. And dang it: Kristi comes to Rapid City for a party, and I'm in Yankton!
The next time you see Kristi on the phone at a committee meeting, you know she's doing her real job: raising campaign money for 2014.