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Noem Staffer Gets Million-Dollar Mansion

Expect a stoic silence from the Noem camp on this one...

Once upon a time, Senator Tom Daschle caught all sorts of guff from folks who wanted to beat him for having a two-million-dollar house (oops, sorry: mansion) in D.C. (or was it $3 million?). Nice houses in Washington, D.C., just don't reflect South Dakota values, do they?

With that in mind, let us turn to the McLean, Virginia, real estate transfers for October. Of 19 home sales recorded at the Fairfax County property tax office, only three were for less than $500K, all condos. Six homes went for over a million dollars. The bargain in that batch: 6134 Ramshorn Drive. Four bedrooms, three and a half baths, 3167 square feet, quarter-acre lot, sold July 30 this year for $1.02 million.

Whew! I've got four times the lot, but this swanky McLean house has 2.5 times the space and 10 times the mortgage of my humble South Dakota abode.

McLean is a nice neighborhood. Median family income is over $180K; poverty rate is 1.9%. Compare that to Castlewood, South Dakota, where median family income is about $37K and poverty is 7.1%.

Castlewood? What the—oh! I almost forgot to tell you who bought this piece of the American Dream. Please congratulate new homeowners Carine and Jordan Stoick.

Stoick... where have I heard...

Oh! Jordan Stoick! Mobridge boy made good! Successful Washington P.R. dude! And Kristi Noem's new chief of staff:

As I prepare to go to work in Congress, I'm focused on putting together a quality team of individuals that will help me serve South Dakota well. Jordan understands the issues important to our state, and his background and experience makes him a great person to help ensure we hit the ground running on behalf of all South Dakotans [emphasis mine; Representative-Elect Kristi Noem, press release, 2010.12.03].

Catch that? Stoick lives in a million-dollar house, worth seven times more than the median house in Sioux Falls. He lives in a swanky, exclusive D.C. neighborhood. And Kristi Noem thinks he "understands the issues important to our state." But having a big, expensive house doesn't have anything to do with one's ability to understand and fight for South Dakota, does it?

Oh, but I suppose there's a world of difference between Tom Dsachle and Jordan Stoick. Daschle was the elected Senator, the decision-maker, the man directly accountable to us South Dakotans in our $100K sod shanties. Jordan Stoick is just a staffer... the chief of staff, the man behind the scenes, the man who has Kristi's ear every day on every issue, telling her how to be a Congresswoman.

Million-dollar mansion. There's one more meme we won't hear in any future GOP attack ads. Thanks, Kristi!

p.s.: Boy, I hope Stoick didn't have to sell the boat to swing the payments.

pp.s.: Is Kristi's house that big place by the Racota Valley Ranch sign on Highway 81? How much is her house worth?


  1. Michael Black 2010.12.06

    I don't understand how a staffer's home purchase should affect our representative's job performance. Nice houses are more expensive in Washington then in South Dakota. I'm not seeing any great sin against society.

  2. GoldMan 2010.12.06

    You said it yourself, Cory.

    "Oh! Jordan Stoick! Mobridge boy made good! Successful Washington P.R. dude!"

    Jordan Stoick has been in Washington for awhile, he's originally a South Dakota guy who has found success working in Washington, and he probably picked up a bargain from a politician or staffer who just lost his/her job on November 2nd. That same house around here would fetch about $275,000, unless it was lakefront.

    The positive factor is that Noem found a home-state staffer who is familiar with Washington to help her hit the ground running.

  3. Ryan 2010.12.06

    So would the above two commentators say the same thing about Daschle's house being made an issue?

    I didn't agree with Daschle on many things which is why I didn't vote for him but I thought the controversy over his house was just plain stupid! It made SD look very small-minded and backwards.

  4. Mark O'Loughlen 2010.12.06


    You are correct. South Dakota is small-minded and backwards, it just wasn't an illusion from some political activity.

  5. JohnSD 2010.12.06

    It matters because Dascle was vilified in a distorted video as being a DC resident, having an east coast mansion and being someone that could no longer relate to South Dakota values. No different from this guy. Cory is simply pointing out the hypocrisy that SD voters were too, ah, you fill in the blank, unable to figure out.

  6. caheidelberger 2010.12.06

    "picked up a bargain from a politician..." Holy cow, Rod! Talk about making stuff up! You could just as easily whip up some wild fantasy that Jordan's wife actually paid for the house with the cash she made representing Fox Television Stations....

    John gets it: we can just be happy that Kristi Noem has permanently removed the "million-dollar mansion" meme from future campaigns. Now if she could just get her Thune handlers to apologize to Tom Daschle.

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