Matt Varilek Calls Out Kristi Noem Again
September 26, 2012 9:05 PM
U.S. Representative candidate Matt Varilek has called out Representative Kristi Noem again and this time for her lack of attendance at Indian Affairs meetings.
Varilek claimed Noem has been to five out of 22 Indian Affairs meetings since taking office in January of 2011.
It wasn't long ago when Varilek called out Noem on missing agriculture meetings, and Noem said it's unfortunate Varilek has focused on where she is at all times, rather than the real issues.
"It's troubling to know that South Dakota's one member of Congress, there one voice in the U.S. House, very often isn't doing the job and isn’t speaking up on behalf of South Dakota," said Varilek.
He said the most basic measures of job performance is to show up for work, but Noem said she's been busy balancing three committees and nine sub-committees and sometimes meetings preside over others.
"I have to prioritize my meetings and put the interest of South Dakota first and I always do that, rather than sitting in sub-committees that aren't specific to South Dakota," said Noem.
Varilek fought back and said that's just an excuse.
"We find cases where South Dakota citizens are testifying and where the top is directly on a South Dakota issue," said Varilek.
"Matt Varilek is just launching these attacks because he doesn't want to talk about the real issues in the race," said Noem.
Issues such as Medicare and National Energy Tax, but Varilek said he’s not backing down, and said he can do the job better.
"Right now, we're not getting the kind of hard working, focused representation we deserve. With no back up in the U.S. House, it's very important that we have a hard worker there and that's the kind of member of Congress I'll be," said Varilek.
Noem said there's no slacking on her part, and says she's been able to champion a lot of issues important to the state, including those that impact Native Americans and Tribes.
"My commitment to South Dakota Native Americans is very clear, I’ve gotten a lot of results on issues that are important to them," said Noem.
With the election less than 45 days away, both candidates will continue to fight to represent the state of South Dakota.
According to Noem, attendance isn't taken during committee meetings and says she's not sure how Varilek is getting his information.
Regardless where he's finding her absences, Varilek said Noem says she's missed certain meetings because other ones are more important to our state.
The General Election is November 6th.