Gov. Kristi Noem is no longer the featured speaker at a Maryland Republican Party event scheduled for Thursday.
Noem was slated to speak during the “Red, White and Blue” dinner at the Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, according to Herald Mail Media. Now, KellyAnne Conway, the former senior counselor to former President Donald Trump, will speak at the annual dinner for Maryland GOP members.
“We can’t wait to welcome Gov. Noem to Maryland for our biggest event of the year,” Dirk Haire, the Maryland Republican chair, wrote when announcing the event, according to Maryland Matters, a non-profit news site. “I personally look forward to hearing her share her experience in fighting for South Dakotans’ individual liberties as the federal government tried to impose hysterical Covid restrictions.”
The governor recently underwent surgery for a back injury. Because of that, she will not travel to Maryland for the event and is instead sending her regards through video message, her communication director Ian Fury said. She was also slated to appear at a few other events on the east coast, but will be unable to go.
Fury said Noem is anticipated to attend the Buffalo Round Up at Custer State Park and the gubernatorial debate in Rapid City, both on Sept. 30.
During the summer, the first-term governor traveled to Alabama, Massachusetts and Nevada for various GOP fundraising and speaking events. She told CBS in July that she hasn’t ruled out a possible run for president in 2024 but if Trump runs, she would support him.
Noem has also run digital ads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in recent months.