Bipartisan House Caucus Formed After Noem Book Admission

( — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has been seen by many as a possible choice for a republican vice president in the upcoming election. However, an excerpt from her not-yet-released book “No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward” has many rethinking that idea.

In the relevant passages, she discusses a young dog she was apparently trying to train as a hunting companion, but that she says was untrainable and dangerous. She then goes on to detail how she shot the dog as well as a goat she wanted to put down. These actions were witnessed by a construction crew.

Many people on both sides of the political divide have been horrified by the gruesome tale and an unlikely political partnership has been formed as a result. An informal bipartisan group of members of the House have banded together to create the “Dog Lovers Caucus”. Florida Democrat Representative Jared Moskowitz, Pennsylvania Democrat Susan Wild and South Carolina Republican Representative Nancy Mace are the founding members. In the public announcement, the group says they will be dedicated to a shared love of dogs.

Between 57-72% of Americans own dogs, and on average, they spend somewhere between $4,500 and $7,000 on their canine friends annually. There is a long and accepted tradition of keeping pets, specifically dogs, in the U.S. However, some of Noem’s defenders have pointed out that in rural areas, people often have very different relationships with dogs. For many, the dog remains a working animal, not a pampered pet who wears sweaters and goes to doggie daycare. South Dakota Republican Representative Dusty Johnson claims Noem dealt with the dog with all the humanity that was required.

While Noem has defended her actions by telling stories of the 14-month-old wirehair pointer known as Cricket, for many, there is no excuse that will justify her shooting her own dog. Fellow Republican Mace, who famously denounced Anthony Fauci’s past medical experimentation on dogs, says the new caucus will champion legislation to protect their “rights and well-being”. She added that while Congress may disagree on many things, at least they can come together on this.

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