- Country star Reba McEntire was billed as a guest at a fundraiser for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
- But McEntire said she never planned to attend, saying she doesn't get involved in politics.
- A representative for Noem said the governor is a "huge fan of Reba."
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Reba McEntire was billed as a special guest for an upcoming fundraising event for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, but the country superstar said she never had plans to attend.
"Last night, an invitation to a political fundraiser with my name attached was sent out without my knowledge or permission. I had and have no plans to attend this event and had told the event organizers as such," McEntire said in a tweet Friday.
"Throughout my career, I have stated that I do not get involved in politics and that remains true today," she added.
McEntire had been listed on an invitation to a barbecue fundraiser being held for Noem this Sunday in Montana, with tickets going for $500 a person.
-Reba (@reba) June 11, 2021
A representative for Noem, a rising Republican star, told KELO in a statement that they had received confirmation that the singer would be attending.
"The Kristi for Governor campaign follows standard operating procedure when it comes to confirming and listing hosts for the Governor's events," Ian Fury said. "That includes written confirmation. The procedures were followed in this instance. I'd add that the Governor is a huge fan of Reba."
The fundraiser is for Noem's reelection campaign. She has been talked about as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, though the governor has said she does not plan to run for president and that South Dakota is her focus.