Governor Nikki Haley – Less Than Zero
A Special Report by Paul Gable and Jeffrey Sewell
“Teflon” Nikki Haley gets her hard-earned place on the national political stage tonight when she gives a major speech to the Republican National Convention.
Whatever Haley’s message, it must be looked at with a jaundiced eye. The saga of “Telfon Nikki” is and has been all about Nikki, image and personal gain trump substance and public service. This as she nears two years completed as South Carolina’s governor.
While she was elected as the Tea Party favorite and promised the most transparent administration in state history, her performance after assuming office has been the direct opposite.
Just to mention two of her many contradictions, (1) Haley could only find $88 million in state funding to veto in the current record setting $7 billion state budget and (2) her administration consistently denies to provide information sought in Freedom of Information Act requests.
A synopsis of Haley’s many contradictions are compiled in the articles listed below. Who is the Nikki Haley most South Carolinians know? Listen to her speech tonight and ask yourself what has gone so wrong in politics today wherein we allow such hypocrisy to present itself on a national stage as something other than what it is?
“Actions speak louder than words, except in politics, where b__s__ political rhetoric is often mistaken for action. Haley’s actions show her to be an extremely ethically challenged politician…”
It is interesting to note that SLED only stepped up its raids of internet cafes after Senate District 23 candidate Katrina Shealy was left off the primary ballot for failing to file paperwork properly. In challenging incumbent Sen. Jake Knotts, Shealy has the support of Gov. Nikki Haley.
In Haley’s case, complaints of ethics violations by Republican fundraiser John Rainey were never heard. The case against Haley was never presented. A total of 11 “witnesses” came before committee members providing testimony to exonerate Haley, without any substantive cross examination. Joe Stalin’s show trials in the 1930’s Soviet Union weren’t stage managed this well.
Charges of nepotism and apparent attempts at media intimidation have turned a non-story into a story affecting the administration of Gov. Nikki Haley as well as highlighting why South Carolinaranks as the 45th worst state in the nation in a public corruption study by the Center for Political Integrity.
Haley’s $60 million in budget vetoes this week were a joke. For someone calling herself a conservative, she found very little to cut out of a budget that totaled nearly $7 billion in the generalfund and $23 billion overall.
The General Assembly was the recipient of nearly $1 billion in extra revenue and managed to spend it all. Haley, who likes to pit herself as opposing the ‘good ole boy’ system, allowed virtually all of the extra $1 billion in spending to stand.
Haley relishes role of ‘kingmaker’
“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” ~ William Shakespeare
“Haley can sit back in the Governor’s Mansion laughing at the state because her innocent little girl act was given a pass by the committee. And I’ll bet that is exactly what she is doing today.”
That statement sums up the performance Haley put on for the committee. Combined with what came off as an innocent little girl act, Haley got away with character assassination while Rainey was never called to testify.
Imagine this: Over a 10-day period in mid-March a sitting governor conducted practically no state business through letters, emails, texting, or through Facebook, Twitter or fax. That’s what Gov.Nikki Haley would have you believe, according toinformation her office turned over in response to aFreedom of Information Act request by The Nerve.
Sounds sort of ominous, huh?
Well, that was the idea. It was meant to distract everyone here from the real issue — which is whether the governor broke the law.
“Haley lied to this committee,” Rainey concludes bluntly in a memo sent to ethicscommittee chairman Roland Smith, whose panel is seeking additional information regarding Haley’s previous employment with Lexington Medical Center and Wilbur Smith Associates.
“The influence of big money at the General Assembly is probably greater than it was 20 years ago,”