By FITSNews || Robert Ariail – former editorial cartoonist for The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper – has stirred up a veritable Indian viper’s nest with his latest cartoon, which depicts S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley as a hypocrite on her signature campaign issue of government transparency.
In one frame, the cartoon depicts Haley in a bikini with a pageant sash proclaiming herself as “Miss Transparency.” In the next frame, it shows her wearing a burqa – which women in some Muslim cultures are forced to wear in public to hide their bodies.
“What she promises,” the bikini frame reads.
“What we get,” reads the accompanying image of Haley in the burqa.
Potentially adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Ariail – like several prominent white members of the S.C. Republican Party to which Haley also belongs – is a member of a “whites only” country club in Columbia, S.C.
Featured Sunday on his website, the controversial cartoon has drawn sharp criticism from Haley supporters, who claim that it “essentially calls her a rag head.” Haley has been the victim of racial slurs in the past. Of course she’s also had trouble “walking the walk” when it comes to government transparency, the issue around which she has built her 2010 gubernatorial bid.
Two months ago, Haley cited a legislative exemption and refused to release email and cell phone records between her and FITS founding editor Will Folks, who claimed that and Haley had an “inappropriate physical relationship” in the Spring of 2007.
Then, Haley waited until just hour before the GOP runoff vote on June 22 to reveal that she had received $40,000 in undisclosed income from a firm with extensive taxpayer-funded contracts. Haley reported the income to the IRS, but claimed that she did not have to publicly disclose it.
Haley communications director Rob Godfrey did not immediately return a phone call from FITS seeking comment.
Pic: Robert Ariail.com
Robert Ariail (Official Site)