New South Carolina state government reporter Adam Beam of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper hasn’t even been on the job a week and already S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is lying to him.
In a report on U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s recent overnight visit to the S.C. Governor’s Mansion, Beam reported that Haley has extended the same courtesy to other GOP candidates as they court voters in advance of the Palmetto state’s “First in the South” presidential primary.
From Beam’s story:
Gov. Nikki Haley said she has invited all of the GOP presidential candidates to stay at the Governor’s Mansion, but Bachmann was the first to accept her offer.
Numerous sources tell FITS that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney - who was the first GOP presidential contender to endorse Haley’s 2010 gubernatorial bid last spring – called Haley personally earlier this year and asked if he could stay at the mansion during a South Carolina visit.
“Governor Romney was told by Governor Haley that he needed to call her office and inquire as to the availability of accommodations at the mansion,” a source close to Romney’s campaign tells FITS.
According to a source in Haley’s office, Romney actually swallowed this initial indignity and had a staff member make the call – at which point his office was told in no uncertain terms that there was “no room in the inn.”
Ouch again …
While the particulars of Haley’s “Romney snub” aren’t disputed, there are conflicting reports as to what precipitated it. One school of thought is that Haley is secretly in Romney’s camp (as she was in 2008) but doesn’t want to appear to be too close to him too soon. Others believe that there is a major row between the two politicians.
All we know is that if Haley’s lips are moving … she’s lying.