S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s infamous “It’s a Great Day in South Carolina” greeting has already been mocked by Palmetto politicos, now a pair of Democratic lawmakers want to outlaw it … or at least keep Haley from mandating its use.
S.C. Reps. John King (D-Rock Hill) and Wendell Gilliard (D-Charleston) have sponsored legislation that would forbid Haley from forcing state employees to use the hokey greeting until it actually is a great day in South Carolina (at least according to their definition of the term).
“No state agency, department, institution or entity may be required to use a telephone greeting of ‘It’s a great day in South Carolina” or another similar greeting connoting the advantages of or a pleasant demeanor in this state so long as certain conditions exist in South Carolina,” King and Gilliard’s legislation states.
Two months ago, Haley announced that employees at her cabinet agencies would be required to use the greeting.
“It’s part of who I am,” Haley said at the time. “As hokey as some people may think it is, I’m selling South Carolina as this great, new, positive state that everybody needs to look at.”
Haley’s greeting has been mocked in recent weeks with renewed vigor after her appointees to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) sold out our state’s economic and environmental interests to appease moneyed interests in Georgia pushing a taxpayer-funded expansion of the Port of Savannah.
“Thanks to DHEC, state offices may as well start answering their phones ‘It’s a great day in Georgia, how may we help them,’” S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley) recently tweeted.
OTHER SOURCES: “It’s not a great day in South Carolina?” (by Yvonne Wenger, Charleston Post and Courier)