S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is the target of yet another recall petition, only this time the thrust of the effort appears to be coming from the Republican side of the aisle … confirming our previous reporting.
(To view the “Trikki Nikki Recall” petition, click here).
The petition states that Haley campaigned on transparency in government but has “run one of the most opaque administrations in South Carolina history.” It also claims that Haley campaigned on fiscal responsibility but has “doled out huge pay raises to her staff and presided over the largest budget in the history of the State of South Carolina.”
Beyond that, the recall petition references Haley’s recent “Savannah River Sellout” – a flagrant betrayal of our state’s economic and environmental interests – as a move that will “materially diminish our state’s competitiveness.”
The petition also references charges leveled by GOP fundraiser John Rainey in a lawsuit filed against Haley earlier this year, arguing that the former state lawmaker “illegally lobbied on behalf of at least one of her former employers, failed to disclose the work she did for another former employer and failed to recuse herself from a vote that benefited a former employer.”
Additionally, it states that Haley “has yet to release her taxpayer-funded legislative hard drives in response to media inquiries regarding multiple, as-yet-unresolved allegations of marital infidelity.”
South Carolina’s constitution does not currently provide for the recall of elected officials, although the “Recall SC” group appears to be pushing to change that.
“We need your help to make recall the ultimate measure of accountability for our elected officials,” a disclaimer at the bottom of the site reads.
Any recall amendment to the constitution would have to be approved by two-thirds majorities of both the S.C. House and State Senate – and that’s just to put the measure on the statewide ballot, where it would need to receive further approval from a majority of voters.
A steep climb? Absolutely, but at the rate Haley is going … not an impossible one.
Also, the group advancing this petition appears to be much better organized than the small clique of liberals who pushed the first “Recall Haley” effort – which was launched in March in response to Haley’s decision to remove liberal Lake City, S.C. financier Darla Moore from the University of South Carolina’s board of trustees.
We agreed with Haley’s decision to oust Moore – although the whole episode quickly turned into yet another example of Haley’s inability to shoot straight with the public.
Incidentally, in a nod to the original petition, the new Recall Haley petition includes a reference to Haley misleading the public regarding “the circumstances regarding her removal of Darla Moore from the University of South Carolina board of trustees” as one of several untruthful statements Haley has made since taking office.
The organization of yet another Recall Haley movement is a testament to the growing level of anger and frustration that voters across the political spectrum are feeling toward the governor, whose first year in office has been marred by numerous scandals and repeated instances of hypocrisy.
The fact that Republicans not surprising seeing as a recent poll from Winthrop University showed Haley’s approval rating among Republicans at an anemic 52.5 percent (her overall approval rating, according to the poll, is 34.6 percent).
According to a FITS poll taken last week, 896 respondents (73 percent) believe that Haley should be recalled compared to 327 respondents (27 percent) who believe that she should remain in office.
South Carolina is one of thirty states that does not allow for recall elections, although a bill to change that was introduced in the S.C. General Assembly in 2009 following former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s misadventures with his Latin lover Maria Belen Chapur. Its lead advocate in the State Senate is Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley), who has criticize Haley vociferously over the “Savannah River Sellout.” Meanwhile its chief proponent in the S.C. House is Democratic lawmaker Boyd Brown – another prominent Haley antagonist.
Then-State Rep. Haley refused to sign onto the 2009 recall bill, telling her colleagues that she “didn’t believe” in the concept. However she has since changed her tune – saying she would support a recall bill if its provisions applied to state lawmakers as well as statewide elected officials.
We agree … in fact, every elected official in South Carolina from the dogcatcher on up should be subject to a recall provision.
Unfortunately, the state’s “Republican-controlled” S.C. House of Representatives shot down the recall amendment on a party-line vote.
Only two governors in U.S. history have ever been recalled. In 1921, Lynn Frazier – governor of North Dakota – was recalled during a dispute about state-owned industries. In 2003, California Gov. Gray Davis was recalled over the state budget. Former Arizona Gov. Evan Meacham faced a recall election in 1988 but was impeached and removed from office before the vote could take place.