S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is considering naming Karen Floyd to her cabinet, multiple sources at the S.C. State House tell FITS.
Specifically, the former SCGOP chairwoman is being considered as the next head of the S.C. Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR).
Why is that interesting? Well, Floyd has been leading the charge to get current SCLLR director Catherine Templeton appointed to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) – rallying female Republicans with several shameless gender card plays.
The SCLLR post pays roughly $117,000 a year (not including benefits), while the SCDHEC post pays more than $150,000 a year (again, excluding benefits).
Haley’s spokesman Rob Godfrey – as is his long-standing custom – refused to respond to our request for comment regarding the Floyd rumors. Our source in Haley’s office declined to speculate on the report, but did say that Floyd and Haley have been “closely coordinating” on the Templeton confirmation.
Some Republicans are speculating that these reports are being ginned up by Democrats who are angry at Floyd for her attacks on S.C. Sen. Phil Leventis – who is filibustering Templeton’s nomination.
Last week Floyd’s website referred to Leventis as “a Troglodyte,” or “a person with outmoded, caveman-like views.”
“She is no more a candidate for the LLR job than the Democratic Senators who are ginning up these rumors,” one GOP source told us, adding that Haley
Floyd – who ran unsuccessfully for S.C. Superintendent of Education in 2006 (the only Republican on the statewide ballot who lost that year) – runs a public relations firm in Spartanburg, S.C. that receives financial support from her wealthy husband. Her tenure at the helm of the SCGOP was marred by allegations of fiscal mismanagement – which she hotly-disputed.
Floyd has previously been appointed by Haley to serve as a member of the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA).
We once viewed Floyd as a politico with a bright future ahead of her – however her compulsive need to delineate (and assign judgment to) the world around her along strict gender lines is beginning to incapacitate her politically.
UPDATE: Sources close to Floyd tell FITS that rumors of her taking the LLR job are “total bullsh*t.” We’ll await something more definitive than that.