The director of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s embattled Department of Transportation has resigned … but not because his agency was (is) an unmitigated disaster. Or because Charleston is in gridlock.
Robert St. Onge stepped down because he was busted driving under the influence of alcohol in Lexington County, S.C. … at 8:00 a.m.
(Yeah … let that last part sink in).
After being pulled over on Interstate 20 for erratic driving, St. Onge failed a field sobriety test. He later blew a .20 on a breathalyzer machine – more than twice the legal limit.
“With heartfelt regret, I am resigning my position as Secretary of Transportation effective today due to personal reasons,” St. Onge wrote in a letter to Haley. “I would like to thank you for the support you have shown me as we have worked together to improve South Carolina’s transportation system.”
Is this guy drunk?
Wait … don’t answer that …
St. Onge is the second former military man to resign from Haley’s cabinet in disgrace. Last year former general Abraham Turner resigned as director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW), another agency racked by scandal and mismanagement.
Haley appointed her former college roommate Christi Hall as the agency’s interim director.
Hall was criticized three years ago when she was promoted seemingly out of nowhere to run SCDOT’s finances. Now she’s in charge of the whole agency.