Nikki Haley’s “Hands On” Problem
GOVERNOR HAS A FUNNY WAY OF CLEANING UP HER OWN MESSES
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has a curious definition of accountability in government …
What is it? To appoint incompetent people to key government posts, watch them fail and then ride to the rescue during an election year.
Haley – who has seen at least three of her cabinet directors resign in disgrace – told The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier this week that she will take a “hands on” approach to the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS), arguably the worst-managed of all her agencies.
“I’m very hands on,” Haley told the paper. “When we had problems with DOT, I went into DOT. We had problems with Revenue. I went into Revenue. Now we’re going into DSS.”
Last time we checked, Haley was elected in November 2010. Meaning the problems at all of these agencies occurred under her watch – at the hands of her appointees.
Also when it comes to SCDSS, the extent of Haley’s “involvement” has been to keep a totally incompetent official at her post.
“Haley may want to pretend like she hasn’t been governor for the past four years, but the fact is that the biggest disasters have not only occurred under her watch, but because of her failures of leadership,” S.C. Democratic Party spokeswoman Kristin Sosanie said.