The scandal that began months ago with a handful of articles on this website culminated earlier this week with the long-overdue resignation of Lillian Koller – S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s scandal-scarred welfare czarina.

Or did it?

One of Haley’s 2014 gubernatorial opponents – S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden) – doesn’t want the scandal at the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) to die down. And Haley lent him and her other opponents a huge helping hand by continuing to praise Koller despite her abysmal record.

According to the governor, Koller “brought in accountability at DSS.”

Ummmm … really? In what universe is fudged numbers, dead kids and an effort by the governor’s office to cover it all up considered “accountability?”

“Governor Haley chose Lillian Koller, defended her through months of reports proving mismanagement and suffering children, and continues to praise Koller following her resignation despite the major failings at DSS that allowed children to die and be kept in danger. Leadership begins at the top, and clearly Nikki Haley can’t be trusted to lead the government or demand accountability from her administration,” Sheheen’s campaign manager said in a statement accompanying a new online ad. “We’ve now seen multiple Haley department heads fail miserably and be forced from office by bipartisan pressure while the Governor continues to praise them. That is unacceptable. The people of South Carolina deserve better. Our children deserve better.”

Here’s the clip …

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Ouch …

In addition to Koller, Haley has been forced to accept the resignations of Abraham Turner at the S.C. Department of Workforce, Jim Etter at the S.C. Department of Revenue and Robert St. Onge of the S.C. Department of Transportation.

All four resigned in disgrace amid scandals …

Haley’s campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey told The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper that the new web ad was “just more politics from trial lawyer Vince Sheheen.”