GOVERNOR’S “MR. FIX IT” IS MOVING ON …
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is losing her top budget and policy advisor, sources close to the administration tell FITS.
Christian Soura, Haley’s deputy chief of staff for budget and policy, will be leaving the governor’s office next month.
It’s not immediately clear what Soura’s next move will be, but his departure deprives Haley of one of the few intellectually curious members of her staff – and one of its few adults.
Dubbed “Mr. Fix-It” by the governor herself, Soura transitioned into a paid staff role in Haley’s office after initially serving as a $1-a-year staffer paid by a group supportive of Haley.
“It’s quite a loss for her,” a source familiar with Soura’s departure tells FITS. “He does all the heavy policy lifting.”
FITS isn’t especially familiar with Soura’s ideology. We know he worked for a Democratic governor in Pennsylvania, and we know Haley’s administration has advanced a fiscally liberal agenda on taxes, spending, education and (most notably) government-subsidized health care.
At the end of the day, though, it’s Haley’s name on the letterhead … and Soura (whatever his ideological moorings may be) always struck us as a decent and reasonable guy. One of the few in Haley’s administration who isn’t either an incompetent, political hack or hot head.
Or combination of the three …