Eager to debunk S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s self-proclaimed “Jobs Governor” title, Palmetto State Democrats have launched a new website zeroing in on various claims made by the incumbent “Republican.”
And most of the featured claims thus far are focused on Haley’s less-than-accurate “economic development” forecasts.
“Nikki Haley makes a lot of claims, using smoke and mirrors to hide the harsh reality of her failures. The truth is: Life is tough for most families in South Carolina, and when things go wrong Haley’s covers it up instead of being honest with the people,” said Conor Hurley, SCDP Executive Director. “From distorting the jobs numbers to concealing her economic failures, to allowing children to be kept in danger to mismanagement at DSS and covering up the hacking of people’s Social Security Numbers — Nikki Haley has shown time and again that she cannot be trusted. It’s our job to hold her accountable, and that’s exactly what we’re doing with this microsite and digital initiative.”
Haley has been busted inflating the state’s jobs numbers on several previous occasions (including HERE and HERE), but her real trick is touting the state’s shrinking unemployment rate – which isn’t the result of new jobs, but rather tens of thousands of working age South Carolinians leaving the workforce .”
That’s why the Palmetto State has a record low labor participation rate.
Democrats have nominated S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen to run against Haley – although his campaign has badly faltered. That’s opened the door for self-styled “independent Republican” Tom Ervin – who is running on an interesting mix of free market conservative and populist Democratic policies.
Also running? Libertarian nominee Steve French – who has been aggressively pressing Haley on the bread and butter fiscal issues where she is vulnerable.