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To say that S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s first year in office has been an unmitigated disaster is an understatement … it’s been one embarrassing, self-inflicted, unforced pooch screw right after another, with literally no end in sight.

Seriously … Haley and her team make the “gang that couldn’t shoot straight” look like expert marksmen. And it’s not just the fact that they’re screwing up literally everything they touch – it’s the nakedly self-interested way in which they’re fumbling through governance that’s so appalling.

How bad have things gotten? According to Associated Press reporter Jim Davenport, even the chef at the S.C. Governor’s Mansion – Geoff Sandifer – is in on the corruption.

“An aide to the governor’s husband recruited clients for Geoff Sandifer’s side business as a caterer, and Sandifer made it a point to play up his role as the governor’s chef when courting clients,” Davenport reported earlier this week. “That aide sometimes touted Sandifer’s advantages over other caterers, such as the ability to use a kitchen on the grounds that others couldn’t.”

South Carolina’s top chef? Yup … on your dime.

So … how did Haley punish her chef after he got busted using taxpayer resources to give his business an unfair competitive advantage?

She didn’t … she just told him to discontinue the practice moving forward.

Amazing …

John Rainey, a Republican fundraiser and former chairman of the S.C. Board of Economics (who is currently suing Haley over multiple ethical issues), has described the governor as “corrupt to the core of her being.”

It would appear as though her administration is corrupt right down to its chef …

Incidentally, it’s worth noting that Davenport’s exposure of Haley’s chef was accomplished using information obtained from taxpayer-funded emails. Given Haley’s recently-revealed policy of destroying public records, however, it’s not clear whether reporters will be able to expose these sorts of scams any longer.

That’s what makes Haley’s hypocritical lack of transparency so troubling … and potentially so costly.