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Several conservative state lawmakers tell FITS that S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is the target of yet another recall petition – only this time the impetus for the “movement” is coming from members of her own party.

“I’ve seen a draft,” one GOP Senator told FITS of the latest “Recall Haley” petition, adding that the document they reviewed was “pretty straightforward and compelling.”

Any recall effort of Haley – or any other elected official in South Carolina – faces a steep climb. Lawmakers would have to first agree to send the question to the public, which would then have to approve specific language in a statewide election. Still, that’s not stopping people from trying to get rid of Haley – who has stumbled badly through her first eleven months in office.

FITS has yet to obtain a copy of the conservative “Recall Haley” document, although a Republican House member told us that a prominent GOP State Senator recently provided a small group of lawmakers with a blow-by-blow of the petition’s main points – including references to Haley’s hypocrisy on the issue of transparency, her lack of fiscal conservatism and the recent “Savannah River Sellout.”

Rainey: His Lawsuit Featured In Recall Petition

Also included? Several of the charges contained in a recent lawsuit filed against Haley by GOP fundraiser and former Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) Chairman John Rainey.

Haley has already been the subject of one recall petition during her first year in office. It was drafted and circulated back in March by a group of liberals and generated about 353 signatures.

Not particularly impressive, eh? However in a non-scientific poll accompanying our coverage of that petition, 840 people (82 percent of respondents) said they believed Haley should be recalled while only 187 people (18 percent) said she shouldn’t.

Anyway, the left-wing Haley recall petition – which was basically a reaction to Haley’s decision to remove liberal financier Darla Moore from the University of South Carolina board of trustees – probably failed because it was based on a faulty premise.

Rather than focusing on Haley’s wasteful spending and “transparent” lack of transparency, the petition claimed that Haley was “recklessly (undermining) the educational system of the State of South Carolina, and cruely (ignoring) the misfortunate citizens in her state through divisive judgements.”


We hate to break it to our “progressive” friends, but the only thing “undermining” the state’s education system is its own ravenous bureaucracy – which is more focused on sucking up cash than teaching our kids to read – or our adults that “misfortunate” is not a word.

Also,  the last time we checked Haley’s replacement for Darla Moore was joining his colleagues in approving new tuition increases on overburdened parents.

Of course Haley’s office refused to believe that the original recall petition was a “progressive” effort, choosing instead to point the finger of blame toward our founding editor.

Anyway … there was a small bit of good to come as a result of the liberal “Recall Haley” petition, as it did prompt a brief resurgence of interest in the concept.

Mark Sanford: Subject Of 2009 Recall Bill

South Carolina is one of thirty states that does not allow for recall elections, although a bill to change that was introduced in the S.C. General Assembly in 2009 following former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s misadventures with his Latin lover Maria Belen Chapur. Its lead advocate in the State Senate is Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley) – who has recently been among Haley’s harshest critics over her betrayal of our state’s economic interests via the “Savannah River Sellout.'”

Its chief proponent in the S.C. House? Democratic lawmaker Boyd Brown – another prominent Haley antagonist.

Then-State Rep. Haley refused to sign onto the 2009 recall bill, telling her colleagues that she “didn’t believe” in the concept. However she has since changed her tune – one of many Haley flip-flops, albeit one of the few that actually moves her into the pro-reform position.

“Legislators want to pass legislation in South Carolina that allows voters to recall any statewide elected official,” Haley wrote in July, responding to Democratic efforts to revive the legislation in the wake of scandals associated with Lt. Gov Ken Ard.

Haley said that she was “:in complete support of anything that gives power to the people” but added that “this legislation should apply to legislators as well.”

We agree … in fact, every elected official in South Carolina from the dogcatcher on up should be subject to a recall provision.

Republicans in the S.C. House of Representatives didn’t see it that way, though, and shot down the recall amendment on a party-line vote.

Davis: Recalled As California Governor in 2003

Only two governors in U.S. history have ever been recalled. In 1921, Lynn Frazier – governor of North Dakota – was recalled during a dispute about state-owned industries. In 2003, California Gov. Gray Davis was recalled over the state budget. Former Arizona Gov. Evan Meacham faced a recall election in 1988 but was impeached and removed from office before the vote could take place.

We support the establishment of a recall provision – not because of Nikki Haley or Ken Ard (although we believe both deserve to be recalled) – but because it’s the right thing to do.

Vox populi, vox dei, right?

“The more opportunities that voters have to throw all of these bums out of office, the better off this state will be,” we noted recently.

In fact we would extend the provision to both branches of state government as well as all city and county offices.

Anyway, we’re curious as to whether there has been any movement on this issue since the last time we polled it back in March. Cast your vote and post your thoughts in our comments section below.