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Nikki Haley’s “Romney Rolodex”

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s campaign finance team for her 2014 reelection bid represents a “Who’s Who” of Palmetto State establishment Republicans, entrenched lobbying interests and crony capitalists. There’s former S.C. Speaker David Wilkins (representing the Nelson Mullins law/ lobbying firm), Boeing attorney Leighton Lord (representing the Nexsen Pruet law/ lobbying…

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s campaign finance team for her 2014 reelection bid represents a “Who’s Who” of Palmetto State establishment Republicans, entrenched lobbying interests and crony capitalists.

There’s former S.C. Speaker David Wilkins (representing the Nelson Mullins law/ lobbying firm), Boeing attorney Leighton Lord (representing the Nexsen Pruet law/ lobbying firm) and McNair Law Firm CEO David Tigges.

Talk about an “axis” of special interest evil, people … as those three firms basically control the flow of legislation at S.C. State House.

Haley’s list also includes BB&T state chairman Mike Brenan and former Charleston, S.C. barbecue magnate Chad Walldorf – two of Haley’s higher profile political appointees – as well as establishment GOP fundraising kingpins Eddie Floyd and Barry Wynn.

On the partisan front, Haley has the backing of former SCGOP chairman Katon Dawson and his successor Karen Floyd – in addition to the support of current SCGOP chairman Chad Connelly (who recently gave Haley’s reelection bid a $50,000 check from the party).

Add it all up and that’s some serious insider firepower people … not to mention the latest evidence of the extent to which Haley has sold out her limited government roots in exchange for the backing of the “powers that be” in South Carolina.

That’s sad …

Seriously, whatever happened to Haley’s “movement” to “take government back?” Or her promise “not to stop fighting” until she had secured a “conservative House” and a “conservative Senate?”

Yeah … apparently that was all talk, people.

Anyway … the real coup of Haley’s big campaign finance rollout wasn’t the laundry list of South Carolina special interest luminaries she rolled out, though. It was the name of a non-South Carolinian – former Mitt Romney adviser Beth Myers.

Myers’ inclusion on Haley’s list is what we like to refer to as a “B.F.D.” – a big f*cking deal.

Tangentially Myers is connected to South Carolina via her parents (who reside in Greenville, S.C.’s exclusive Cliffs at Glassy development) but it is her connection to the former GOP nominee which matters to Haley.

“This is basically Romney giving Nikki his rolodex and his blessing in the donor world as Nikki’s payback for her endorsement,” one GOP operative told FITS. “I wouldn’t be shocked if Mitt Romney even attended a fundraiser or two for her personally. I wonder if her out of state dollar amount will rival her in state dollar amount?”

Haley endorsed Romney in advance of the 2012 “First in the South” presidential primary … a decision ended poorly for both of them (at least in the short term).

Looks like Haley is now laughing all the way to the bank, though.

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16 comments

Fed up REPUBLICAN March 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm

All the money, blow jobs and spreding um wide this woman has, or offers would NEVER get my vote again! Once has been much more than enough for ME!

I would not piss on her, if she was on fire after the lies, Savannah River sell out, the DOR breach and her incompetent and unqualified appointments!
The list of these cocksuckers, just made me more positive, she needs to go.

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Fed up REPUBLICAN March 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm

All the money, blow jobs and spreding um wide this woman has, or offers would NEVER get my vote again! Once has been much more than enough for ME!

I would not piss on her, if she was on fire after the lies, Savannah River sell out, the DOR breach and her incompetent and unqualified appointments!
The list of these cocksuckers, just made me more positive, she needs to go.

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? March 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm

“I wouldn’t be shocked if Mitt Romney even attended a fundraiser or two for her personally”

It’s amazing to me sometimes how morons can repeat the SAME mistake over and over again…

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Please March 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Totally agree. What a winner.

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? March 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm

“I wouldn’t be shocked if Mitt Romney even attended a fundraiser or two for her personally”

It’s amazing to me sometimes how morons can repeat the SAME mistake over and over again…

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Please March 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Totally agree. What a winner.

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bozmartin March 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I would not hit a hog in the ass with either of ’em.

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bozmartin March 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Woops! Meant to post this to the story about Haley and Sheheen. But it applies here just as well.

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RHood2 March 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

That Rolodex worked out so well for Romney, both in SC and nationally.

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RHood2 March 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

That Rolodex worked out so well for Romney, both in SC and nationally.

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Bill Neuman March 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Other thoughts of Nik:

— pay raises to staffers

— daughter gets summer job in statehouse tourist shop

— refusal to respond to Renee Dudley questions

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Bill Neuman March 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Other thoughts of Nik:

— pay raises to staffers

— daughter gets summer job in statehouse tourist shop

— refusal to respond to Renee Dudley questions

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Bill March 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm

If I were under forty, I would have only one question about this story. What the hell is a Rolodex and are their diamonds on the face?

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Bill March 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm

If I were under forty, I would have only one question about this story. What the hell is a Rolodex and are their diamonds on the face?

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spraywiper March 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

Haley is destroying South Carolina. She needs to fix the lives of people she have damaged in the SCDEW. Haley and her resigned, so call DEW Director Abe Turner, should be suited and put on trial for the way they took jobs from DEW workers and gave them to their buddies. Firing DEW workers with 20 years of service and hiring their buddies with much higher pay. Haley needs to stay at home and fix the mess she have made. She all about self and her buddies.

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spraywiper March 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

Haley is destroying South Carolina. She needs to fix the lives of people she have damaged in the SCDEW. Haley and her resigned, so call DEW Director Abe Turner, should be suited and put on trial for the way they took jobs from DEW workers and gave them to their buddies. Firing DEW workers with 20 years of service and hiring their buddies with much higher pay. Haley needs to stay at home and fix the mess she have made. She all about self and her buddies.

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