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Nikki Haley’s New Friends



S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is speaking to a “Republican” Party organization in Benton County, Arkansas next month. And the residents of this “reddest of counties in Northwest Arkansas” couldn’t be happier.

“I am very excited to announce confirmation of Governor Nikki R. Haley from South Carolina will be our guest speaker at our Lincoln Day Dinner Event on Monday, May 13, 2013,” Benton County event organizer W.P. “Bill” Burckart wrote in a tense-confused entry in the party’s latest newsletter.

That’s not surprising … with the notable exception of a week or so last fall following the massive data breach at her Revenue Department, Haley has been campaigning out-of-state pretty much nonstop since her election in January 2011.

What’s so controversial about this Benton County visit, though?

Hmmmmm … well, for starters how about what was posted in the GOP newsletter just below the announcement of Haley’s impending visit …

We need to let those who will come in the future to represent us that we are serious. The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives. It seems that we are unable to muster that belief in any of our representatives on a state or federal level, but we have to have something, something costly, something that they will fear that we will use if they step out of line. If we can’t shoot them, we have to at least be firm in our threat to take immediate action against them politically, socially, and civically if they screw up on something this big. Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can’t. But we have to do something, we have to gain control of our representatives, if we don’t then what the hell are we doing as a party except having fundraiser dinners and meetings just to raise more money for future meetings and fundraisers, and giving money to empower and elect those who would betray us without having the control to keep them in line once we do? See the pattern – you have to know you can guide the processes you begin, if you don’t, it is better not to start them. And we have to follow through, even if they are our ‘friends’, because the future of the nation depends on it.


The author – whose views we sympathize with, incidentally – was fired up over Arkansas lawmakers voting to use taxpayer money to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. Naturally we object to that … and you won’t find us arguing the point that there are plenty of “Republicans” supporting things like this who

But “walking up and shooting them?”

Them’s fightin’ words …

The language in question was written by Chris Nogy, who is the husband of the Benton County party’s treasurer – Leigh Nogy. Local officials are already distancing themselves from the letter’s content – according to reporter Jason Tolbert of Talk Business Arkansas.

“I’m embarrassed for the Benton County Republican Committee for including this article in their newsletter,” one Arkansas State Senator told Tolbert. “I would think the Benton County Committee would have better judgment and not allow this to be sent out.”

In a follow-up story, one Democratic State Representative told Tolbert that Nogy’s comments were “awfully close to terroristic threatening.”

Meanwhile Haley’s office, as is its “transparent” custom, declined to respond to our request for comment.

The ultimate irony in all this? The extent to which Haley – who ran as a “Tea Party” candidate – is using taxpayer money to inflate Medicaid eligibility (along with the rest of government) here in South Carolina.

Anyway we’ll be sure to keep our readers updated on this controversy …