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“National Nikki” Gets Negative Ink?

It doesn’t happen often on the national stage, but “rising star” S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is the subject of a not-so-flattering national news story in Sunday’s editions of The Politico. “(Haley) rode into office in 2011 on a Republican wave as the first female and first Indian-American governor of the…

It doesn’t happen often on the national stage, but “rising star” S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is the subject of a not-so-flattering national news story in Sunday’s editions of The Politico.

“(Haley) rode into office in 2011 on a Republican wave as the first female and first Indian-American governor of the state — a rising GOP star with national potential,” the article begins. “Two-and-a-half bruising years later, she has a fight on her hands just to get reelected.”

Written by Emily Schultheis, The Politico story is a lengthy read that focuses extensively on the #SCHacked scandal – a massive security breach that occurred last year at the S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR). Along with Haley’s infamous “Savannah River Sellout,” #SCHacked is one of two body blows Haley’s administration has sustained.

What happened?

Beginning last August, Haley’s agency coughed up 3.8 million Social Security numbers, 3.3 million bank account numbers, tax info for more than 650,000 businesses and nearly 400,000 credit and debit card numbers to as-yet-unidentified hackers. Haley’s agency never even knew it had been hit – in fact it wasn’t until mid-October that federal law enforcement officials informed the state its system had been compromised.

At that point, Haley waited another sixteen days before going public with the news (presumably while her administration attempted to negotiate with the cyber-terrorists).

How did she manage the crisis once it broke? Not well …

Haley initially claimed that “there wasn’t anything where anyone in state government could have done anything” to stop the breach – and that the Palmetto State used “industry standard” data security methods. Both of those claims turned out to be completely false.

Covering for Haley on the #SCHacked fiasco? “Republican” Party chairman Chad Connelly.

“People will figure out that she handled that as well as it could be handled,” Connelly told Schultheis, adding that the breach was “something that could have happened on anyone’s watch.”

Really? Really?

That’s one of the silliest statements we’ve heard in some time, people. Of course Connelly can be counted on to say whatever Haley’s campaign tells him to say, so it’s not surprising to hear him parroting the “party line.”

Where Schultheis gives Haley credit (curiously) is on the jobs front – specifically Haley’s oft-repeated claim to have created more than 30,000 new jobs over the last two-and-a-half years.

“Haley has scored some important wins on jobs and the economy that could stand her in good stead when she asks voters for another four years,” Schultheis notes, referring specifically to a recent announcement by aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

The problem(s) there? Most of Haley’s big economic development wins have been taxpayer-funded … and despite her “success” blowing incentive money on select corporations, there is the small matter of South Carolina’s labor participation rate.

At an anemic 58.6 percent, it’s at its lowest level ever – nearly five full percentage points below the national rate, which itself is at a 34-year low.

Schultheis also references that Haley “vetoed large portions of the state budget” last summer – which simply isn’t true. Haley issued seventy-four budget vetoes last July totaling less than $60 million – or one quarter of one percent of the state’s $23 billion budget.

Is one quarter of one percent a “large portion” of the budget? We think not …

Bottom line? One negative national news story isn’t going to dim “Haley’s Comet,” which continues to burn brightly among the national “conservative” media … but the more people start digging into Haley’s gubernatorial record (and her pre-gubernatorial )the less they’re going to like it.

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50 comments

GrandTango May 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Nooooo…you don’t say…Politico Bashes a female Republican in a Southern state that REJECTS Obama-Care…

If it were not for Ignorance, FITS would be invisible…LMAO….

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GreenvilleLwyr May 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Changing your name to Grand Puntang…

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Possum May 12, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Puntang sounds like sex in India. Well, that’s okay since women in this state like her regardless of her incompetence, and men are going to vote for her if she’s the republican nominee. In fact, if a female greased pig — a sow — was the republican nominee, she’d win.

Never, ever underestimate the stupidity of South Carolinians.

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Gillon May 12, 2013 at 8:59 pm

True, that.

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Where's Waldo May 13, 2013 at 12:54 am

I thought Puntang was a city in Viet Nam??

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shifty henry May 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm

??? — what would he/she use for a gravatar?

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shifty henry May 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

While stationed in DC we had naval personnel from other countries assigned to us on an exchange basis. Some great stories on that (including having a real witch doctor from Haiti put a curse on me!). One guy from an Indonesian country told me how much he liked being assigned to our group, because everyone was so friendly and always greeted him by name. We finally told him what his name meant – his name was pronounced “POONTANG”. He finally got a good laugh out of it when we explained it to him.

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BLB May 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Here is the deal. the real deal.

Nikki is “ok” in the polls because the GOP supports her, and the Dem party is not serious and so Nikki gets away with all manner of silliness regarding her claims of success.

BUT, and I mean BUT, Vincent S is a serious man. He will examine Nikki”s downright indefensible job claims, nearly as stupid claims about pension reform and other claims showing her “success” and I suspect he will tote around facts, figures and charts showing her to be a liar. Hard facts showing she is liar will be crippling to her as her support is weak. Claims of adultery or other stuff like that do not matter. But hard fact do. She is toast if Vincent goes for fact and not sensation.

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BLB May 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Here is the deal. the real deal.

Nikki is “ok” in the polls because the GOP supports her, and the Dem party is not serious and so Nikki gets away with all manner of silliness regarding her claims of success.

BUT, and I mean BUT, Vincent S is a serious man. He will examine Nikki”s downright indefensible job claims, nearly as stupid claims about pension reform and other claims showing her “success” and I suspect he will tote around facts, figures and charts showing her to be a liar. Hard facts showing she is liar will be crippling to her as her support is weak. Claims of adultery or other stuff like that do not matter. But hard fact do. She is toast if Vincent goes for fact and not sensation.

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pissed off Republican May 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I will admit that I royally screwed up casting my vote for Haley.
It will NEVER happen again!
The old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice Shame on me!”
I may be crazy; but, I AIN”T stupid.

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Smirks May 13, 2013 at 8:15 am

Won’t be shame on you then, but I still expect it to be “shame on SC.” It already is, just look at SC-1.

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Forrest Gumb May 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

Stupid is as stupid does.
— That’s what my mamma said.

Specially about South Carolina people.

She said South Carolina people eat food that’s out of date, send their children to bad schools, don’t get enough exercise, and most work for minimum wages.

My mamma — she’s with the Lord now — she’d probably say Miss Nikki is really as popular as Wonder Bread there, and specially with the national media (like me).

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Fiona May 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

As in everything S.C., we in SC1 take great pride in maintaining our great state’s national image.

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Stinkbait May 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Hey, Pissed Off Republican, how many times did you vote for Sanford?

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pissed off Republican May 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I will admit that I royally screwed up casting my vote for Haley.
It will NEVER happen again!
The old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice Shame on me!”
I may be crazy; but, I AIN”T stupid.

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Smirks May 13, 2013 at 8:15 am

Won’t be shame on you then, but I still expect it to be “shame on SC.” It already is, just look at SC-1.

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Forrest Gumb May 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

Stupid is as stupid does.
— That’s what my mamma said.

Specially about South Carolina people.

She said South Carolina people eat food that’s out of date, send their children to bad schools, don’t get enough exercise, and most work for minimum wages.

My mamma — she’s with the Lord now — she’d probably say Miss Nikki is really as popular as Wonder Bread there, and specially with the national media (like me).

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Fiona May 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

As in everything S.C., we in SC1 take great pride in maintaining our great state’s national image.

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Stinkbait May 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Hey, Pissed Off Republican, how many times did you vote for Sanford?

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jimlewisowb May 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I wouldn’t exactly call the Savannah River Sellout Haley’s Comet

Something more appropriate would be a Cunning Stunt by one

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Smirks May 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

A cunning stunt by a stunning…?

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Marie Harrison May 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

No no no. A cunning stunt by a cunning…

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Dr. Phil May 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

…cunt.

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Guest May 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I wouldn’t exactly call the Savannah River Sellout Haley’s Comet

Something more appropriate would be a Cunning Stunt by one

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Smirks May 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

A cunning stunt by a stunning…?

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Marie Harrison May 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

No no no. A cunning stunt by a cunning…

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Dr. Phil May 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

…cunt.

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A face in the crowd May 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

The truly offensive point is that anyone, in any party, would call this imbecile a “rising star.” But that is where we stand in the year 2013.

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A face in the crowd May 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

The truly offensive point is that anyone, in any party, would call this imbecile a “rising star.” But that is where we stand in the year 2013.

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Don't Cut My Hours May 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Bye the Bye, where will her daughter be working this summer?

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surfer, the web, that is May 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

To her daughter I say, we don’t pick our parents. Sorry, kid.

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Don't Cut My Hours May 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Bye the Bye, where will her daughter be working this summer?

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surfer, the web, that is May 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

To her daughter I say, we don’t pick our parents. Sorry, kid.

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GrandTango May 13, 2013 at 7:48 am

Obama is like a millstone tied around the neck of Sheheen.
Your only hope, if you hate Haley, is that a more Conservative candidate beats her in a GOP Primary. But that will do nothing but hurt any democrat, running.

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Tantric The Enter Tainter May 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

Dream on, Little Man.

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GrandTango May 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

So you think a democrat will have a BETTER chance in SC after SIX years of Obama than he did after only TWO years of Obama?
Or:are you just running your mouth because you don’t like the idea I’m positing?

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Tantric The Enter Tainter May 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Shit yes.

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GrandTango May 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm

You’re just running your mouth because you don’t like the idea I’m positing?
I believe you…That’s what you idiots, do best…

...and a one more time... May 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

You ideas (delusional wishes) isn’t paying your rent is it? Prez Perry says hi…

Robert May 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

She and SC talked about on Bloomberg site today also.

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Robert May 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

She and SC talked about on Bloomberg site today also.

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