Less than forty-eight hours after her campaign angrily refused to fire a white supremacist from its reelection steering committee, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has abruptly reversed course and dismissed Roan Garcia Quintana from his post.
“The Haley for Governor Grassroots Advisory Committee today asked volunteer Roan Garcia-Quintana to resign from our 164-member volunteer committee,” a statement from Haley’s reelection campaign noted. “While we appreciate the support Roan has provided, we were previously unaware of some of the statements he had made, statements which do not well represent the views of the Governor.”
“There is no place for racially divisive rhetoric in the politics or governance of South Carolina, and Governor Haley has no tolerance for it,” the statement added.
Less than forty-eight hours ago Haley’s campaign was defending her selection of Quintana, telling a local paper that “the IRS thinks conservatives should be targeted for abuse, but Governor Haley does not.”
News of Quintana’s racist past broke here on FITS last week after we exclusively obtained a Democratic memo detailing his affiliation with the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group which opposes “the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States” as well as “all efforts to mix the races of mankind.”
Democrats pounded on Haley’s flip-flop.
“After defending and refusing to dismiss a white supremacist from her campaign for days, Governor Haley has finally responded to public outcry by continuing to point the finger at other people and cry foul,” S.C. Sen. Joel Lourie (D-Columbia) said in a statement. ” She needs to offer an explanation for why she stood by a man who has spent his career fighting to keep the Caucasian heritage ‘pure.’ The delay in her decision, the fact that she released this information on a Sunday over a holiday weekend, and the political attacks her staff have launched this past week instead of taking responsibility are all still concerning. I am glad she finally came to such an obvious decision but it troubles me greatly that it took her so long.”
Quintana, ironically, is a Cuban immigrant – although he claims ‘pure’ Spanish blood.