Nikki Haley’s Transportation Chief Resigns

The director of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s embattled Department of Transportation has resigned … but not because his agency was (is) an unmitigated disaster. Or because Charleston is in gridlock. Robert St. Onge stepped down because he was busted driving under the influence of alcohol in Lexington County, S.C. ……

The director of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s embattled Department of Transportation has resigned … but not because his agency was (is) an unmitigated disaster. Or because Charleston is in gridlock.

Robert St. Onge stepped down because he was busted driving under the influence of alcohol in Lexington County, S.C. … at 8:00 a.m.

(Yeah … let that last part sink in).

After being pulled over on Interstate 20 for erratic driving, St. Onge failed a field sobriety test.  He later blew a .20 on a breathalyzer machine – more than twice the legal limit.

Impressive …

“With heartfelt regret, I am resigning my position as Secretary of Transportation effective today due to personal reasons,” St. Onge wrote in a letter to Haley. “I would like to thank you for the support you have shown me as we have worked together to improve South Carolina’s transportation system.”

Wait … “improve the state’s transportation system?”

Is this guy drunk?

Wait … don’t answer that …

St. Onge is the second former military man to resign from Haley’s cabinet in disgrace. Last year former general Abraham Turner resigned as director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW), another agency racked by scandal and mismanagement.

Haley appointed her former college roommate Christi Hall as the agency’s interim director.

Hall was criticized three years ago when she was promoted seemingly out of nowhere to run SCDOT’s finances. Now she’s in charge of the whole agency.

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dwb619 January 31, 2014 at 5:31 pm

NIMRATA got a thang for UNIFORMS?

nitrat January 31, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Why is that?

dwb619 January 31, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Hubby, this drunk driving dude, and the brother she hired to run the states employment bureau.
Two of the three have already resigned, and NIMRATA will two check hubby if she can get her talons into a bigger fish.

dwb619 January 31, 2014 at 11:24 pm

She played Tinkerbell in an early “90’s movie, Hook.

shifty henry February 3, 2014 at 10:24 am

You reminded me of this story—
A guy goes home and finds his girlfriend on the front porch with her suitcases. She tells him she is leaving.

“Why are you leaving me?” he asks.

“Your friends and neighbors are telling me you’re a pedophile, ” she answers.

“Hey,” he says, “That’s an awfully big word for a twelve year old.”

shifty henry January 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Perhaps Nikki has a ‘Tinkerbell’ outfit — someone should ask Will about that…

dwb619 January 31, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I keep closing my eyes for the vision, but it keeps coming up JULIA ROBERTS!

Thomas January 31, 2014 at 5:31 pm

It is possible he was up late drinking, got some sleep like two hours, and went into work still blood level intoxicated?

BTW, Denver 47 Seattle 43

TontoBubbaGoldstein January 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

You called the winner…but TBG doesn’t believe there will be anywhere near that # of points scored.

Denver 27 Seattle 19

Drinking to win January 31, 2014 at 7:06 pm

You two must of been up drinking with St. Onge all last night.

Defense wins games. Peyton will be lucky to escape without injury let alone put up more than 21 pts.

Seattle 21 Denver 17

Frank Howard January 31, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Our Clemson boy, Byron Maxwell, #41, ain’t got enough for Peyton.

He ain’t Charlie Waters so Archie’s son takes it.

It’s Denver 31 Seattle 20

dwb619 January 31, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Ah yes Charlie Waters, the pride of North Augusta.
On another note, Ray Guy is up for the Hall of fame again tonite.

TontoBubbaGoldstein February 1, 2014 at 3:35 am

Ray Guy
Best. Punter. Ever.

dwb619 February 1, 2014 at 9:26 pm

And now he’s in the Hall of Fame.
I hope they melt the barrel down on the cannon in the “Brick Yard’ in Thomson, Georgia tonight!

TontoBubbaGoldstein February 2, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Yet somehow those Raider hatin’, Deirdorf listening, tuck rule inventing muddahfaaaaakuhs snubbed Tim Brown…

shifty henry February 1, 2014 at 1:09 am

Shifty has rolled the Magik Round Dice and the BARK is —

Seattle — 26 Denver — 15

TontoBubbaGoldstein February 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Denver — 15

Denver will outscore the end of the 1st quarter on-field temperature .

Good luck finding someone to make book on that.

shifty henry February 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm

To be fair, that is what the MRD rolled (they really are round dice, and I’ve had fun with them)

TontoBubbaGoldstein February 2, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Time to retire the MRD and TBG’s weather indiced football projections…..





shifty henry February 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

It has been fun – while it lasted.

Test Them January 31, 2014 at 5:41 pm

SC Supreme Ct Chief Justice Jeal Toal needs to be singled out. She still drives around Richland County with booze on her breath. Aside from that, all SC judges should be tested for alcohol and drugs at least once a week; especially on Monday mornings.

Jack Daniels- Jean's Pal January 31, 2014 at 6:40 pm

And unfortunately she will be re-elected.

Dan on Divine February 1, 2014 at 9:01 am

She is losing support from people like you Jack Daniels. Costa by 12 votes as of last night is the word in the watering holes.

Based on the nature of my work, I am like most others in the legal profession and have been staying away from talking about this race in any form or fashion. If Toal should up and buy and bully enough votes, her wrath is going to be hell. Interim suspensions for no reason and without notice or hearings will continue non-stop into May or June. The change in the tide is that there are enough people putting their senators on notice there is no reason to vote for Toal. And if they do, they will have to answer to their voters. It’s that nasty.

Roseanne January 31, 2014 at 7:27 pm

How does it happen that you have smelled Jean Toal’s breath?

Oh Sh#T January 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Answer: “Test Them” is a lesbian.

shifty henry January 31, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Better than that — put them on the Color Code System.

Tiffany February 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Good people do NOT do bad things!
How many good people do we have in public office?
Answer, NOT MANY!
Mark Sanford Ken Niki Richard
Hugh Thomas Harvey Bob Bobby Joe John Robert
Ronnie Jean
Many, many more too numerous to print here!
We need a wholesale change people..yes!!!

anon. January 31, 2014 at 5:50 pm


jimlewisowb January 31, 2014 at 11:40 pm

You may be a 1/4 bubble off level on this one. It appears she did care and obviously had the General’s Six covered

In fact the General left the Gypsy Queen’s office with one of her hooker boots

Regrettably once the General’s Proctologist pulls it out of his ass he has to return it

WTF February 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

Haley our “penis porcupine Gov.” ( had as many sticking out, that had been stuck in, would look like a penis porcupine) could appoint her Pillsbury Dough girl Marsha Adams (Elinor the “Bloody Bitch” Kitzman’s Top Bitch) to run DMV. She came from DMV, screwed up everything there and has srcewed up the Budget and Control Bd. getting rid of competence and replacing them with loser friends.
Haley cannot appoint anyone who is not a loser and or contributor!

TF February 3, 2014 at 9:12 am

Haley has fired and riffed many qualified State Employees who could do the jobs, better and cheaper, than her cronies.
Here is a man with a very lucritive retirement, she appoints him to a job, he knows NOTHING aboutn, and gives him a very high, taxpayer funded salary. This creates another retirement for him.
Most State employees make meager salaries, unless you are a friend of a powerful office holder. They are overlooked, abused and left to suffer under the incompetent management of Haley and her sycophants:
Elinor Kitzman
Marsha Adams
Mark Keel
St. Onge
Katherine Templeton
It will take decades to overcome this incompetence and mismanagement.

anon. February 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Add Abraham Turner to your list, TF.

TontoBubbaGoldstein January 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm

.20 @ 0800.
Pushing the envelope, even for TBG, back in the day.

TontoBubbaGoldstein January 31, 2014 at 6:06 pm


Never EVER blow into a Breathalyzer.

St. Onge should have resigned for not knowing this.

16 Beers Ain't Enough January 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Really, I haven’t pull that shit since college, and that was mostly due to a nagging girlfriend…

Blissfully Drunk January 31, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Now we know why the roads never seemed too bad to him.

TontoBubbaGoldstein February 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Now we know why the roads never seemed too bad to him.

Seems like they would have caused many a spilled drink…..

Not Frank Howard but close January 31, 2014 at 9:15 pm

On my worst day I couldn’t have hit .20 even at 1:30 a.m. Hell, at 8:00 a.m. I had already finished breakfast at the local Waffle House and in bed at my apt.

By 10:00 a.m. I was having a Bloody Mary to chase the Tail of the Dog.

Not even a drunk is drunk enough to blow .20 at 8:00 a.m.

Ribbed Condom ooh Nikki January 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Another Haley screwed up appointee!!!

nitrat January 31, 2014 at 6:52 pm

No SC governor has routinely appointed professionals, experts in their fields to cabinet agencies since David Beasley – David Beasley – and, it shows.

Clarendonian January 31, 2014 at 9:18 pm

He did some things wrong, but appointments weren’t among them.

Shoulda left the flag issue alone.

fatalbert2013 January 31, 2014 at 7:13 pm

who nailed him..the Troopers? Don’t care what anybody says, ya can’t beat the “Road Dogs!” He/She doesn’t give a rats ass who you are…you’re busted!

shifty henry January 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Did he have a 19 year old co-ed with him? Did the trooper check his shoes for a pebble?

Penus Williams January 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm

That must have been a helluva Thursday night to get .20 BAC at 8 am.

jerry January 31, 2014 at 9:02 pm

He was at the local drip and strip and decided it was time for a day off ending at the waffle house. Haley met him there the night before with Michael so they could hit the champagne room after they scouted out the old swinger bait and switch mode. Look for another STD outbreak at the mansion.

Vanguard16 January 31, 2014 at 9:37 pm

That’s two Generals down. Guess Haley had to hire them to get her hubby setup in the SC Guard!

jimlewisowb January 31, 2014 at 9:43 pm

.20 at 8 am – cockroach must have had a 9 am meeting with the Gypsy Queen

Stupid cockroach should have pulled a Templeton – stay home, sit by the fire, knock back a couple of bottles of Rebel Yell and skype the bitch

Sailor January 31, 2014 at 10:32 pm

If the cheap prick had taken a cab home, he’d still have his job!

dote January 31, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Coming in to work DUI, Hard to imagine, What happened the night before,

SCBlueWoman January 31, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Too bad he lost his benefits. However will he pay for the liver transplant?

Smirks January 31, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Mr. Onge stumbled slowly to his car,
Drunk in the morning, for him it was par,
Driving sloppily he didn’t get far,
Before long he saw blue and white stars.

Pulled over by the men in blue,
Into the breathalyzer Mr. Onge blew.
Oh my, a zero point two?!
Must be a pebble in his shoe!

Into the back of the squad car he went,
His face in his hands and his back slightly bent,
He knew his reputation was pretty much spent,
Deserving of jail was the least for this gent.

But alas, no justice will be done,
He’ll quit his job but be punished none,
Another criminal gets let out to run
On another drunk drive, how fun!

And so we keep another empty cell,
The criminals run loose in this backwards hell,
The citizens in fear while the crooks do well,
“It’s a great day in SC!” Haley continues to sell.

As for me, I’m done with this rhyme.
I’m ready for bed around this time.

TontoBubbaGoldstein February 1, 2014 at 3:40 am

Check out Smirk’s feet.

They’re Longfellows!!

euwe max February 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm Reply
shifty henry February 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Smirks, be sure to copyright that – you may get to sing it at his trial. Can anyone here put a tune to it?

Philip Branton February 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

Tonto, Shifty and Smirks….Bravo input to the tune provided by euwe MAX.

Considering the “heat” from Hugh Leatherman and I-73 and I-526 and the I-77 exits crowd, no wonder this man was drunk at 8 am. Heck, as if the whiff of increased gas taxes, is not the real culprit, for this man’s anger “chugs”. We wonder what Nikki Haley thinks about those GAS tax increase “leaks” being released.

GrandTango February 1, 2014 at 8:17 am

Noticed TWICE FITS is burying leads (or lede I think he has (in neato-gueto-post-modern fashion) evolved to)….

In this story DUI most certainly should have been used in the headline….and in the “Dumbest story today”, FITS conveniently did not mention in the headline that it was ignorant Black Gestapo-types being dumb…(my apologies to those who cannot talk)….

It may be lack of talent and experience..or an attempt to manipulate his readers. But for a majority on here, especially those who fawn over FITS, he need not try so hard to manipulate them…they are really so simple-minded, just tell them anything you want them to believe, and they will (see Obamacare)….

john dozier February 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

Our Governorette can sure pick ’em! .20 at 8am? He and Toal and Benjamin should get together for breakfast.

Sinjin Smyth February 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Don’t feel sorry for him. A retired Major General with 0ver 20 years gets $180.000 a year in retirement, plus healthcare, plus other benefits, AND he gets over $30,000 a year from Social Security. And they haven’t said whether he will buy the rest of the year and get $90,000 a year State Retirement (he can use his military time for state retirement also). So now his pay is cut from over $350,000 a year to most likely $310,000 a year to fish, I am crying like a baby.
But what I really want to know is…… HEY JIMMY (Metts), WHY HAVEN’T YOU RELEASED THE DUI VIDEO THAT YOUR DEPUTY HAS? You release the videos on everyone else. What’s the holdup Jimmy? Where’s the freaking video? Wait for it, wait for it……..”We don’t have a video, it was accidently erased” or “the deputy did not turn on the video (impossible). You will see.

dwb619 February 2, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Other than the 30g from social security, all the rest of this “takers’ income comes purely from the taxpayers.

ELCID February 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

About time the Attorney General looked into Haley’s appointments.
She makes New York’s Tammany Hall pale in comparison.
The Legislature should impeach her.


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