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Nikki Haley’s Transportation Czar: Reckless Disregard




We’re still trying to wrap our brains around the driving under the influence case of Robert St. Onge, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s director of the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT).

Well, former director now …

In case you missed it, St. Onge – a 66-year-old former Army general – was pulled over at 8:00 a.m. on Friday after police officers observed him driving erratically on Interstate 20.  After failing a field sobriety test, St. Onge was arrested and booked at the Lexington County jail. Prior to being booked, though, he blew a .20 on a breathalyzer machine – more than twice the legal limit.

And we’re guessing that was at least an hour after he was pulled over …

Yeah …

That’s what they call “tore up from the floor up,” people.

Look … we’re not trying to kick a man when he’s down. We’ve been there before (in our twenties, but …).  Seriously, though … we feel bad for this guy. There’s seriously something going on in his life and we hope he gets it worked out.

But let’s put this in perspective …

Just last week, St. Onge told state lawmakers they were being “emotional” in calling out his agency for its utter failure to prioritize taxpayer highway money.

(Click here for more on that failure …).

And when St. Onge was pulled over, his agency was in the midst of a full-blown transportation emergency in Charleston, S.C.

In fact, here’s a question we suspect Haley will have to answer in the very near future: What was your transportation director doing while thousands of Lowcountry commuters were stuck in traffic three days in a row?

Good luck with that one, governor …

Of course the real problem with St. Onge wasn’t his dismissiveness of legitimate criticism. Nor was it the fact he was three sheets to the wind (again, at 8:00 a.m.) during an emergency situation.

The real problem is St. Onge’s agency – like the rest of Haley’s cabinet – has been making bad government worse from day one.

Don’t worry, though … Haley’s college roommate is on the job now.