Storm Miscues Still Dogging Nikki Haley

NO “BRIDGE OVER TROUBLE WATER” FOR SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR … It’s been a bad year for the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. bridge … Not only are their serious questions about the ability of the iconic span to accommodate the next generation of container ships, but a pair of ice storms earlier…


It’s been a bad year for the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. bridge …

Not only are their serious questions about the ability of the iconic span to accommodate the next generation of container ships, but a pair of ice storms earlier this year closed the bridge for days at a time – effectively shutting down one of the state’s largest cities.

The latter problem has turned into a real headache for the administration of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – whose Department of Transportation (SCDOT) did not exactly distinguish itself during the crisis.

Most memorably, Haley’s SCDOT secretary was busted for drunk driving at 8:00 a.m. during the first bridge crisis (with a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit).

But it was poor preparation before the storms, bungled coordination while they hit and a lackadaisical response after they passed that have created lingering damage for Haley.

Russell Guerard, a candidate for the S.C. State House, said state leaders were “completely unprepared” for the storm.

“From the top down, I never got one piece of information from the Governor’s office, the Department of Transportation (SCDOT), or my State Representative,” Guerard wrote. “Thousands of people were left in the dark as our leaders were either asleep or drunk.”

Guerard was right …

According to an exclusive report in this week’s editions of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, internal emails revealed that “authorities were caught off guard” by the ice storm. In addition to the poor planning, there were also “communication breakdowns” involving SCDOT officials after the storm hit as well as “uncertainty about who should be involved in the discussions to close the bridge to traffic.”

It was a total clusterf*ck, in other words …


Haley’s administration also got caught lying when SCDOT officials said they couldn’t put sand on the Ravenel bridge due to its complex drainage system – an assertion the bridge’s designers swiftly rebuked.

Then there was the tone deaf response from SCDOT spokesman (and former state lawmaker) James Law – who told tens of thousands of Lowcountry residents snarled in traffic as a result of his agency’s incompetence that SCDOT wasn’t “going to change a whole lot” in responded to future storms.

Yikes …

Needless to say, South Carolina Democrats are all over the issue … looking to present it to voters as yet another example of Haley’s incompetence.

“Whether it’s with the hacking of 3.5 million people’s Social Security numbers or in the botched response to the storm in Charleston – the Haley administration has repeatedly proven incompetent at preparing for and dealing with major threats to the people of our state,” S.C. Democratic Party spokeswoman Kristin Sosanie said. “What’s worse – every time something goes wrong, there’s no accountability from the Governor, just cover-ups and misdirection. It’s time for honest leadership and real accountability for the people of South Carolina.”

SCDOT troubles are likely to mount for Haley as FITSNews exclusively reported last week that the already inefficient agency is facing its second serious cash crunch in four years.

“She flat out can’t govern worth a damn,” one Republican State Senator told FITS, responding to the latest SCDOT woes.

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Rocky March 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

But couldn’t she have just melted the ice with her hot body and her Super Woman laser eyes?

Haley + Stress= Ho Ho's March 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm

With an ass as large as hers is getting, all she has to do is fart over the bridge and melt it all.

ted jr March 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Step away from the fork!

Smirks March 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Releasing that much methane into the air can’t be very Earth-friendly.

aikencounty March 24, 2014 at 5:27 pm


GrandTango March 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Get a new playbook. Yall used Hurricane Floyd on Hodges…to get Sanford elected.
In that case Floyd was a BIG Deal…and it was Hodges’ fault for being incompetent…

This just makes you look lazy, w/ no new ideas to get democrats elected…other than trying to damage the opponent…

It’s like Obama..he had a horrible record…so he accused Romney of giving a woman Cancer..and of being rich, hiring women like the democrats don’t like..and being anti-dog…

It worked because the Obama voters are stupid…but South Carolinians are not as ignorant as you need them to be…

Will Folks aka Sic March 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I am a pro-dog libertarian.

Jackie Chiles March 24, 2014 at 2:09 pm


euwe max March 24, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I hate cats too – so that’s another point we have in common.

GrandTango March 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Every liberal-tarian is a vote for a democrat…(see Va)….either through stupidity or on purpose….

And: Will you pay back all the govt money you took after you told Republican voters you’d represent them if Sanford was elected?

euwe max March 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Come on Will.. shit happens.

N Kompotent March 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Worst governor ever (SC edition)

John March 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm

So at what point does she just say “Fuck it” and jump off the damn bridge?

tomstickler March 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The advice “Be careful what you wish for” applies on the matter of the Ravenel Bridge. The economy of South Carolina will not be helped by upgrading the Charleston harbor to accommodate the Maersk EEE ships, which will just make it easier to import more Chinese crap.

aikencounty March 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Yeah but she had that “R” in front of her name.
Bought time for her throw a little cut bait to the TEA Party, ain’t it?

Hungryneck March 24, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Does anyone else remember Joe Riley and Harry Hallman forcing SCDOT to take money designated for weather safety features to be used for bike lanes on the Cooper River Bridge? It delayed construction for years.

Inciteful March 25, 2014 at 5:46 am

You’re certainly right that Haley can’t manage. She can’t pick professionals for her cabinet posts. With the exceptions of Keck and Hitt; the rest are political payoffs for campaign contributions. While the bridge fiasco is inconvienient enough, the uncommunicated TB outbreak in the upcountry and socal services ignoring huge red flags with foster parents caused DEATHS, not simply inconvieniences. And when you call for answers, you’re told, “It’s a great day in South Carolina!” Tell that to the dead.

nitrat March 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Nikki Haley is the scum of the earth, incompetent, inept, crooked scum of the earth.
But, the ice problems with that bridge, and the others like it, are design flaws.


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