GOP Senator Calls On Nikki Haley To Fire Welfare Czarina

GOVERNOR’S ALLY KATRINA SHEALY JOINS CHORUS OF OPPOSITION TO EMBATTLED SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR LILLIAN KOLLER S.C. Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington) – one of Gov. Nikki Haley’s staunchest allies – has a message for her erstwhile friend. That message? Fire embattled welfare czarina Lillian Koller. During an appearance on Charleston, S.C….


S.C. Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington) – one of Gov. Nikki Haley’s staunchest allies – has a message for her erstwhile friend.

That message? Fire embattled welfare czarina Lillian Koller.

During an appearance on Charleston, S.C. radio (WTMA 1250 AM) Wednesday morning, Shealy was asked point blank by host Tara Servatius whether she believed it was time for Koller to be relieved of her duties as director of the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS).

“I think so,” Shealy responded. “I have put it off and waited and waited and waited and said it was the governor’s decision.”

Not anymore.

Here’s the audio of Shealy responding to Servatius’ question about whether Koller should be fired …

(Clip via WTMA)

Shealy added that leadership “starts at the top” and that “the job’s not getting done” at SCDSS.

That’s an understatement.

Koller has botched the implementation of the state’s child support enforcement database. She’s made a mess of a food stamp waiver touted by Haley in her so-called “war on fat.” She’s made questionable hires, questionable consultant payments and allegedly cooked the books at her agency’s “welfare to work” program (and its food stamp system).

Oh … and all that’s before we get to the tragic stories of blood on the agency’s hands.

Despite all of this, Haley has continued to stand by Koller – a political appointee. Not only that, she’s invented allegations against lawmakers like Shealy who had the audacity to challenge Koller’s abysmal record.

FITS has already called on Haley to fire Koller. So has our liberal columnist (and associate opinion editor) Amy Lazenby.

“By continuing to stand behind an appointee who has exhibited such poor judgement and a clear failure of leadership at the expense of one of the state’s most vulnerable populations – abused and neglected children – Governor Haley is allowing her own judgement and leadership ability to be called into question,” Lazenby wrote last week.

We agree.

Everyone recognizes Koller should be fired – expect the one person who can fire her.

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a face in the crowd April 23, 2014 at 11:15 am

**Except** in last sentence.

GrandTango April 23, 2014 at 11:22 am


Like the democrat racists of long ago…

When the news is bad for FITS’ lord-goad Obama…he talks about Haley…So typical of the Liberal-Tarian…

SCBlueWoman April 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

Bless your heart, they are acting just like the tea party, very unpatriotic.

GrandTango April 23, 2014 at 11:38 am

They are in the Philippines, you liberal F*#king Idiot…

you know me April 23, 2014 at 11:50 am

Get some help.

GrandTango April 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Hopefully it comes in Nov. when we begin kicking your @$$ to the curb, for good.

SCBlueWoman April 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

GT – braindead unpatriotic F*#king idiot.

rwwllms April 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Any truly intelligent freedom loving being wouldn’t want the obamanation in their country either. Only the ignorant intolerant racist ones could like such an vile evil creature.

Jay Ellington April 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

You have a convoluted interpretation of what the tea party represents. Likely from drinking way too much from the liberal media intellectual diarrhea pool.

David Duke April 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I know what they represent and I’m with em!

Jay Ellington April 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm

That’s right troll, because advocating a reduction in the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit has everything to do with racism.

David Duke April 23, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Yeh but you got to see whats causin all that debt Bo.Spendin money on the wrong sorts of things Bo and the wrong kinds of people Bo.Ah,you get it Bo.Quit your funnin .

Jay Ellington April 24, 2014 at 8:42 am

Who is Bo?

Don't taze me bro April 24, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Tell you what, advocate for a 10% reduction in social security benefits across the board with all savings going to pay down the debt. Think the Tea Party would support it? Hell no! Why? Because it should really be called the “Me” party. Tea Party folks are all for cuts, so long as said cuts only affect others.

RogueElephant April 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

If Katrina says she needs to go –she needs to go. Pure and simple.

DSS former April 23, 2014 at 11:48 am

Why do politicians like Joel Lourie get a pass. They have been in over site positions for years. Now he is surprised. He’ll with that, it is his job to find problems before a kid dies!

GrandTango April 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Lourie is a democrat, so there is never any accountability….and he’s too busy getting his incompetent relatives high-paying jobs in failed liberal systems…

He’s like FITS was when he worked for Sanford. He rides the gravy train…then when the ride is over, and we’re robbed blind, FITS tries to invoke his will on our lives…never acknowledging his own failure…

ted April 23, 2014 at 11:49 am

Is it true that Trikki and Lilly shared tacos?

Smirks April 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm

That’s a mental image I could’ve done without.

GrandTango April 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Hey FITS: How convenient you ignored this….yet you bash Christians, routinely…

When you (and other liberals) are arguing for more rights, based on sexual preference, you say peple like this Don’t exist…but it seems to be an epidemic of them…

William James Vahey, 64, a homosexual, confessed that he was molested as a child and had preyed on boys his entire life, giving them sleeping pills prior to the molestation,” according to a statement posted prominently on the FBI’s website, , with links for potential victims.

Read more here:

notasmidgen April 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Smirks dad or brother?

GrandTango April 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Could be Smirks…have not seen him around for a couple days…

Or maybe it’s Smirks’ boyfriend…He proclaims you cannot tell him, or any liberal, who to love…That would be discriminatory…

soxinsc April 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm

If Haley doesn’t and Sheheen is smart, you’ll see campaign ads in October with the faces of the dead children under DSS’s watch superimposed over Haley’s face.

jimlewisowb April 23, 2014 at 1:28 pm

he ain’t got the balls to do such

soxinsc April 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm

He might, but considering how his campaigns have been run I think he doesn’t have the brains to do it.

Long time friend April 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Tom Ervin does! And I bet he will.
This travesty (slaughter of the innocent) was one point he hit on during his announcement!
Who will speak for the children? Haley refuses, Ervin will go to battle for them and he has my vote!

GrandTango April 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Will they run the faces of the dead Benghazi Americans in the campaign against Hillary and the democrats????..

Remember…Hillary said Americans – who she was responsible for – being raped, tortured and murdered serving their country…DO NOT MATTER????

Ted Cruzin' 4 A Brusin' April 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm

It doesn’t matter. The people consider it a moot point. Republicans need a candidate that can beat her, and thus far, he/she hasn’t showed up.

GrandTango April 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I’m VERY GLAD you’re so confident, considering she is not BLACK (see multiple-voter turnout)..and Voter ID is in effect in 2016 (You enormous Dumb@$$)…..

Deo Vindice SC April 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm

your raciest comments do a very disturbing event for our brave servicemen that fought for the Bush wars. I promise you that whatever it takes, I will forever be your enemy. You are a POS.

John April 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm

This is a South Carolina issue, dumbass, not a national one.

GrandTango April 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Yeah, you’re right….the president has nothing to do w/ South Carolina….

Oh…bye the bye…you ever hear of Obamacare…you F*#king Leftwing colossal IDIOT?????

Bi The Way April 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm

You tell ’em, Sweet Cheeks!

Fed Up April 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I hope so!
I have constantly compare Obama and Ohaley!
They are one and the same. Only difference one is Emperor of the Nation, the other Emporess of SC!
God help us!

soxinsc April 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

If Hillary runs for governor, I’m sure we’ll see a lot of Benghazi-based ads this year.

If I were you, I’d hold my breath in anticipation.

jimlewisowb April 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

It is always a good day when one reads of a Cockroach munching on another Cockroach

John Boy April 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Also, has Haley hired any competent heads or cabinet members that’s not a friend, donor, or relative (in-laws included) ?

Jay Ellington April 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Good point, but have you noticed what Lourie has been instrumental in doing to the Richland County Election Commission?

John Boy April 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Yep! Sure have…but I’m more concerned on this post about Haley hiring (as governor) “fresh sets of eyes” that need $100,000 assistants to do their jobs from places…oh, I don’t know, like their homes. Having said that, McBride can go jump into the Broad River, which seems rather faddish at the moment.

CorruptionInColumbia April 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

They’d never find her, given all the other feces that Columbia manages to “accidentally” dump in that waterway.

Explain yourself April 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

you seem to harp on Lourie (without really explaining why), just what do think he masterminded considering the delegation has 17 members?

South Carolina Senate Delegation -John E. Courson, District 20, Darrell Jackson, District 21, Joel Lourie, District 22
John L. Scott, Jr., District 19, J. Thomas McElveen, District 35

South Carolina House DelegationDr. Jimmy C. Bales, District 80, Nathan Ballentine, District 71, Beth E. Bernstein, District 78, MaryGail K. Douglas, District 41, Kirkman Finlay, III, District 75, Christopher R. Hart, District 73, Leon Howard, District 76
Joseph A. “Joe” McEachern, District 77, Mia S. McLeod, District 79, Joseph H. Neal, District 70, J. Todd Rutherford, District 74
James E. Smith, Jr., District 72

Jay Ellington April 24, 2014 at 8:52 am

It’s not just him. He’s simply the Caucasian mouthpiece. Joel Lourie is to the Richland County Election Commission as Cameron Runyan is to City Hall. Wonder why the commission is trying so hard to block access to emails between they and Lourie. If there’s nothing to hide, step into the light.

Explain Yourself April 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

If Lourie and others are involved in some maleficence why are Courson, Ballentine, and Finlay not calling him out?

Fed UP April 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm


Sandy Burglar April 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Somebody needs to ask Joel Lourie about the other corrupt beyond belief “Lillian” residing in Richland County. You know, the “Lillian” who Lourie covered for and helped get her job back after one of the most outrageous and illegal election stunts in South Carolina history. Yes, I think Lillian Koller needs to go for her imcompetence and malfeasance but for crying out loud, how the hell does Lillian McBride have her job back – with much higher pay??? What say you, Sen. Lourie? How do you justify that??

idiotwind April 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

lillian already has her own state senator – jackson. your suggestion that she has 2 personal representatives in the senate is completely out of order.

Jay Ellington April 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

The democratic process matters not to liberal retards like Lourie.

Larry April 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Louie does what gets him paid. He works for money like a chimp at the zoo except he takes large bills only. Ask the folks at the synagogue, they will tell you. They are done with him.

beenthere April 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Amazing that Gov. Haley continues to put Politics ahead of children and families in SC. Koller and her managers @ DSS need to go and everyone sees this including the Gov., but again she is too worried about the upcoming election to do what is right. BTW, I also read where Koller claims to have cleaned up over 25,000 open CPS investigations since becoming Director. Another manipulation of the numbers. Truth is, 99% of those open CPS investigations were completed. The County Office only had to go into the computer system to put in the completed date of the investigation. For Koller to claim that she is responsible for getting those investigations completed is an outright lie! Koller and her managers continue to tell lie after lie and with the Gov.’s blessing. When the Feds go public with their findings against Koller and DSS, I bet Gov. Haley will wish she would have taken action months ago. Hats off to Senators Lourie and Shealy for taking the initiative to do what is right for children and families in SC!

Jay Ellington April 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Maybe Lourie should have been riding their asses instead of championing Lillian McBride.

Jon April 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Joel Lourie goes where Joel Lourie gets paid.

GrandTango April 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Greedy Liberals devised the Child Welfare system years ago..that’s not Haley’s fault…

Greedy Liberals wanted a system so people in the Community could get paid for taking in children their neighbors’ (parent) would not take care of…

Kind of hard to blame Haley for another failed liberal program…

20 years ago, Newt wanted to re-establish the orphanage program..but liberal welfare industry honchoes $#!t all over themselves, because it blocked them from funds, that the truly caring administrators in family-based homes would need to run them…

Can’t let nothing get in the way of Liberal know that…

you know me April 23, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Kat, stand your ground and you’ll be a senator long after Nikki’s 2014 defeat.

Haley no mo April 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm


Deo Vindice SC April 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

The fact remains to this day, Nikki cares about Nikki

nitrat April 23, 2014 at 7:20 pm

There has GOT to be a backstory on why Haley is hanging on to this sinking ship of an appointee…who, what party or national GOPer, does Haley owe that makes her think hanging on, particularly in an election year, is worth it?

junior justice April 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm

That is where the answer is, if it can only be found. Somebody out there would squeal if they are squeezed hard enough and long enough. What is so horrible/ ugly/ painful to Nikkie that makes her so afraid and cowardly?

Beartrkkr April 23, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Maybe someone has let someone else know that if she is let go she will tell the world how she was directed by someone that rhymes with “tricky” to purposely cook the books on the state of the DSS program.

RHood2 April 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Does Sevatius still stutter?

anon, April 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm


Dr. Phil April 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Tony Keck, brought in from Louisiana with a good track record in that field, has done an admirable job reducing waste, fraud and abuse at DHEC, including the $500 million annual Medicaid fraud he inherited.

Gov. Haley’s choice of Lillian Koller, on the other hand, seems one hundred percent political, and lives have been lost. DHHS audits are done on a county-by-county basis; average 40 pages in length; and are read, I believe, by nobody. DHHS is a ship without a rudder, upon the rocks.

Another reason to vote against Haley this year.

Town Crier April 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

FYI – I think you may have the these agencies mixed up…Keck is at DHHS, and Koller is at DSS.

Dr. Phil April 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm

You are correct, Town Crier.

I get my acronyms mixed up sometimes.

The takeaway is the same: Gov. Haley’s concern for the children under Koller’s charge is zero.

Greg April 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

Haley will never remove her because Haley will never admit she is wrong. All of Haleys cabinet positions are terrible unless you happened to be a retired general like the director at DMV. He helped Haleys husband advance in the military….he gets funds to hire staff and pays them a fair wage…the director at DPS gets nothing the troopers there are leaving in droves over pay….DOT is broke and everyone knows the roads are terrible..until Republicans wake up and realize Haley is a failure and stop endorsing her nothing will change. Haley will continue her reign using out if state money to higher office.


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