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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s failure to protect taxpayers hit a new “low” this week when she issued only $18.5 million worth of budget vetoes … out of a $25.1 billion spending plan.

That’s less than one-tenth of one percent … 

Steve French, the Libertarian Party’s gubernatorial nominee, expressed his frustration with Haley’s anemic vetoes – referring to them collectively (and correctly) as a “joke.” Sources close to his campaign tell FITS he plans on taking things a step further, though.

In an effort to provide voters with a contrast to Haley’s status quo rubber-stamping (and generate a little free media for his insurgent gubernatorial bid), French’s campaign says he will be rolling out a list of spending items he would have cut from the state budget.

Sort of an “alternative veto message.”

We like it …

In fact that’s just the sort of clever thinking that could make French the first credible third party statewide candidate South Carolina has seen in some time – assuming he makes good on the concept.

Anyway, we’ll be sure to bring our readers French’s “veto message” as soon as we receive it …