Mark Sanford And Nikki Haley: Not Peas And Carrots

NEW NATIONAL STORY DETAILS FRACTURED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNORS It’s no secret former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is not enamored with his successor, Nikki Haley – the woman who won her “Republican” primary in 2010 on the strength of $400,000 from a political action committee run by Sanford. In fact before…


It’s no secret former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is not enamored with his successor, Nikki Haley – the woman who won her “Republican” primary in 2010 on the strength of $400,000 from a political action committee run by Sanford.

In fact before Haley had even taken the oath of office in January 2011, FITS published a story detailing Sanford’s “disillusionment” with her.

“Sanford first became suspicious of Haley during the general election, when the newly-minted GOP nominee began making her first moves to the ‘center’ of the South Carolina political spectrum,” we reported back in December of 2010. “Obviously, that centrist dash only picked up speed as the general election progressed, with Haley backtracking on her support for parental choice and individual income tax relief – a pair of ideas she and Sanford had previously championed together.”

When Haley threatened to stop issuing executive budgets each year – one of Sanford’s groundbreaking reforms aimed at holding state lawmakers accountable on spending issues – the former governor joined others in publicly rebuking her.

Haley later reconsidered her decision, but the relationship with Sanford has gone downhill ever since – in part due to Haley’s many ideological betrayals, but in part due to something more elemental.

In a sprawling story on Sanford published in this week’s New York Times Magazine, chief political correspondent Jim Rutenberg delves into the fractured relationship between the two governors.

Quoting GOP powerbroker John Rainey – who literally wrote “the book” on Haley’s corruption – Rutenberg reveals that Haley never expressed appreciation to Sanford for his help, which over the span of a few weeks turned her from last-place rabble rouser into a legitimate contender with loads of momentum.

“She never thanked him,” Rainey told Rutenberg, adding “that’s something you never forget – ingratitude.”

Rutenberg’s story also provides details from a story FITS previously heard – but was unable to verify – about Haley stiffing Sanford on a request for a pair of tickets for his son to see the 2012 University of South Carolina-Georgia football game.

Haley’s office also refused to let Sanford’s son have a meal with a friend at the governor’s mansion that September weekend.

“They offered to pay for it and everything,” our source says. “Her responses was to staff out a rejection of the request.”

Ouch …

Sources tell FITS Sanford would have never asked Haley for anything for himself – but was particularly stung that she chose to make him look bad in front of his son.

FITS spoke with Sanford briefly about the New York Magazine story this week, but – as he did with Rutenberg – he declined to go into details about his relationship with Haley.

Sanford’s gubernatorial campaign account still has more than $1 million in on-hand contributions.  His Reform SC group – the one which boosted Haley’s campaign – has approximately $150,000.

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Bible Thumper June 26, 2014 at 10:14 am

Good for her.

Rakkasan June 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

Also from NYT:
John Rainey has called her “the most corrupt person to occupy the governor’s mansion since Reconstruction.” Haley, a Sikh American, has called Rainey a “racist, sexist bigot.”)

ted June 26, 2014 at 10:29 am

John is a great guy. Maybe Nikki can get some help before it’s too late.

Fed up Republican June 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

Haley is not far removed from India and India style politics.
Her mother and father immigrated and she was born here, just like Obama….maybe?
Obama has proven he feels America is the Great Satan and has apologized all over the world. He makes apologies for our sacrafices and coddles our enemies!
Haley is NO different. She sells out Charleston South Carolina Port for a few shillings and a speaking opportunity, costing South Carolina billions!
Obama sells out the USA and costs US billions in funds and thousands in lives.
They are one in the same Obama and Ohaley! Too many similarities to ignore!
Obama has been a disaster and should have NEVER been given a second term, which is worse than the first!
Haley does NOT deserve a second term! It will be a GRAVE mistake. A second term for her will be a GAVE mistake!
Let’s NOT make that mistake!

you know me June 26, 2014 at 10:23 am

Guess she also never thanked him for that first class “ride” to China.

kyle June 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

Haley and Sandfraud two maniacs that dumbasss people in this state keep putting in office.

Blue Lights June 26, 2014 at 10:48 am


Smirks June 26, 2014 at 10:39 am

Sources tell FITS Sanford would have never asked Haley for anything for himself – but was particularly stung that she chose to make him look bad in front of his son.

No one has to *make* you look bad, Mark, you do a wonderful job of that on your own.

nitrat June 26, 2014 at 10:55 am

If Sanford really said that he is either too crazy or too stupid to leave his house, much less be in public office.

Leaving Home June 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Well, he did find Argentina…

southmauldin June 26, 2014 at 10:51 am

They can both kiss 100% of my ass. Two grifters living off of the government while complaining about the size of government the entire time.

Blue Lights June 26, 2014 at 10:58 am


YallCalmDown June 26, 2014 at 11:29 am

Sanford is independently wealthy. He’s just running for office for his ego.

vicupstate June 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Are you sure? Does Jenny pay him alimony or something?

Guessing June 26, 2014 at 1:40 pm

She was always the source of the liquidity is my guess. Even if he is as wealthy as others suppose with the plantation property, he is probably like many others of that type: land rich and cash poor. That is a bad combination in light of the economics of the development or recreational market for the last several years.

I’m betting Congressman is the best paying job he ever had including his stint as a young Wall Streeter and certainly since his return to SC.

Buz Martin June 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Nikki sings, to the tune of “Moon River”:

“Two grifters, off to screw the world
There’s such a lot of world to screw
We’re after the same shameless end
With the rules we bend
Poon Tripper and me …”

Diane June 26, 2014 at 10:55 am

Haley and Sandford two ships in the night that have both collided and have sunk.

junior justice June 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

Sooooo, that must mean that since Nikki has allowed Will to “munch” there that gives him a “head start” on Sanford.

carrie June 26, 2014 at 11:53 am

Jenny Sanford, as we know, worked hard to help Haley get elected. Did she do it for Mark in spite of the fact that they were getting divorced or was this something she wanted to do on her own?

GrandTango June 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

I sure felt betrayed by Sanford. He made a lot of promises, but his immature bickering w/ his enemies turned everybody against him, and made him totally ineffective as a leader.

But of course, in his truly narcissistic style Sanford still made the best of his (legislatively anyway) impotency, “crossing the line”

Hope y’all got to read this. If not, it’s a GREAT read about Sanford. Spot on (even award-winning) some are saying:

Sex Change June 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Ya know, we wouldn’t know you had a new post if it wasn’t for fits or The State, Emily…

Buz Martin June 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm

He’s not Emily.

He might be Nelly, but he’s not Emily. ;)

Just wondering June 27, 2014 at 7:11 am

As if Sanford is so unlike Curtis Loftis and Richard Eckstrom??

GrandTango June 27, 2014 at 7:43 am

Then write a column about them, if they bother you so. I’d love to read it.

Just wondering June 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Just making a point. They are all the same. Corruption runs rampant in South Carolna’s elected offices. I’ve read many columns on all of them. They’re all pretty embarrassing and sickening.

GrandTango June 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

To say corruption runs rampant, w/o any more support than you offer, is simply giving into the clichés of the easily led.
Corruption does exist, but it’s usually confined to specific individuals. So much of the other is personal attack based on

Been there June 29, 2014 at 8:36 am

Over 30 years of state service on my record. I’ve seen more than I am willing to discuss, on State and County levels. There is truth to most of the “rumors”, however, too many in high positions are willing to cover it all up. In the end, it comes out, examples: Charles Sharpe, ex-Commission of Agriculture/cockfighting, Thomas Ravenel, ex-State Treasurer/drugs, Earle Morris, ex-Comptroller General/Securities Fraud, James Metts, Lexington County Sheriff on suspension/gambling. There are SO many others. It will come to light down the road. It always does. It may take years, a lot of years, but when al is said and done, I would love to ask them all, was it worth it?

GrandTango June 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Add all of them up, and divide them by the number o people in public office, and it would not even qualify as a small fraction, except technically…

The reason liberals feed you this “they all Do it” crap is to shield them from accountability…and to distract from their POLIVES, that are worse than corruption…

As long as you are crapping over yourselves, believing in these secret conspiracies, the liberals can rob us blind, as you try to bottle carbon dioxide, as evidence.

Bill June 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Wait, please stop the presses. Did Sanford really accuse Hailey of making him look bad in front of his kid? The Mark Sanford who skipped fathers day weekend to be with his Argentine “soul mate.” The Mark Sanford who tried to sneak back into the country to perpetuate his hiking lie. They Mark Sanford who stole money from the taxpayers to fund his liaison, and got off scot-free. . That Mark Sanford?
God I hate that pathetic taker. Two decades living off the backs of the taxpayers. How stupid are we?

Buz Martin June 26, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Thank you!

Gamecock Hall of Fame June 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Damn if a former SC Governor can’t get tickets to a Gamecock game he must be an outcast. Tyrone is always peddling some seats from his segway. Oh, my bad,Tyrone is fresh out of box seats.

Bill June 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Bet he gets all he wants now, from lobbyists. But hey, those are not bribes they just really like him.

Chasity Knotts June 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I wouldn’t let a Sanford boy anywhere near my little indian princess. Smart move Trikki.

guest June 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Maybe he did something that only Haley knows and wants nothing to do with him. Per human nature no one wants to have anything to do people who only think of themselves even if it means hurting young innocent children,

Mandy June 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Maria is thinking. What the F was I thinking!!!!

nitrat June 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm

A few comments from the NYT piece:

Hugh Centerville Wappingers Falls, NY

Last year, when both Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner tried to resuscitate their political careers, both were soundly rejected in Gomorrah, I mean New York, where, apparently, Family Values matter more than they do in SC’s First Congressional District.

Jay Steinberg CA

A bit amazed this man will allow himself to be photographed on anything resembling a trail.

recox Princeton NJ

This story made me feel like I need to take a shower. Sanford would probably get a perfect score on the DSM’s narcissistic personality disorder test.


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