Democrats Lauch “Nikki Haley Smoke And Mirrors” Website

Eager to debunk S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s self-proclaimed “Jobs Governor” title, Palmetto State Democrats have launched a new website zeroing in on various claims made by the incumbent “Republican.” And most of the featured claims thus far are focused on Haley’s less-than-accurate “economic development” forecasts. “Nikki Haley makes a lot…

Eager to debunk S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s self-proclaimed “Jobs Governor” title, Palmetto State Democrats have launched a new website zeroing in on various claims made by the incumbent “Republican.”

And most of the featured claims thus far are focused on Haley’s less-than-accurate “economic development” forecasts.

“Nikki Haley makes a lot of claims, using smoke and mirrors to hide the harsh reality of her failures. The truth is: Life is tough for most families in South Carolina, and when things go wrong Haley’s covers it up instead of being honest with the people,” said Conor Hurley, SCDP Executive Director. “From distorting the jobs numbers to concealing her economic failures, to allowing children to be kept in danger to mismanagement at DSS and covering up the hacking of people’s Social Security Numbers — Nikki Haley has shown time and again that she cannot be trusted. It’s our job to hold her accountable, and that’s exactly what we’re doing with this microsite and digital initiative.”

Haley has been busted inflating the state’s jobs numbers on several previous occasions (including HERE and HERE), but her real trick is touting the state’s shrinking unemployment rate – which isn’t the result of new jobs, but rather tens of thousands of working age South Carolinians leaving the workforce .”

That’s why the Palmetto State has a record low labor participation rate.

Democrats have nominated S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen to run against Haley – although his campaign has badly faltered.  That’s opened the door for self-styled “independent Republican” Tom Ervin – who is running on an interesting mix of free market conservative and populist Democratic policies.

Also running? Libertarian nominee Steve French – who has been aggressively pressing Haley on the bread and butter fiscal issues where she is vulnerable.


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MashPotato September 2, 2014 at 10:52 am


USC Graduate September 2, 2014 at 11:06 am

What do you want? It’s a Soth Carolina.

The Colonel September 2, 2014 at 1:38 pm

But I thought it was Sloth Carolina in Will’s case….

USC Graduate September 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Who cares? SC is the taint of the USA. Why any adult would choose to live there is beyond me.

The Colonel September 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I chose to live here after living all over the US and the world – wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else.

Deo Vindice SC September 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Fragger !!!

Deo Vindice SC September 3, 2014 at 10:51 pm

I have a rocket launcher for you .

therage September 4, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Because living anywhere with an economy, a quality of life, would require effort. You don’t have to actually TRY to do anything in SC. In fact, having ideas and a genuine caring WORK ETHIC is an anathema to most folks in South Cackilaki. GIve them their beer, their tv, and Gamecock/Tiger FOOT Ball and their happy!. Change comes slow to SC IF it ever comes at all! AND then some of us are too old to hop trains by taking on the hobo lifestyle. We’re trapped!

Oh Well September 2, 2014 at 11:08 am

She has been known, as a pathological liar for years.
The lemmings who will vote only Party (Dems and Repubs) will reelect her.
Just like the brain dead lemmings who would vote for Clyburn, Obama, the Clintons, Sanford, Peeler, Leatherman, etc.
These people ARE the problem and have no solutions!

CorruptionInColumbia September 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

I wish more people had the grasp of reality that you do!

Buz Martin September 2, 2014 at 11:51 am

Grasp on his joy-stick when he thinks about Haley, you mean.

lipstick traces September 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm

i think he was talking about when you dressed in those pretty dresses for the burlesque shows at the rainbow and other assorted gay functions…share some pics with gang pee wee….

Buz Martin September 2, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Never happened. The “drag” thing was a joke from day one, as was all the talk about getting “3-D” tattoos. You think I could wear high heels, man? Impossible!

CorruptionInColumbia September 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Hi Buz! I am pretty sure Oh Well is not a fan of Haley’s from reading the comment I responded to, or did I miss something?

Mr.Hi Halo September 2, 2014 at 11:43 am

LMAO….Tom Ervin’s wife Kathryn Williams contributed $50,000 to this group the last governor’s election-including a few thousand to Sheheen! SCDP? On the Top 20 Donor List ?

Since Ervin started spending his millions attacking Haley , Sheheen has lost 10 points. Haley has gained 2 points and Ervin is at 2%.

Spend away.It is creating more jobs in the 8th best economy in the US.

snickering September 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Show me concrete evidence.

Deo Vindice SC September 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

chill bro, Haley win’s.

snickering September 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

There are so many reasons to hate Nikki Haley. Where do you start and when does it end.

therage September 4, 2014 at 11:49 pm

I can help remind us of a few. Calling out anyone who lost their job, by no fault of their own, a “drug addict” Saying we should take those 20 hr jobs anyway to “prove ourselves” once again (this from someone who never, EVER had a real job outside of politics and even then, she had the WORST absentee average in the SC House when there!) The obvious DSS scandal. The arrest (and consequential judgement against the state) for the illegal ouster of the Occupyers from the StateHouse Grounds. Her firing and consequential lawsuit by the lesbian highway patrol person. The whole Anti-Union message to PROSPECTIVE companies. Her latest campaign ad with the 14 year old “bullied girl” (That might explain why Trikki Nikki throws a tantrum about unions. She has the maturity of a 14 year old drama queen it seems!). Staying on the “empathy for the 14 y/o “D-Q”, contrast that with her total LACK of empathy for the 6 year old that was KILLED on that train ride in Spartanburg OR the family of the now severly disabled kid whose family went bankrupt from the millions in med bills. All T-N could say was “The law prohibits SC from paying anymore”. OR how she didn’t even prosecute/FIRE the lying SOB SC OSHA INSPECTOR that rubberstamped the inspection documents on that same ride!.(the LAW clearly states what needs to be done in cases of falsification of documents!) The TB epidemic debacle in Greenwood/Ninety Six..(Those kids that contracted it/actually were sickened are marked for life because of that being allowed to blow-up). Not taking the Medicaid money that we’re taxed for anyway!.(Then hiring high-priced consultants to tell her what to do!). The Katrina Shealy/Trikki Nikki FB cat fight. Firing the MOST talented woman on the USC Board of Trustees and one of the most influential financial analysts in the ENTIRE WORLD, Darla Moore, so to put her own cronnie in place. Running off the Wisconsin to promote Scott Walker, an even WORSE nimrod of a governor, OR embarrasing the State of SC to blabber in Canada…The 150 million EXTRA tax-payer bailout of Boeing in Charleston! The lack of oversight by paid officials concerning WIA educational programs, the PSC, Colleges and University skyrocketing costs. The point is, YOU and I and the rest of us know this SO WTH doesn’t Vincent Sheheen stand up and take off the kid gloves in this campaign?. He could EASILY win it BUT seems terrified of “success”. Wish we had a champion for and OF the Common Man/Woman who could wage a write-in campaign because we in South Carolina CANNOT withstand another 4 years of Nimrata Shindawa Haley OR Tom “Good Guy/Pat Himself on Back” Ervin! Vincent Sheheen! Please GROW a damn pair!

The Colonel September 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Funny that the Democrat Party would launch a “smoke and mirrors site” about Haley on the same day Vincent “Gilligan” Sheheen gets slapped down for lying about her actions in the Department of Revenue hacking story.

The Colonel September 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm Reply
snickering September 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Except those “Lies” are true.

The Colonel September 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Not so much, at best they’re half truths which is no better than what we have. It’s not so much that I’m pro Haley as it is”we don’t need a new liar named Sheheen in office”.

Steve September 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Who appointed Koller? Who appointed the head of SCDOT that resigned after being pulled over drunk at 8:30 AM? Who appointed the head of SCDEW that resigned in disgrace? Who appointed the head of SCDOR that resigned after the hacking?

In you world is anything ever the responsibility of Haley?

The Colonel September 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Haley did all of those things so why doesn’t Gilligan stick with the facts rather than making shit up?

snickering September 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I’m sorry “The Colonel” you don’t have the facts on the hacking of the Department of Revenue. Were you going to mention Nikki Haley gave a 12 million dollar no bid contract to the same people who hacked us.

The Colonel September 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Sorry, you’ll have to back that one up – your assertion is that Haley gave $12,000,000 to the people who hacked the Department of Revenue?
Did I read your post correctly?

The Colonel September 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

And so I guess that’s not what you meant… Sheheen’s ad implies that Haley hid the data breach when in fact, SLED told her not to report it while they investigated. In other words, it’s a lie.

Haley didn’t hire the IT staff and the system that was breached predates her administration by almost ten years. Her response was the correct one, quickly provide those affected by the breach with some protection – the normal bid process would have taken 30-60 days assuming there was no protest to the award.

Steve September 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Ah yes, Haley did not hire the IT staff, but if memory serves she did appoint the head of DOR who allowed the IT security position to remain vacant for over a year and did not fill it until after the hacking.

So does she bear any responsibility for putting someone in charge who could not recognize that IT security is pretty important ?

The Colonel September 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Okay, so her appointee screwed up – I think he’s gone now. Doesn’t change the fact that Sheheen lied in his ad – which is the whole point of my original post. Why trade one bad liar for a potentially good liar, he is lawyer after all.

Steve September 3, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Just go ahead and admit that no matter how bad Haley screws up, nothing she could do would stop you from voting for her.

Guys like you like to blame the system but your habit of blindly voting for a party rather than a person is killing this state. Seriously, the R’s have been in almost total control of this state for over 20 years and what have they done to make it better. Perhaps if a few dems started getting in they would get their act together.

The Colonel September 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Schwait, time out, I’m not sure who I’m voting for at this point, I’ve never voted a straight party ticket and once, to my chagrin these days, voted for “Jammy Cotter”. I’ve worked on Johnny Spratt’s campaigns. At one time I tended to vote Republican, now I vote conservative, they’re not the same thing, maybe they’ve never necessarily been the same thing.

At my advanced age, I’ve decided to call “bovine excreta” bullshit when I see it. In the case of the dwarves running for goobernor, none of them really turn me on. Haley goes from blunder to bluster to fabrication when things go awry. However Sheheen, rather than attacking her on legitimate issues choose to run ads that are just not true or are incredibly inaccurate half truths and he needs to be called on it. Sheheen is a liberal, one of the reasons he won’t run on issues is because he’s a liberal and he knows it won’t fly in this state.

Deo Vindice SC September 3, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Fragger, I like ya, would never follow ya.
Uhhh- Rahhhhhh

snickering September 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

YES, HELL YES, a company who was the crown jewel of Experian, “Church” was actually a company owned by a 24 year old Viet Nam kid. Of course the second the Secret Service identified this company as the thief of all of S.C. data Experian dropped this company. The US Justice Department, FBI set up a sting to get this guy in the US and arrested him on the tarmac as he was leaving the plane. Congress then held hearings on Experian and their dealings. Maybe I read more than you. And yes Haley gave a no bid contract of 12 million dollars to Experian. I don’t have anymore to say on this subject because it is so depressing to me our Governor is Haley. She’s all yours.

Jamie Crater September 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Vote for a Godless,lying Democrat!

Barney September 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm

This is why SC will remain a joke to the rest of the world

snickering September 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Careful about calling Democrats Godless and lying. Karma is a Bitch and I have yet to meet any Godless Lying Democrats. Leave those to the people on FAUX news or are you portraying yourself.

therage September 4, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Most United Methodists are Democrats and Most Southern Bab’tists are Republican/Tea Party sycophants and from the Bible, United Methodists follow the principles taught by Jesus Christ while SouBab’s have little resemblance to Jesus as one can get. SouBab’s, the predominant religion now, only got popular because they supported SLAVERY, Jim Crow, and are anti-worker. (Told those shot dead by the wage thieves 80 years ago Sept 6,1934 in Honea Path SC “got what they deserved”. The workers wanted 15 cents an hour more, a raise from a quarter an hour to 40 cents an hour, to help feed their families) See “The Uprising of ’34” to get the REAL story!

snickering September 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Here’s an idea for all Republicans and Tea Parties, Protest by NOT voting. Your conscience will be clear.

RogueElephant September 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Nikki is far from great but compared to what she is running against she is by far the best. A Democrat loser, a Liberaltarian loser, and a Republican/Democrat double loser. WOW Nikki is a towering giant of a governor. LOL

Steve September 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm

So you actually believe Sheheen could do worse than Haley? I wonder if the kids under DSS care would agree with you?

larry September 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

lets don,t forget about what gov. Haley had spend on voter fraud and had our law enforcement spend loss time on looking for those dead voters 3.5 million dollars 3.5million dollars yours tax dollars it could have gone to putting more people back to work and don,t forget those large raises that was given to her staff when she took office .

Bible Thumper September 2, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Fits keeps leaving one number out of his jobs calculation.
Population growth of working age population in South Carolina is higher than the national average.
******* 102,016 jobs have been created since Haley took office. ******
The Civilian non-institutionalize population has grown 156,215.
About 35,500 of that is greater than the national average growth. A large portion of that could be retirees moving to South Carolina. Retirees are included in the labor participation rate, if they are not in a nursing home. Also baby boomers are retiring. People are living longer. Their may be more single income families. Finally, more people are on disability and they are counted in the labor participation rate.

Deo Vindice SC September 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Smoke and Mirrors won last time, we’ll do it again.


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