GOVERNOR CALLS ON SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO STEP DOWN … SOMEHOW ISN’T STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley waded into the scandal surrounding embattled Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell – calling on the veteran legislative leader to step down in the wake of his indictment on nine counts of public corruption.
Really, governor? Really?
We don’t disagree with Haley’s assessment of the situation. Hell, we called on Harrell to resign last February. But Haley calling on anyone to step down for their ethical shortcomings strikes us as the height of hypocrisy.
For those of you just waking up from a two-year nap, Haley has done far worse than Harrell – and gotten away with it.
The governor was accused of multiple abuses of power during her six years as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives. Specifically, she was accused of illegally lobbying on behalf of Lexington Medical Center, her former employer from 2008-10. Haley was also accused of illegally lobbying on behalf of Wilbur Smith Associates – an engineering firm with extensive business before the state – and failing to report nearly $50,000 in income received from the company between 2007-09.
Seriously … Haley is hands-down the most ethically challenged public official in the Palmetto State. And yet she felt she had the room to call on somebody else to step down?
Haley’s decision to enter this fray strikes us as a golden opportunity for Harrell …
The Speaker can now (effectively, we might add) argue that if a Richland County grand jury has the authority to indict him for campaign finance violations, it also has the authority (the obligation, even) to indict Haley for her much more serious criminal conduct.
Frankly, we think the book (several stacks of books actually) should be thrown at both of them …