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NIKKI HALEY RESPONDS TO DAMNING AGENCY AUDIT WITH MORE MISDIRECTION By FITSNEWS  ||  S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley continues to offer nothing resembling an excuse for the abysmal performance of her Department of Social Services (SCDSS) – which was the subject of a blistering audit released this week. Haley’s SCDSS is perhaps…

NIKKI HALEY RESPONDS TO DAMNING AGENCY AUDIT WITH MORE MISDIRECTION

By FITSNEWS  ||  S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley continues to offer nothing resembling an excuse for the abysmal performance of her Department of Social Services (SCDSS) – which was the subject of a blistering audit released this week.

Haley’s SCDSS is perhaps the worst-run agency we’ve ever seen … which is saying something in a state like South Carolina where incompetent, backward (and increasingly expensive) government is par for the course.

Yet rather than substantively address the rampant problems at her cabinet agency – which include dead kids, questionable consultant payments, allegations of cooked books at its “welfare to work” program, food stamp fraud, etc. – Haley’s administration has decided to attack the lawmaker who initiated the recent investigation of the agency.

S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne – who requested the audit released this week – was the subject of a broadside from Haley’s administration, which is apparently refusing to answer her questions because it believes she is conflicted.

“(Horne) has a personal financial interest in discrediting DSS child welfare services, caseworkers, and officials in the public mind,” a statement from interim agency head Amber Gillum read.

 

Really?  Last time we checked SCDSS was doing a good enough job of that on its own …

Anyway, Gillum goes on to ask S.C. Sen. Tom Young to prevent Horne from questioning agency officials about their multiple failures.

“I ask that you ask her to withdraw and if she will not, I ask that you disqualify her from participation because her private financial interest conflict with her public duties as a legislator,” Gillum’s statement continued.

Wow …

“Tone deaf,” one S.C. Senate staffer told FITS.

For those of you keeping score at home, Horne does have several child welfare cases before SCDSS – including several she’s working on free of charge.

But all that’s irrelevant … SCDSS’ child welfare division is an unmitigated, demonstrably deteriorating disaster.  Horne’s criticism of it is therefore accurate – whatever her motivation may be for leveling it.

“I just wish DSS would stop trying to deflect attention from its epic failure of children in South Carolina and get to the business of cleaning up the agency,” Horne said.  “That is why I and others in the House requested the (audit) in August of 2012.”

Indeed …

Of course such a petty political reaction from Haley’s administration is expected … after all this is precisely the same strategy she employed when S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy, one of the governor’s longtime allies, began demanding change at SCDSS.

Specifically, Haley accused Shealy and another woman of spreading a rumor that former SCDSS director Lillian Koller was an atheist (which last time we checked was true).

“(Diretor) Koller is not an Atheist,” Haley wrote on her Facebook page. “I wish you and Sen. Shealy would quit spreading that lie. She is Jewish and the daughter of Holocaust survivors.”

Unreal … rather than respond to legitimate, substantive criticism, Haley’s modus operandi is to accuse her opponents of being bigots (a strategy she previously employed against GOP donor John Rainey when he raised questions about her myriad ethical issues).

Haley’s attack on Shealy failed … in fact thanks to Shealy’s pressure, Koller was forced to resign her post over Haley’s repeated objections.

Let’s hope this latest attempted misdirection is similarly unsuccessful …

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39 comments

loisdeboid October 3, 2014 at 9:58 am

Beats the usual dick waving from condescending pricks.

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flaggate October 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

Lol..Dems Ervin and Sheheen appear to get along very well? What is that all about? :-)

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loisdeboid October 3, 2014 at 9:58 am

Beats the usual dick waving from condescending pricks.

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Ok, but.... October 3, 2014 at 10:13 am

“(Horne) has a personal financial interest in discrediting DSS child welfare services, caseworkers, and officials in the public mind,” a statement from interim agency head Amber Gillum read.”

Ok, I’m a huge cynic/skeptic, but just for shits & giggles, what exactly is this “personal financial interest” that Gillum is claiming that Horne has?

I mean, isn’t that an important part of the story?

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ScrewedNSC October 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

I ask again, what has Nikki Haley done to deserve reelection?

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Manray October 3, 2014 at 10:40 am

It doesn’t matter. She’s the Republican which means automatic reelection in SC. All the sheep say “baaa.”

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RogueElephant October 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Is anybody up for Katrina Shealy for Governor in 2020 ?

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guest October 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Good idea.
You are currently witnessing the hopelessness the dems have in defeating Haley. They know Haley is at 52% and Sheheen is around 40% with “internal” polling.

The DSS debacle didn’t stick to Haley this summer-they still hope they can “ding” Haley with the “audit” and Sheheen can buy 200,000 blacks that didn’t vote for him in 2010 with the flag issue.These two events are the “October” surprise.Desperation.

Landslide while Sheheen has destroyed his political career and Ervin has become a political joke statewide.

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Deo Vindice SC October 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Anyone but Nikki, I’m on board, you bet ya !

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Yawns October 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

I hope and pray the FBI take her pathetic sorry ass down. I can’t stand the woman anymore. And I am not even a democrat. I am an independent all the way, baby!

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guest October 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

Right.Just like Tom Ervin. LMAO!!!!!!

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SC Political Digest October 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

LMAO. You sound like an ignorant and hateful, bitter A-Hole.

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Smirks October 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

He’s not you.

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SC Political Digest October 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

For starters: Haley has rejected Obamacare, costly-non-fundable Medicaid expansion and Common Core. She fought Obama on Boeing jobs and voter integrity laws, and won both. She has treaded water – in the miserable Obma-conomy – by bringing in thousands of news jobs, taking them from more-liberal, higher taxing, and anti-business states.

Haley is pro-charter and pro-home school and she has tried to stop the influx of illegal alien children the Democrats and Obama THINK we can pay for.

Sheheen would lock in w/ every failed and dangerous policy, the Democrats would thrust upon us.

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Medicaid Madness October 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm

But you have yours…

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Grover October 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

Ive come to the conclusion that unless it affects them voters dont really care what the hell Haley does in office. What a shame someone should tally all the chaos this idiot has caused this state in her 4 years in office. Wait they dont give a shit.

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Grover October 3, 2014 at 10:30 am

The audit has been released and its very damaging to Haley. Just goes to show how shes been running her cabinet agencies..overworked underpaid and understaffed. Boom!!!

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A question October 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

I’ve always been curious about the “underpaid” thing. If they are underpaid, why don’t they go get a job someplace that pays them what they are worth?

Is it because they are selfless?

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Grover October 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

152 Deaths not reported to SLED…WOW…Now if anyone votes for Haley they are idiots.

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junior justice October 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

CORONERS — they, too, could be swayed, influenced, bought and owned.

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Joe October 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

I saw that on Mannix one time back in the 70’s. What a fuckin idiot.

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Michael Halliday October 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm

wow…Mannix… that is a golden oldie ;) Great reference

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John Brown October 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

Ain’t gonna work.Better stay with the Confederate Flag issue.

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John Brown October 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

Ain’t gonna work.Better stay with the Confederate Flag issue.

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Joel October 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm

And where was Joel Lourie? Watch football on TV. Now, when the kids are all dead and buried, Joel is Johnny on the spot.

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Nimrata makes a difference October 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Joel Lourie didn’t appoint the leadership with the directives to fudge these numbers. Quit trying to change the narrative. In fairness though, the audit didn’t change what many already know, that Haley is habitual liar who will say or do anything to stay in office. Does anyone care though?

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Manray October 3, 2014 at 10:43 am

And how is Koller being an atheist, a Jew, or whatever remotely relevant? It just shows you don’t have to be a Methodist or a crypto-Sikh to be incompetent.

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Yawns October 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

Haley and her cabinet allowed of this to happen. She clearly does NOT know what in the fuck she is doing, nor does she know how to even run a Kangaroo Gas Mart. The woman is a bullshit artist.

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Manray October 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

It goes to show that in SC you can be an empty suit (or dress), gain the highest state office, perform your duties with breathtaking incompetence, and cruise toward an easy reelection. The problem is us. The voters don’t demand better, so we get what we deserve.

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Smirks October 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

B-but, she’s fighting back the dreadful power of the unions in a right-to-work state. Lord knows how hard of a job she’s got.

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Yawns October 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

The majority of citizens (that being the ones who actually follow politics), are flat our sick and tired of the bullshit, which Haley is a part of.

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read em and weep October 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

I guess that is why she leads by 12%-15%.

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SC Political Digest October 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

Why won’t Sheheen be seen in public w/ Blundering Joe Biden? That’s a REAL story. SCPSD has a piece up about it now. That little website is CLOBBERING the Big Boys AGAIN!!!…Wow…

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Smirks October 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Audit of a state agency, versus why two politicians aren’t in a photo together.

Yeah, you’re blog tackles the real tough issues, huh? Have your revenues graduated beyond cup ramen yet?

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larry October 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Yes why want Sheheen be seen with the Vice President ? be real that not the story here it about Haley dept of DSS and the audit of what,s been going on over there not some silly story about who Sheheen being seen with.

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pam October 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Joel Lourie slept for 15 years while kids were sodomized, beaten and killed. Now, his big mouth and bigger ego makes him a savior. No Joel, you did nothing till others got involved. The death of those kids are on your hands.

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Nimrata makes a difference October 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm

When Joel Laurie begins to appoint Haley’s cabinet members and then give them directives to fudge numbers to meet an agenda then you have an argument. Otherwise, Haley/Koller own the blame. Fck a re-election, they both should be wearing tan jumpsuits on Broad River for this kind of garbage.

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RHood2 October 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Interesting how The State story on “the Probe” focuses intently on Jenny Horne.
http://www.thestate.com/2014/10/03/3722874/exclusive-investigators-looking.html

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Once Again October 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

And on the Black Caucus (which might explain any interest by SLED)..

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