GOVERNOR “TRICKED” ONLY BLACK CABINET MEMBER INTO RESIGNING
By FITSNEWS || For those of you who buy what you read in the mainstream media, S.C. Department of Probation Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) director Kela Thomas “resigned” her post last week. And she did it right around the time this website was speculating whether her head would be the next to roll from governor Nikki Haley‘s scandal-scarred, results-challenged cabinet.
Did Thomas really resign, though? Or was she fired?
According to sources close to the former director, Thomas was duped into submitting a letter of resignation to Haley.
“They tricked her,” one source close to Thomas tells FITS. “They told her everyone had to resign and then be reappointed.”
When Thomas submitted the letter – which she thought was a mere formality – Haley’s office informed her the governor had accepted her resignation. Not only that, Thomas was refused entry at her old office – and told that her things (including a framed picture of her and BFF Barack Obama) would be sent.
So … what prompted this “resignation?”
“She is out because she would not cook the books,” the source said, referring to the proposed consolidation of SCDPPPS with the S.C. Department of Corrections. “She would not sign the paperwork they had showing the bogus numbers on combining (these agencies).”
Really? That’s very curious considering this website first exposed Thomas’ open defiance of Haley on this issue more than two years ago.
Although book-cooking is very common within Haley’s administration …
Either way, though, why would Haley wait until now to can Thomas? Especially after a damning audit of SCDPPPS in June of 2013 gave her the perfect excuse to get rid of her?
It just doesn’t add up …
FITS will continue to dig into Thomas’ dismissal – especially new allegations of racial discrimination that may have played a role in her ouster.
In the meantime, sources tell FITS the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus – notably State Rep. Mia McLeod – is furious over the decision to fire Thomas, the fifth Haley agency head to get the boot.
Previously, Haley has been forced to accept the resignations of Lillian Koller at the S.C. Department of Social Services, Abraham Turner at the S.C. Department of Workforce, Jim Etter at the S.C. Department of Revenue and Robert St. Onge of the S.C. Department of Transportation.
All went down under duress … and several of them went down due to scandals originating on this website.