GOVERNOR ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT HER PREVIOUS VOTE IN SUPPORT OF A LAWMAKER’S SPOUSE
|| By FITSNEWS || Maybe next time S.C. governor Nikki Haley will just keep her mouth shut …
As FITS reported earlier this week, Haley’s decision to hypocritically wade into a judicial race had dire repercussions for the candidate she supported … or to be more precise, it spawned a flood of votes for the candidate the governor opposed.
That’s too bad, too … we believe, like Haley, that state lawmakers shouldn’t elect their spouses to judgeships (or any other appointment). In fact we said so repeatedly in the days leading up to this contentious election.
But Haley – as is so often the case – didn’t have a leg to stand on in making that argument.
In fact another example of her hypocrisy was uncovered by reporter Jamie Self of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper (although Self’s story was inexplicably held until after the vote).
According to Self’s story, in 2009 Haley – then a state lawmaker – “voted with an overwhelming majority of lawmakers to defeat an attempt to remove (Supreme Court Justice Kaye) Hearn” from a legislative ballot.
In other words, Haley voted to keep Hearn’s name on the ballot.
Questioned at a press conference this week, Haley denied voting for Hearn.
“Did I vote for Kaye Hearn? Did I vote for Kaye Hearn? I did not vote for Kaye Hearn because I remember that election very well,” Haley said.
So do others …
“She was for Hearn,” a fellow member of Haley’s county delegation told FITS. “It was no secret.”
Not only that, Hearn’s election was by acclamation – meaning it required the affirmative consent of every member of the S.C. House of Representatives.
Don’t believe us? Just ask S.C. Rep. Dan Tripp – who in 2005 was the only member of the S.C. House to vote against the nomination of Bobby Harrell as the chamber’s new Speaker.
Asked whether she protested the unanimous vote for Hearn, Haley told the reporter she was “offended that you’re asking this.”
Democrats pounced …
“When Governor Haley was in the House, she clearly voted to elect spouses of Republican legislators to judicial posts,” S.C. Rep. Todd Rutherford said. “We’ve always known Haley was a hypocrite, but she continues to prove it on an astonishingly frequent basis.”
Rutherford wasn’t done …
“It isn’t often that you see a politician blatantly lie about a previous vote when roll-call votes are public record,” he said. “I was flabbergasted when I saw Governor Haley try to rewrite history and then call it ‘offensive’ that the reporter would even bring it up. But people often act erratic when they’ve been caught in a lie. Governor Haley owes the entire General Assembly an apology for this unbelievable display of hypocrisy.”
Rutherford shouldn’t hold his breath for that apology, though.
Oh well …
“At least Haley didn’t call (the reporter) a little girl,” one administration critic told FITS, in reference to this incident. “(It’s) progress.”