Nikki Haley Dumps Another Transportation Secretary

JANET OAKLEY OUT … || By FITSNEWS || For the second time in as many years, S.C. governor Nikki Haley has accepted the resignation of her secretary of the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT). Falling on the sword this time?  Janet Oakley, a former liberal lobbyist appointed by Haley after…


|| By FITSNEWS || For the second time in as many years, S.C. governor Nikki Haley has accepted the resignation of her secretary of the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT).

Falling on the sword this time?  Janet Oakley, a former liberal lobbyist appointed by Haley after the governor’s first choice – retired military man Robert St. Onge – was busted driving under the influence last winter.

Why was Oakley compelled to resign (you know … aside from being terrible at her job)?

You can read all about it in our exclusive story from last week predicting her ouster …

Basically, Oakley is getting the boot because legislative leaders flatly told Haley her head was a prerequisite for the “Republican” governor retaining appointment power over this position.  Which is silly because the SCDOT secretary is already subservient to a transportation commission that’s chosen by members of the S.C. General Assembly – meaning whoever gets this post (and by extension, the governor) has no real authority over the state’s network of roads and bridges.

Anyway …

Oakley had boasted that leading SCDOT would be the “capstone of her career.”

Looks more like the tombstone …

Oh well, the 63-year-old and her husband recently built a beach home on Edisto Island, S.C. – so we’re not shedding any tears over her departure.


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ROcky June 1, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Good time to be leaderless. At least we don’t have any issues with the roads.

TroubleBaby June 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm

“Good time to be leaderless.”

It worked for Italy in their time of crisis.

anonymous June 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm

When will Haley dump Susan DeVenny the failed director of First Steps?

Judicial Watch June 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm

The power freaks legislatures want total control over how SCDOT spends your money. They refuse to OBEY the citizens of SC. That must change. They must be punished and removed. It is nothing more than an organized crime racket, and everybody knows it. PUSH the Dept of Justice to take them down.

shifty henry June 1, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Shifty still calls for public stocks, and flogging..!!

TrikkiNikki June 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Now I can bring back St. Onge and start this train wreck all over again!

Topkek June 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm

That picture is pure gold.

shifty henry June 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm

DAY-UM..!! No, I really mean “DAY-YUMMY”

Speak D Truth June 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Didn’t St Onge get out of that DUI?

shifty henry June 1, 2015 at 5:02 pm

I never heard about any follow-up – sorry.

Speak D Truth June 1, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Pleaded to reckless driving.

No sex toys with donor money June 1, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Most of the pols of politically connected get out of their DUI’s.

Only the little people actually get monkey hammered by “the law”.

Unless your Robert Ford buying sex toys. lol…he was kinda right…it really was a lynching.

AmandaEJones June 2, 2015 at 1:02 am

$83 / h0ur @mk24



Speak D Truth June 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Now she needs to get rid of the Director of DPS. He and his inner circle of corrupt advisors with skeletons in their closets need to go.

Karen June 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Amen he is the worst thing to happen to that agency…..brought the same mess he left in Florida here….a reporter needs to look at all the employee lawsuits brought against him and that agency.

Speak D Truth June 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm

A high ranking staff member known for adultery. Another that failed to seek medical aid for someone he arrested that resulted in that person dying. Those are only a few that have protected status while others are persecuted for minor offenses.

They Come, and They Go June 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

How much in state retirement will Oakley get each month? Will she turn in all state property she has in her possession and control? Haley seems like a nice person with pleasant personality and a nice bleached smile. But she just makes so many bad decisions and choices. Its like musical chairs is being played at our state agencies. Onge seemed like a good pick — until his alcoholism too him down. But then, most alcoholics drink to cope. And the more they drink, the more tolerate they become to its effects, thus, they need more to get the same effect buzzing effect. I never liked being around alkies. They are nothing but trouble. When was the last time any state employee was randomly tested for drugs and alcohol????

Manray9 June 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm

It South Carolina what is the penalty for incompetence and negligence in public office? Re-election.

Greenwood Goblin June 2, 2015 at 5:12 am

When will Michele Abraham, the so-called “Director” of the Small Business Development Center be canned? SBDC and its bureaucracy is a totally worthless waste of taxpayer money.

No Hope Haley June 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

Haley’s track record, she only hires educated losers.

ELCID June 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

It would be nice if any of Haley’s appointments didn’t have to resign in disgrace. She’s batting nearly 1000 for disgraced, mostly female, no experience, donation kick back, low country snob appointments.

Haley will go down as one of the worse Governors in SC History. Sorry: that’s just the facts.

scotty June 2, 2015 at 3:38 pm

The head of the old Highway Dept. were always required to get a fuel tax increase and bring projects to the influential pols. Nothing new same old shit different diaper.

Speak D Truth June 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm

A friend of mine at SCDOT told me that they have the road money but they are pushing for the gas tax increase so they can use the money they have for pay raises and bonuses for the upper echelon.


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