SCDOT: Nikki Haley’s College Roommate Got The Gig

GOVERNOR TO APPOINT CHRISTY HALL AS SCDOT SECRETARY … S.C. governor Nikki Haley will name her former college roommate as the new secretary of the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT). Christy Hall – who was appointed on an interim basis back in July – will be nominated to the post on a full-time…


S.C. governor Nikki Haley will name her former college roommate as the new secretary of the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT).

Christy Hall – who was appointed on an interim basis back in July – will be nominated to the post on a full-time basis, sources tell FITS.  Her nomination will have to be confirmed by the South Carolina Senate.

If confirmed, Hall would become Haley’s third SCDOT secretary.   Her first, retired military man Robert St. Onge – was busted driving under the influence last February.  Her second choice, liberal national transportation lobbyist Janet Oakley was forced out back in June.

Why?  Because South Carolina lawmakers were fed up with Oakley … and were going to strip Haley of the ability to make future appointments to this position unless she was canned.

Legislators like Hall, though …

“She has done an outstanding job during this disaster,” one GOP lawmaker told FITS, referring to “Floodmaggedon” – the record rainfall and flooding that rocked the state earlier this month.

“The Department of Transportation is in clear in need of reform,” the lawmaker added.  “However I am impressed with their response to this flood.”

Really?  Because our view is this disaster was far worse than it should have been due to SCDOT’s gross mismanagement and lack of prioritization in the years leading up to the storm.

Anyway, assuming she’s confirmed Hall will still have limited authority.  The real power at SCDOT lies in its corrupt commission – which has been blowing money on non-essential projects with zero accountability for decades.

A new secretary isn’t going to change that … especially when Haley herself has been a cheerleader for the most wasteful of these projects.

Oh, and speaking of nothing changing, there’s no coincidence in the timing of Haley’s choice.  The governor has decided to nominate Hall just days after signaling her support for a “no-strings” gas tax hike.

How much you want to bet she ran all of that up the flagpole?

Let the betting start at $1.5 billion …

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: South Carolina has the money to cover its infrastructure costs.  And even if it didn’t, it has assets it can sell to raise the money.  And beyond that, let’s not forget it’s increased funding to SCDOT by more than 80 percent over the last four years alone.


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tweetsie October 21, 2015 at 11:55 am

Yeah, Susan DeVenny, disgraced director of First Steps got that job because of college connections to Mark Sanford. DOT and First Steps need strong leadership to fix deep damages.

bob October 21, 2015 at 3:11 pm

susan is history-take out the trash

Nölff October 21, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Nepotism… who needs qualifications if you’re in the Nikki network?

Squishy123 October 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

You must be new to South Carolina… it’s not just Haley, it’s how the entire political system works.

Krazy Kat October 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm

And works well!! We are still ahead of Mississippi in most metrics.

Squishy123 October 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

In Mississippi the politicians all have the same last name.

Nölff October 22, 2015 at 8:08 am

It’s sarcasm. I’ve been here all my life.

Mick October 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm

No gas tax! It is an election year!
Vote the tax and spend crowd out!

CorruptionInColumbia October 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

“Oh no, you must be kidding. We need to let them take even more of our money, under threat of force, so that we can hope that they “might” spend enough of it appropriately that some of our roads get fixed.”

… or at least that seems to be what a lot of regulars on here believe, based on their posts.

Bible Thumper October 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Advice to Christy Hall: Don’t worry about three chainsaws being stolen, a botched driveway apron or the occasional moonlighter. There are a lot bigger things to concern you.

9" October 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm

She looks like a lumberjack

Punitive October 21, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Lumberjack’s aren’t as broad.

you know me October 21, 2015 at 3:56 pm

I’m guessing she doesn’t have a boyfriend.

CorruptionInColumbia October 21, 2015 at 7:16 pm

I guess there might be something to the rumors that Nikki munches carpet, then.

CorruptionInColumbia October 21, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Please foregive me. I just couldn’t help but post this one.

William Wallace October 21, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Hush Money. The tales she could tell!

ted October 21, 2015 at 3:37 pm

What are you implying?

Fudge Packer Haley October 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Trikki selected a woman who was not a bleach blonde named Catherine!!! How the hell can she survive if the old fart legislators are not licking her high gloss heels? She nominee must have been really close to Trikki and maybe even has some shit on the fat ass whore.

Lone Ranger October 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Ummmm…Kemosabe…tell Tonto again—which two Southern states
kicked payday lending OUT for gouging consumers?

Well now, Tonto—it was Georgia and North Carolina don’tcha
know—got tired of the leeches ripping taxpayers in the bloomers

And tell Tonto again—which State “Legislature” jumped like
pigs on payday lobbyist money and said to payday—y’all come?

Well now Tonto—that’d be the best Legislature money can and
DOES buy—South Carolina’s very own “legislating” scum

And tell Tonto again—when SC’s “Legislature” decided to “reform”
payday lending did they quit breaking taxpayers’ bones?

Well…NO Tonto they actually did NOT don’tcha know—they simply
removed any interest limits and doubled the size of loans

So now this SC “Legislature” says they’re in governMENT and
here to “help” us all by dictating to Haley the SC DOT head?

Why yes, Tonto—they ARE don’tcha know—they expect us to
believe new life will be instilled in SC DOT by the morally walking dead

And then is this the same ah “Legislature” that gave SC
voters NO vote on removing the flag—joined by I-Lie Joe Wilson et. al. ?

Why yes, Tonto—it indeed IS don’tcha know—so grab that
tomahawk and next year we’re going to give a “haircut” to them…ALL !!!

Louie Bouy October 21, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Nikki said Christy sure can’t make the DOT any worse…And she has the muscle to sling asphalt with the guys if needed.But for now she will most likely be focusing her efforts on improving every DOT employee’s “leaning on a shovel” skills.

Wilhelm von Winkelstein October 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm


ELCID October 22, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Do any of Haley’s Nepotism appointments have to be approved by anyone or even advertised for proper applicants like every other State Job has to be published???


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