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“Godfather Of Pork Terminal” A Rebuke Of Nikki Haley

THERE’S NO “TRIKKI NIKKI” TERMINAL COMING ANYTIME SOON … UNLESS IT’S IN GEORGIA This week’s unanimous (and ill-conceived) decision by the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA) board to name a proposed container terminal after powerful S.C. Senator Hugh Leatherman – a guy it needs to help secure funding for the facility –…

THERE’S NO “TRIKKI NIKKI” TERMINAL COMING ANYTIME SOON … UNLESS IT’S IN GEORGIA

This week’s unanimous (and ill-conceived) decision by the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA) board to name a proposed container terminal after powerful S.C. Senator Hugh Leatherman – a guy it needs to help secure funding for the facility – had a dual purpose, sources familiar with the decision tell FITS.

It wasn’t just a glorified bribe of the most powerful politician in the state, they say … it was also intended as a rebuke of governor Nikki Haley, whose “Savannah River Sellout” four years ago significantly eroded the Port of Charleston’s competitive position.

“They were sending the governor a message,” the source told us.

And multiple sources close to Haley say the message was not lost on her.  At all.

Haley’s top appointee to the SCSPA board – former lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Pat McKinney – will take over the leadership of the board in January 2016.  His upcoming ascension to the chairman’s position reportedly factored into the timing of the decision – which left Haley’s appointees in a box.

“They had no choice but to support it,” one source close to the vote told us.  “Nobody’s crossing the Godfather.”

Not while he’s alive anyway …

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10 comments

southmauldin October 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm

SC citizens sure do love to keep reelecting scumbags like Leatherman and Sanford. Hell, they kept Thurmond in there 20 years past his prime.

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Stage Door October 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Eckstrom too!

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Superfly October 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Fits, one of your projects, Catherine Templeton, must be involved/orchestrating this effort. She’s their top lobbyist now, correct?

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jimlewisowb October 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Wonder how much pleasure Templeton gets in tribbing her old boss

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shifty henry October 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm

“Not while he’s alive anyway …” — an ominous and foreboding statement……

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bamburger October 22, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Nikki’s looking more and more like her mama everyday. Whew.

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ThreePalms October 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm

The SC State Port Authority would be foolish to name anything of significance to recognize Nikki Haley after her shameless sellout of the Authority and citizens of South Carolina. I hope that FITS is correct when he states that the message was not lost on Haley. I propose that the dredging spoil site in Jasper County be renamed The Governor Nikki Haley Dump.

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Carol October 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Oh Haley is throwing shit in the mansion right now……Michael Haley call your girlfriend tell her its gonna be a overnighter at the swing party.

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SC Dumbass Gov Employees October 22, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Too Funny — Imagine all the ‘extra’ big truck traffic (aside from added rail systems) as a result of this new terminal being crammed on a mere 3 lanes of bumper to bumper I-26 traffic in the Charleston area.

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