South Carolina has an unemployment rate of 8.9 percent, ranking 9th highest of the 50 states and DC, but … Gov. Nikki Haley is on a self-promoting and self-profiting book tour.
The state has the third-worst graduation rate in the country (58.6 percent), but … Haley is appearing on talk shows instead of in her governor’s office.
And despite her dismal (and consistently declining) approval rating from voters (only 37.3 percent), the governor is only focusing on glamour shots and sound-bite promos.
When is she going to leave the stage and return to the state capitol? That’s a good question, says the South Carolina Democratic Party.
The SCDP chair has an answer or three to that question, too, and the party even produced a video that calls Haley out on her self-oriented scheduling. (See video in upper-left column.)
“Nikki Haley has spent the last month with her publicist, shuffling from talk show to photo shoot while the folks in South Carolina have spent their time trying to earn enough money to put the groceries on the table,” says Dick Harpootlian.
“The only thing Nikki has worked hard at is becoming a pol-ebrity: a politician-celebrity. First it’s Rod Blagojevich, then Sarah Palin. Now Nikki Haley wants her 15 minutes.”
Haley’s official schedule for the month has consisted dominantly of media appearances and special-event speaking.
Meanwhile, the state has undergone much debate and political skirmishes over vital issues, such as port improvement funding, state health insurance, and state government restructuring.
“Instead of peddling books, Nikki Haley should be doing the job she was elected to do,” Harpootlian says.
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