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Posted on 07/09/2012 5:27:11 AM PDT by Former Fetus
South Carolina politics never fails to amuse and bemuse.
A recent ethics imbroglio between Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and GOP activist John Rainey is a case in point.
The squabble would be of passing provincial interest if Haley werent a rising star often mentioned on lists of potential vice-presidential candidates.
And had she not called Rainey, a nationally recognized philanthropist and community bridge-builder, a racist, sexist bigot.
Such charges deserve clarification and context.
Haley made the remarks during a state House Ethics Committee hearing prompted by a complaint that Rainey filed, alleging that Haley had lobbied illegally while she was a legislator. She has been cleared of any wrongdoing, and theres no need to re-litigate here, though Rainey promises that the issue is not dead.
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I sympathize and agree with gov. Haley. I was born in Spain and, 32 years after coming to the US, still have a very strong accent. I'll never forget the day, shortly after 9/11 when I went to the drugstore to pick up a prescription. The pharmacist, who had known me for about 15 years, looked at me really funny and asked me "again, where do you say that you come from?" He hesitated before filling my prescription. I can tell you, it hurts. When people judge you because of your accent, like in my case, or looks, like in gov. Haley's case, there is no other way to put it. It hurts.
I also happen to agree with gov. Haley's statement that Mr. Rainey is racist, sexist bigot. Well, at least with the racist part. Ms. Parker gives us a list of Mr. Rainey's accomplishments to prove that he is not a racist. Let's see. He protested the Confederate flag on top of the Statehouse, helped raise funds for an African-American History Monument, sponsored a bust of a 54th Massachusetts Infantry soldier, has commissioned a statue honoring Larry Doby, the first African American to play in the American League...Yes, it seems to me like Mr. Rainey IS a racist bigot who has made a point of pandering to the black community.
I hope gov. Haley is asked to run as v.p. candidate, but South Carolina would sure miss her!
She presented her vetoes from the state budget last week with a list of items on a stand she labeled “pork”
I am really tired of the “victim card”.
A Governor should be above that.