Skip to comments.South Carolina Paper Whacks Gov. Nikki Haley Over 14-Year-Old Daughter's Gift-Shop Job
Posted on 07/28/2012 11:48:19 AM PDT by Kaslin
South Carolinas largest newspaper has a new anti-Republican scoop: Gov. Nikki Haleys 14-year-old daughter is working in the State House gift shop, raising questions about nepotism that the governors office declines to answer. The daughter, Rena Haley, is working about 20 hours a week at $8 an hour.
The newspaper called The State (based in Columbia, the state capital) is holding an online poll asking "Is it proper or improper for a governor's child to have a state job?" Three-fourths of respondents said "improper." The paper marched over to the Democrats so they could denounce Haleys lack of ethics:
The issue is not Haleys daughter but the Republican governors judgment, said Dick Harpootlian, chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party.
You dont use your position to get your daughter a job. Its not about the daughter. Its about lack of judgment by the governor, Harpootlian said. The appearance of impropriety doesnt seem to bother the governor.
In South Carolina, with the nations fourth-highest unemployment rate and a governor who boasts of cutting state spending, the hiring of Haleys daughter also raises questions of unfair favoritism.
Even these minimum-wage jobs in this economy can be pretty tough to find, said Meredith McGehee, policy director for the Washington, D.C.,-based Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan think tank on government issues, including ethics. While this is probably a small-potatoes case, it creates the appearance of a conflict of interest and strikes me as a politically tone-deaf decision.
Meredith McGehee spent 15 years at the liberal lobby Common Cause (and before that four years with liberal Congressman Lane Evans), so don't rely too heavily on the "nonpartisan" label. As for Harpootlian, his lack of judgment is shown by his description of proposed voter-ID requirements as "electoral genocide."
Gov. Haley responded to questions with anger: “Y’all are not allowed to talk about my children.” But the newspaper persisted. “The State newspaper ... should be ashamed for printing details of a 14 year old’s life and whereabouts, against the wishes of her parents,” Haley’s spokesman, Rob Godfrey, said in a statement to the newspaper July 17. “We have nothing more to say.” They did later put out the daughter’s hours and wages to a different newspaper, the Charleston Post and Courier.
The State executive editor Mark Lett told readers that “It is not our practice to cover the children of sitting governors.” That’s no longer true. “In this instance, the essential issue is whether it is appropriate for the daughter of the governor to be placed on the state payroll. The child was put in that position by adults in state government and in the Haley family. We have made no attempt to interview the daughter but have asked those adults for comment.”
Lett might also have said "This is only our practice when the Governor is a Republican with a shot at being a vice-presidential contender and it would get us noticed by our liberal colleagues in the national media."
I’m still waiting on the in-depth articles about the children of Democrats.
Eight Bucks a Hour? GASP!
Obviously this is the first time in the history of the world that a politician helped a relative get a job.
I’m sure that we will soon hear cries of child-labor exploitation from the Unions.
It’s still a mole hill..
Hows the reporting on Fast and Furious going???
Shesssh the gall of some people. She used her power (allegedly..) to get her kid a 8 dollar an hour job? I’d have thought she’d have more pull than that.
I am absolutely certain that no Democrat politician has ever allowed one of their children, or any other close relative, to be employed by the state government of which they were in charge.
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I remember my Father telling me that no one had ever helped him get a job.
Mother then reminded him that his Father had gotten him a job with the State Road Department when they were first married. This was during the depression so any job was a big deal.
14 y/o’s can work on a payroll in S Carolina?
Yeah shame on her for teaching her daughter responsibility by having the kid work. What was she thinking? She should have had the kid get pregnant and sent he to Planned Parenthood instead!
Bunch of whiney liberal assipes......................
At the risk of appearing less than properly multi-culturally aware, where did the name “Harpootlian” originate?
If El Estado is complaining about it, there isn’t usually isn’t much to whatever it is. It is a horrible paper. The only one worse in SC that I have run into is the Rock Hill Herald.
Im still waiting on the in-depth articles about the children of Democrats.
They get no show unions jobs..............
I don’t know but I wish he and all of his ilk would go back there.
Obviously, a $300,000 job as a hospital administrator would be more appropriate.
Perhaps she could get a job of delivering orders at the State House for Chick-fil-A.
Nikki Haley is my kind of Governor!
If the only thing the opposition can find to slap her around with is this then she must be doing a fantastic job running the State!!!
The door is now open. All dems and reps who have family members working in state jobs should be exposed.
Sure, it might ‘look’ a bit untoward, but in all honesty, because of security requirements, where else is the kid going to work if they want to? They pretty much would have to do something like that or the state would be paying a hell of a lot more for security off site.
Nobody has enough fingers and toes to count the number of Liberal politician’s relatives on the public payroll. The difference is they are not making $8 an hour, but 6 figure yearly salaries. In places like Massachusetts, they could number in the hundreds. The reporter should take a look at the Massachusetts Probation Department, or the Judicial system, or the Mass Pike.
well the girl wouldn’t be making $8 an hour if the dems had not pushed raising minimum wage.
No, the dems want the Governor’s daughter to set a good example by sitting around and waiting for a handout instead of building a work ethic.
If this were a Democrat governor we’d get stories about how hard working the children are. That despite despite their mom being a powerful person, the daughter works for $8 per hour. What values they are instilling... Etc.
The media is corrupt!
Do the Democrats really want to go there? Claiming nepotism over an $8hr gift shop job of 20hours a week? Actually, I guess I can see their point. Most Democrat and union nepotism type jobs just put the person on the payroll with no work involved at all.
How dare this girl actually labor for her $160 a week!
That said, it was stupid for Gov. Haley to let this happen. It's not exactly "Tea Party" values, is it? It's not even smart politics.
Doesn't matter how much the Dems practice it or voters do by electing sons and daughters of politicians.
I have no idea what she's doing at a gift shop retail job at 14, but that's SC for you. Her daughter should learn how difficult it is to get a job in this economy, you know LIKE THE REST OF US.
Yet, the federal government giving condoms to 11 year olds is not even newsworthy
Sasha and Malia are listed as “staff” when they fly around the world
Sorry, governor, but if you want to teach your daughter a work ethic, let her find work IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
There's a struggling adult or unconnected teenager trying to start life who could use that state job.
$160,, before taxes
Now some will defend nepotism, why not just stay true to what is right.
yeah, get her a job at a hedge fund, or better yet, NBC.
I grew up just outside of Rock Hill and even as a kid in the 70s, I thought it was terrible and it hasn’t gotten any better with age.
No matter where the child got a job there would be complaints she only got it because her mother is the Governor.
Should my 14 year old have not taken a job this or last summer just because I know the owner? Or any other job she has had, that she got only because she was my daughter?
But it would be okay if she had a made up job at a hospital making six figures, like Michelle Obama had? That wasn’t even important enough to fill after she left?
The Rock Hill paper has a circulation of around 30,000 and it’s own website! :)
how petty!! - kids get these little summer jobs - all of my children had summer jobs; one of them in the plant in which I was a department manager (not my department). It gives them some work experience and provides the employer extra help during vacation season.
My guess is the girl liked the place and applied for a job there. The fact that she is the Governor’s Daughter probably helped her get it but maybe not.
It should be a tenth of that but there are probably a ton of seasoned citizen die hards that probably keep it alive.
Meanwhile Graham Spanier who facilitated child rape while President of Penn State has a top secret National Security job with the Obama administration.
Actually, they provided no information whatsoever to suggest that anybody helped her get the job.
For all we know, no kids could be bothered to sign up for an $8 job that involved hard work in a place not frequented by your peeps. Maybe the job went unfilled for weeks, and when she applied, she was the only applicant, and they were happy to get her.
In Virginia, Kings Dominion has a halloween haunt every year. Pay is $8, it’s weekend work, hard work, about 20-30 hours a week. Over the course of 2 months, anybody who is willing can make about $1000.
So far as I can tell, they don’t turn people away. There just aren’t that many people willing to work hard for $8. I got the job no problem, my daughter got the job no problem, and with any luck, my son will get the job this year with no problem.
Did you apply for a 20-hour-a-week gift shop job that pays $8 an hour, and get turned down?
If you live in Virginia, and want a part-time $8-an-hour job, apply for a job at Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion; if you are closer to Busch Gardens, they probably are also hiring.
IT’s hard work, but a lot of fun.
You could also probably find a McDonalds pretty much in any city that would pay you $8. And Walmart is often hiring.
So far as I can tell, hard-working people should be able to get an $8 an hour job in this economy.
I tossed papers at 13, and Scooped ice Cream for 31 Flavors at 16...the horror of a 14 year old working!. Fact is not many kids these days work at all before age 18, at least in Kalifornia, it’s all handed to them on Silver Plate. If they go to College make that 22 years before they look for their first job.
Fact is Haleys kid probably had little competition for the job, the Welfare crowd wouldn’t be embarrassed by an $8 an hour job.
I always mute that idiot whenever he is on one of the Fox News Programs
What state job? She’s selling gift items in a gift shop. Big deal. that idiot Harpootlian and that rag paper are making way to much out of the whole thing