Leadership matters: Why Nikki Haley is wrong for South Carolina

The Blogland hasn’t shied away from speaking out on the issues of concern in South Carolina, nor have we hesitated to cry foul when we disagree with something. State Representative Nikki Haley is someone the Blogland has stuck up for, but as we discussed in the last posting, just because we think someone’s right one day doesn’t mean we won’t disagree with them the next.

In this case, we couldn’t disagree more with Haley’s contention that she is the best-qualified to be our state’s next Governor. Much of what we’ve seen suggests that she is far from qualified or ready to take the helm of state, especially one divided and demoralized by the lack of leadership from outgoing Governor Mark Sanford.

We’ve discussed her total disregard for her legislative responsibilities, as shown by her missing every meeting of her committee and subcommittee this year, and most of those held over the last two years. We’ve also discussed her poor record of legislative action. For someone who claims to want to run state government like a business, she acts more like the slacker whose attendance record would get them fired in their first month on the job than the kind of leader who can heal the state’s bitterly-divided political culture, as well as help lead the state out of a recession.

In light of such poor attendance, it’s a little hard to believe that she missed the vote on her own transparency bill because the vote was moved up without prior notice. Nor is it a surprise that she was one of the handful of legislators who refused to call for Sanford’s resignation following revelations about his gross dereliction of duty.

We’re concerned about Haley’s view of the world, as evidenced by her continual cries that everyone is out to get her, pointing fingers at the shadowy “Columbia Establishment” which she alleges is responsible for her every failure and is always out to punish her. Perhaps this works on those who have just begun to get to know her, but after hearing this for a couple of years, and seeing her lack of engagement on a wide range of issues, this comes across as petty, shallow and misleading.

Her preferred "me against the 'Establishment' narrative' doesn't explain why, if her ideas were so unwanted at the State House, her transparency bill was passed in a unanimous vote by the House.

We’ve seen real reformers accomplish things in Columbia over the years. They seldom complained, seldom pointed fingers, and accomplished some truly great things. Compared to them, Haley’s no reformer. Given her lack of accomplishments, indifference about her legislative responsibilities, and her refusal to act like a leader, we don’t see how what a Haley governorship would accomplish, and hope the voters won’t give her a chance to fail as miserably in the Governor’s office as she has as a legislator.

We may have sacrificed a friendship with Haley to take this stand, but speaking out in the best interests of this state is a higher calling. Haley’s opponent, Gresham Barrett, isn’t perfect, but he’s far better prepared to be a principled conservative and an effective Governor, which is why he, not Haley, has our support in Tuesday’s GOP run-off election.

1 Response to "Leadership matters: Why Nikki Haley is wrong for South Carolina"

  1. mg 19/6/10 15:31
    She does not have my support.

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