Haley refuses to answer reporter's question at ethics briefing (+survey)

August 22, 2012 

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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks in Charleston, S.C. Civil rights leaders in South Carolina are taking a new tactic to fight the governor's support of law requiring voters to show identification at the poll. "Your governor, a woman of color, could not vote before a¬¨¬¢,aa°(R),-¬¨¬¢65,a¬¨¬¢,aa°(R)¬¨¬®aa Rev. Jesse Jackson recently said to a crowd at a historically black college, referencing the 1965 Civil Rights Act. "She got the right to vote with the rest of us." (AP Photo/Alice Keeney, File)

ALICE KEENEY — AP

Haley: ‘I’m not going to answer ... your questions’

State reporter Gina Smith asked Gov. Nikki Haley during her Charleston press conference Wednesday if Haley’s ethics proposals were part of an anticipated reform package by lawmakers and the state Ethics Commission.

“Gina, I am not going to answer any of your questions,” Haley responded, moving on to take other reporters’ questions.

Asked why Haley would not answer Smith’s question, Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey responded: “The governor believes respect should be a two-way street.”

It is not the first time Haley has clashed with reporters.

In July, Haley took to her Facebook page to denounce The State for asking questions about a job that Haley’s daughter landed with a state agency that reports to the governor.

In 2011, Haley referred to a reporter for The (Charleston) Post and Courier as a “little girl” during a radio interview. The comment was in response to an article on the cost of an overseas trip taken by Haley and other state officials.

Nikki Haley posted this comment on her Facebook page late Wednesday night

In response to my refusal to answer Gina Smith's question today: she is the same reporter that 1)wrote a Front Page, Above the Fold story about me being indicted, with no truth what so ever. 2)She went on to write a story about my 14 year old daughter without having the facts, against the urging of SLED Chief Keel that said it was unprecedented to write about a governor's child knowing the safety concerns. Respect is a two way street.

Read an editorial by The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News saying Haley should “grow up.”

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