THE BUZZ

Don’t buy the hype, Nikki Haley is running for re-election

abeam@t hestate.comJune 29, 2013 

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signs a bill into law on Monday that would increase spending on road repairs by close to $1 billion over the next 10 years. Behind Haley, from left, is Mike Brennan, chairman of the S.C. Chamberof Commerce; Clifton Parker, Haley's appointee to the Transportation Commission, Louis Gossett, president of the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance, Otis Rawl, CEO of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce; and Robert St. Onge, secretary of the state Department of Transportation

ABEAM@THESTATE.COM — Adam Beam

You heard it here first: Gov. Nikki Haley will run for re-election.

Last week the national media was twittering with speculation that Haley might bow out of the 2014 contest. Don’t fall for it.

How do we know this? The most important part of any political campaign is to get your candidate’s name/face/message to as many people as possible as often as possible. There are two ways of doing this:

1. Pay for it

2. Make news

That’s why, when asked, Haley told the Florence Morning News this week that she could “absolutely see” not running for re-election because of concerns for her family. Did it make news? To the Google search results:

• “Nikki Haley still undecided on re-election bid in 2014” (Huffington Post)

• S.C.’s Nikki Haley suggests she might not seek re-election (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

• Haley says she might not run for re-election (Washington Post)

• S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley may not seek re-election (TPM)

Mission accomplished.

Haley has not announced her re-election plans. But she has a campaign office. She has campaign staff. She has grass-roots and finance committees. And she is raising money.

You be the judge.

Disclosing interests

Now let’s talk a little more about that Haley profile in Florence Morning News last Sunday.

Reporter John Sweeney, the self-proclaimed “bloodhound of justice,” starts by declaring “Nikki Haley may be the most historically significant governor in South Carolina’s – and ultimately the nation’s – history.”

Later the ’hound writes, “Though she was on her feet for the better part of that morning, Haley still managed to keep a smile on her face. It fits the mold of a governor who made a splash – and received her fair share of grief – after requiring state employees answer the phones ‘It’s a great day in South Carolina.’”

You get the drift. Oh, and the story includes one source: the guv.

The Buzz thinks that story is interesting considering this was Sweeney’s last article before taking a job with U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, a Republican who won the 7th Congressional District election with the help of a high-profile endorsement from Haley. (The endorsement was not mentioned in the story either.)

Rice’s office announced Sweeney’s hire two weeks ago, and Sweeney continued to work after giving his two-week notice.

Common practice in the newspaper biz is when a reporter leaves for a job, he or she avoids writing anything that has the appearance of conflict.

We asked Sweeney’s boss for an explanation but didn’t hear back.

Roll call

What do state Sen. Hugh Leatherman and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran have in common?

They have trouble with roll-call votes.

The state Senate was busy sustaining, reconsidering and overturning most of Gov. Nikki Haley’s budget vetoes Thursday – the same day that U.S. senators were holding a historic vote on an immigration reform bill.

In Washington, Moran – a Kansas Republican who is also chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee – accidentally voted in favor of the immigration proposal. He quickly changed his vote to “no.”

In Columbia, Leatherman – a Florence Republican who is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee – urged senators to override Haley’s veto of $50 million in one-time money because he said it would throw the budget out of balance. Leatherman voted to override, but then changed his vote to “no” because he thought the vote would fail and he wanted to be able to call for the Senate to reconsider the vote later.

But just as Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell was about to gavel the vote closed, Leatherman realized the veto was going to survive by one vote – his. He quickly changed his vote again, giving the votes necessary to override the veto.

Whew.

Quote of the week

“He was concealing Howard’s Rock in his shoe,” – an anonymous commenter on a thestate.com story about the defense strategy for state Rep. Ted Vick, whose attorney said his client braced himself on a wall to remove a stone from his shoe just before his DUI arrest in the State House garage last month.

Reach Beam at (803) 386-7038.

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