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The Buzz: Critics pan SC Gov. Haley’s wardrobe

ashain@thestate.comNovember 17, 2013 

Hope Derrick

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— The good news, Nikki Haley, is that Politico posted a story considering you material for the White House in 2016. The bad news is that same story took a serious swipe at your wardrobe.

“Project Runway” co-host Tim Gunn and his writing collaborator Ada Calhoun reviewed the message sent by politicians’ fashion choices – and called the vibes sent by the Republican guv’s style a bit uneven.

“You never know what you’re going to get with Haley,” the pair wrote. “One day the Republican South Carolina governor is doing navy off-the-shoulder ruffled taffeta, another she’s in a nubby faux-Chanel suit, then a shiny royal blue ’50s-esque jacket, then a pink two-piece suit-dress that looks like it was made out of curtains.

“Unpredictable and erratic – is that the description of someone we want to have the nuclear codes?”


Did they know Haley’s family once operated a clothing store?

The critics delivered their thoughts on the messages sent by the clothing of other 2016 wannabes – Democrat Hillary Clinton (“Glamorous Hillary is back”), Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (“She could take a break from the blazers”) and Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (“Does an overall good job of projecting a polished front-office image”).

The fellas were not spared, including Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (“Suits are often ill-fitting and wrinkled, making him seem disheveled and distracted”) and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was told he should “avoid fabrics babies wear to sleep.”

Clyburn’s communications chief jumps to USC

Hope Derrick, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn’s communications director for 19 years, is leaving the Columbia Democrat’s office for a job at the University of South Carolina next month.

Derrick will become the school’s associate director for strategic communications, working with president Harris Pastides to help raise the national profile of the state’s flagship university.

Derrick worked as a reporter with WVOC-AM, S.C. Radio Network and WLTX-TV, and handled communications for the S.C. Democratic Party before joining Clyburn.

“I had a front seat to a lot of history in the making,” Derrick said of working with the congressman since his second term.

She said the job at USC interested her because the school and Pastides have the same passion to improve the quality of life of South Carolinians as Clyburn. “It’s a new challenge,” she said.

Derrick will work under Wes Hickman, USC’s interim vice president for communications. She starts Dec. 2.

(For those of you keeping score, Hickman formerly was a staffer for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Seneca Republican.)

Can’t best him, hire him

New Clemson University president Jim Clements has a bit of history to put behind him.

As president of West Virginia University, Clements’ Mountaineers pummeled the Tigers 70-33 in the 2012 Orange Bowl. (Wait a moment Gamecock fans before saying, “West Virginia just scored again.”)

Clements said he met with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney just before his new Upstate job was announced Monday and reported all is well.

“He is 20-3 since the Orange Bowl,” Clements said of Swinney Monday, before Clemson won another Thursday, destroying Georgia Tech. “I have liked Clemson football for two decades. Hopefully, they will take me in with open arms.”

Clements, who took West Virginia to the Big 12 conference from the Big East during his tenure in Morgantown, said he has no plans on moving Clemson out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, where the school is a founding member.

“The ACC is very strong,” he said. “The ACC is a great conference. I love the ACC.”

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