Gov. Nikki Haley will speak at the Columbia Tea Party's annual tax day State House rally to be held April 18.
Haley's appearance at a Tea party rally last spring aided her successful gubernatorial campaign.
A third-party political group, ReformSC, used footage of Haley speaking at that rally in a commercial during last year's Republican gubernatorial primary. The ad ran statewide and was the first step in Haley's move from last in the four-way primary to winning the nomination.
Also speaking at the April 18 rally will be state Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, Treasurer Curtis Loftis and advocates for the FairTax, which would replace state or federal income tax with a flat sales tax.
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Rally organizers said the event will focus on the national deficit, but will also address the state budget, banning lawmakers from having both campaign and political action committee accounts, and ending public funding of lobbyists and advertising.
The rally will be Monday, April 18 -- the same day that the federal government moved the due date for this year's income taxes -- from noon to 2 p.m. at the State House.