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January 14, 2014

POLITICS: Nikki Haley on Bobby Harrell -- 'We'll watch this play out'

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley took a pass Tuesday on commenting about the House Speaker Bobby Harrell's ethics case going to a grand jury.

"I've never been involved in those (kinds of) situations," she said after speaking to the S.C. Business & Industry Political Education Committee. "We'll watch this play out as we have done in the past."

Haley had to defend herself in 2012 on accusations that she used her office for personal gain while she was a state representative from Lexington. She was cleared after a two-day hearing before the state House ethics committee.

The first-term Republican governor has not always gotten along with Harrell, a Charleston Republican.

When she was a state representative, Harrell bumped Haley off the more coveted House labor committee to the education committee. She said it was because she supported roll-call voting in the legislature, an allegation he denied.

She also accused Harrell of meddling in her ethics case in 2012.

Haley declined Tuesday to say if House members should replace Harrell as speaker.

"I don't get involved in legislative politics," she said.

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