The Buzz

February 5, 2014

ELECTION 2014 (update with Georgia's reaction): Nikki Haley 'furious' over brother being stuck in Atlanta storm, Dems react

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UPDATE

A spokesman for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal responded to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s comment in the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“To say South Carolina did a better job responding to the storm than Georgia is like saying Tennessee did a better job than Louisiana responding to Hurricane Katrina," Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said. "We experienced completely different weather events.”

ORIGINAL POST

Gov. Nikki Haley is not too happy with her counterpart in Georgia, Nathan Deal, in his state's handling of last week's winter storm.

The problems on the interstates around Atlanta touched close to home for South Carolina's governor, according a report in the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Haley, who was in Charleston Tuesday for a speech to members of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston, said her brother was stuck on an interstate in Atlanta for 27 hours because of the snow and ice.

“While I was trying to fix South Carolina, I was furious at Georgia for not taking care of that,” she said.

After noting how well her state handled the winter blast, she mentioned that South Carolina has learned from the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston closing for nearly two days after freezing over.

The Democrats trying unseat the first-term Republican in her re-election bid this year ran with Haley's comments.

"South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has faced withering criticism for her response to winter weather in Charleston this week. So how has she tried to divert attention from her failures?," the Democratic Governors Association said. "By attacking fellow Republican Governor Nathan Deal, whose incompetence, unpreparedness, and ineffectiveness in dealing with disaster in the Atlanta metro area endangered the people of his state and made him an infamous national figure."

Her Democratic rival Vincent Sheheen has said Haley should have visited Charleston after the bridge closing. Haley's camp said Sheheen is distorting the truth.

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