As the Nov. 4 election approaches, Gov. Nikki Haley’s challengers say her unwillingness to accept blame for the troubles at Social Services – a Cabinet agency that answers directly to her – is proof of her failure to lead.
Instead of leading, Haley has “ignored or covered up (Social Services’) problems,” says her Democratic opponent Vincent Sheheen.
Sheheen, who lost to Haley by 4.5 percentage points in 2010, blames Haley for other mishaps in state government, too, including waiting to tell the public that hackers had stolen taxpayer information from the Department of Revenue. (Haley says state and federal investigators asked her to wait.)
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But polls show those agency woes have not stuck to Haley in voters’ minds. In a recent Winthrop Poll, Haley held a 10-point lead over Sheheen.
Haley, who claims the state’s economic rebound as her biggest success, says her critics are wrong in pronouncing her leadership of Social Services as a failure.
“A lot of fingers ... can be pointed” at legislators, too, for problems at Social Services, including ignoring years of warnings about caseloads, said Haley, a former state representative. “(T)he focus of my opponents is to bash what we’ve done, but this is three-and-a-half years of work.”
On the air
Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham released a statewide television, radio and digital campaign touting his support for the military, deepening the port in Charleston, building the Keystone-XL pipeline and "fighting to keep radical Islam off our shores."
On the trail
• S.C. lieutenant governor debate between Republican Henry McMaster and Democrat state Rep. Bakari Sellers at 7 p.m. on ETV. The debate also will be livestreamed onthestate.com.
Off to the races
Governor: Sheheen apologizes for campaign gaffe
Governor: Finger pointing, gaffes in election's final days
Governor: Petition candidate Tom Ervin: Gov. Nikki Haley ‘tone deaf' on domestic violence
Lieutenant governor: Last race for South Carolina's No. 2 spot enters last week
U.S. Senate: Foes Lindsey Graham and Brad Hutto differ over foreign policy in first debate
U.S. Senate: Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham looking like safe bets
U.S. Senate: Thomas Ravenel breaks up with mother of his child
Secretary of State: Ginny Deerin may be Democrat to watch on Nov. 4
S.C. House: Richland House seat rematch an ethics battle
School board: In Richland 2, ‘new reality’ of African-American influence overlays school board race
View from Washington: In South Carolina, entire congressional delegation is floating toward Nov. 4 free and easy
U.S. House: Democratic leader Jim Clyburn predicts turnout key to N.J. congressional victory
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