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Rep. Nikki Haley: The Real Deal

web posted December 18, 2009
EDITORIAL – A recent poll issued by the much respected Rasmussen Reports on Thursday gave a run down of those who poll best in the race for South Carolina Governor. Though those named in the polls may have more national prominence, we have to ask where Nikki Haley was mentioned. Though most of the scenarios offered showed a Republican on top of the elections with numbers in the high 30 percentiles, those seeking “others” candidates and “unsure” comprised an equal number in many cases. Could those be the Haley Hopefuls?

Nikki Haley is a vibrant conservative voice in South Carolina who has taken on the “politics as usual” in Columbia and won, despite losing key appointments to committees as a result. She can now boast most votes of elected officials being on the record as a direct result of her tenacity. 

She hasn’t stopped there. This week she pre-filed three pieces of legislation setting out term limits for both the SC House and Senate as well as combined terms in both, taxpayers protections limiting government growth, and the Accountability in Government Act mandating full disclosure of those related to legislators and government business contracts.

We have to ask the question - why, if the Washington Post editorialized Haley as a “Rising Star” in South Carolina - was she not included in the recent polls?  

Could it be that she may have rated along side, if not in front of, the political elite if mentioned therefore lending credence to her popularity among a groundswell of grassroots supporters that are leading a changing tide of voters tired of not only liberals, but conservatives that “go along to get along”?

With 1/3 of the voters choosing “another candidate” or “unsure” in the recent poll, it would be interesting to see where the numbers fall if Nikki Haley’s name is mentioned. 

It brings a few questions to mind. Is she left out because she is a woman, the first Republican from an immigrant Indian family in South Carolina (or the nation for that matter), or that she stands unabashedly on principles of smaller government, more accountability, and fiscal responsibility and has a true conservative record?

Though not offering an endorsement at this time, we can honestly say Nikki Haley is the real deal. She’s smart, has a better grasp on what it means to own a small business in South Carolina where over 80% of jobs are created, says what she means, means what she says, and can communicate her plans in common sense language.   

We predict Nikki Haley to be a force to be reckoned with in next year’s elections and we can see her as a front runner by June of 2010. She unseated a long-term incumbent representative in 2004 to gain her seat in the House, and with no incumbent in her way to the governorship, she may have the advantage other candidates overlook.

A campaign based on accomplishments, not political rhetoric.

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