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Nikki Haley: The Real Deal
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
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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