Seen here practicing her "adorable child" look.
Firswt of all, she spells her name "Nikki." Generally, that spelling is reserved for sex industry workers and the bass player of Motley Crue.
But that's not the real issue. I'm pretty sure spelling doesn't count for much in South Carolina conservative circles.
But here's a fun story about Gov. Haley:
Gov. Nikki Haley replaces Darla Moore
I know, I know, who's Darla Moore?
Well, up until recently she was a member of the board of trustees for the University of South Carolina.
Not only was she a member of the board, she was also a major patron of the school. In fact, their business school is named the Darla Moore School of Business. So, it's probably safe to say she was comitted to the University and felt pretty passionately about it.
But don't take my word for it:
Miles Loadholt, chairman of the board, said Moore's contributions to the university have been priceless.So why replace her? Well, there are two reasons. The first is that Ms. Moore hurt the governor's wittle feelings. (sideways frowny-face)
"The importance of Darla Moore's philanthropy cannot be overestimated," he said in a statement. "Her constant push for excellence not only at a state level, but in a global context, will be a standing legacy and among her many contributions to the university."
As Haley explains events, Moore lost her seat basically because she didn’t express sufficient interest in keeping it. She didn’t return Haley’s calls, as the governor tells it, and when Haley tried to meet with Moore, there was a three-week wait.
The governor told me she couldn’t wait. She has only one voting member on the board and, says Haley, “I have to pick one who will report to me and return my calls.” (source)
How very mature of you, Madame Governor!
The second reason? To reward a campaign donor.
Haley tapped Lexington lawyer Tommy Cofield to replace Moore,
Cofield and his sister Amy Cofield donated a combined $9,000 to Haley's gubernatorial campaign, according to the State Ethics Commission. (source)
So, sure it's fine to be an extremely generous donor and an asset to the University for over a decade, but how does that enrich me personally?
So much for the teabaggers getting in there and cleaning out corruption, eh?
By the way, here is Ms. Moore's response to her removal:
Her response to Haley’s insult was to offer the university another $5 million for an aerospace research center to be named for fellow Lake City star Ronald McNair, an African American astronaut who died in the Challenger explosion in 1986.
Yeah, I could see where you'd feel like you needed to get rid of her!
Nice work, South Carolina Teabaggers!