June 21st, 2010
05:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Haley voted to cut funding for site of election night party

Nikki Haley voted to cut funding for election night site.
Nikki Haley voted to cut funding for election night site.

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley's election night party on Tuesday won't be at the members-only club where she celebrated her big Republican primary win on June 8.

Instead, she and her supporters will gather at the South Carolina State Museum in downtown Columbia.

But Democrats are pointing out that Haley - a state representative and foe of government spending - actually voted to chop the museum's budget just last week.

On June 16, during a special session to consider a slate of Gov. Mark Sanford's budget vetoes, Haley voted to sustain the governor's veto of $1.64 million in operating expenses for the museum.

The state museum had campaigned against the budget cut, enlisting their supporters and patrons to call state legislators and urge them to override the veto.

Sanford's veto eventually failed and the museum money remained in the budget. Haley was one of 27 House members who voted for the budget cut.

"Yes, Nikki voted to reduce funding for the State Museum – in tough budget years responsible public officials prioritize spending," said Haley campaign manager Tim Pearson.

"She's very fond of the museum and its mission, but some things are better left to private sector organizations – organizations like our campaign, which is paying to hold our election night party there."

Haley's opponent for the GOP nomination, Rep. Gresham Barrett, will hold his event Tuesday at his campaign headquarters in Columbia.


Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Steve (the real one)

    So! Times are tough and it is past time to make the hard decisions about funding! Time to prioritize! Maybe her little party wil help raise a little funding, who knows. Juvenile complaint!

    June 21, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. AJ

    If Haley would only start accepting cash for entrance to her "temple" there would be no need for fundraising. That place gets more traffic that Grand Central Terminal!

    June 21, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    The museum should charge her group double – you know, to make up for the budget cuts.

    Isn't that what Haley expects to happen?

    June 21, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Riley

    Good for her. Budgets have to be cut in hard times – get used to it. I am sure they are paying to use the Musuem for their party but they can easily move it if they have a problem with her.

    June 21, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Larry

    This woman is another Republican freak show.

    June 21, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    This is a story confirming that Nikki Haley is a government servant with integrity. She is serving the people of South Carolina well.

    She voted to save the taxpayers money from being used for this museum, but then directed business under her own discretion to the museum. We need politicians who have that kind of integrity in the federal government in Washington.

    June 21, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    Typical republican hypocrite, vote to cut financing, then hold your election day event at the site you voted to shut down.

    June 21, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Ellie

    Does Haley really think that this political tactic is going to work? South Carolinians are so BACKWARDS. North Carolina is so much more progressive than SOUTH Carolina. South Carolina is soooo behind the times it's not even funny. Folks love living in the "past" down there, just look at their politicians!!

    June 21, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Cut Spending

    Our friendly democrats have pointed out that they like spending other people's hard earned money, while republicans (in theory) are for spending less.

    I'm voting for the most honest person I can find–THAT CUTS GOVERNMENT SPENDING and strives to REPEAL the wasteful 'healthcare' bill. That thing is already messing up the economy in my neighborhood.

    June 21, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    Good for Haley.

    June 21, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. charlie from the North

    Give her a break, maybe when she sees what a great place it is she will change her mind......if she has a mind to change that will certainly set her apart from most of the GOP leadership....that may be what she needs to show.

    June 21, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. B.Holloran, San Antonio, TX

    Of course she voted to cut spending on a museum where people can learn something – that's the standard, GOP-thing-to-do!

    June 21, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. T

    She a hole and she is trying to pimp SC. She does not bring anything
    to the table.SC keep your eyes and your ears open..........

    June 21, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yes Republicans don't believe in the "little people" or things like museums or schools that preserve our nation's heritage. She is another one of those Right-Wing Ideologue that thinks schools and museums should all be privatized. Good luck with that.

    June 21, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Robin in Tampa, FL

    $1.6 Million is a skeleton budget. Saying that the private sector should come to the rescue a public service is a real cop-out and does a great disservice to community. However, I'm sure if it was for a shiny new sports stadium she would be tripping over herself to justify the expenditure.

    June 21, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Kevin Collins

    Heh! Reminds me of Bush back in the day championing job-training programs while at a job-training facility that closed down due to his budget costs within a single week!

    June 21, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. DOG1

    It's just typical of this party. They complain about government spending but they'll darn sure take advantage of any of it they can get. The gulf spill is a prime example, all the right wing politicians who constantly whine about smaller government and less spending are screaming to get more government involvement. They took the"contribution$" from big oil and voted to radically limit the regulations on drilling that probably would have prevented this. Of course they will never ever accept the responsibilty for the mess that they've caused by their selling out to industry. Perhaps what we need is a change in the law so that, when a politician creates or votes for a law that has a negative impact on this country, they can be sued by the victims of their graft and stupidity. Everyone else in this country is expected to pay for their mistakes and their misdeeds why not politicians.

    June 21, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This woman is a fraud and if people of S.C. can't see that then they need to go back to the hills.

    June 21, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |