June 8th, 2010
05:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Haley holds primary night celebration at private social club

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/24/art.nikki.haley.youtube.jpg caption ="South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is holding her primary night party Tuesday at an exclusive, members-only venue called the Capital City Club in downtown Columbia."]Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul took heat from Democrats for hosting his primary night victory celebration at a country club – perhaps not the most fitting venue for an anti-establishment candidate fueled by the Tea Party movement.

South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, herself a Tea Party-backed Republican, is also holding her primary night party Tuesday at an exclusive, members-only venue – the Capital City Club in downtown Columbia.

The "Cap City Club," as some locals call it, is a gathering place for roughly 1,300 of the city's movers and shakers that sits on the top floor of the Capitol Center, the tallest building in South Carolina, just across the street from the State House.

The club's website boasts of décor that is "traditional with rich colors and textures, wood accents, plush rugs and crystal chandeliers.

"The House Committee has made the selection and collection of fine art a top priority," the website reads. "The prestigious decor, excellent cuisine, and finest service create an atmosphere of elegance unparalleled in the Columbia area."

Membership in the club is "by invitation at the discretion of The Board of Governors."

Haley campaign manager Tim Pearson told CNN that Haley and her husband Michael once belonged to the club, but are no longer members.

"A supporter is a member, and that's how we got access to the club," Pearson told CNN.

The tower itself became an issue in the 1986 gubernatorial campaign after then-Gov. Dick Riley, a Democrat, leased space in the new building for government offices, thereby raising the cost of state office space.

GOP hopeful Carroll Campbell – who went on to win the governor's race and become a towering figure among South Carolina Republicans – called the tower a monument to "the good ole boy" system of patronage of government spending.

Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Chuck T

    Repugs only want common people to VOTE for them, not socialize with them, come on get with the program.

    June 8, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. paminsand

    aye aye aye....first, give the south carolina wise cracks a rest.....our quality of living is pretty darn high (particularly on the coast) and we kinda LIKE the way our life is....you don't need to agree, just please stay away (and keep your bucktooth midwestern/yankee cousins too)...

    second....we aren't all republicans....and we aren't all democrats....what we ARE is mostly fed up with the whole stupid (yes STUPID) political system.....we vote based on our choices, and what we yearn for are some REAL choices.....

    don't judge a state by its region....y'all come back now, ya here 😉

    June 8, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Go USA!

    Another "real" Amercian Republican...who has no idea how the middle class lives. When you vote GOP, you are voting against the middle class.

    If South carolina votes in the GOP again, after all the GOP garbage, they need to have their heads examined. What does it take to get these people to understand they are letting themselves be fooled again?

    June 8, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Barry

    I wonder when little people – working people – will wake up and finally understand that Republicans are of, for, and by the rich. At the same time they laugh at the working people who vote them in on their "conservative" principles.

    June 8, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. John

    Tea Partiers must be idiots. Their name stands for Taxed Enough Already and they are taking aim at the president who has given them the lowest taxes EVER. Whoever reported that these people were well-educated must be mistaken. They are old grumpy disgruntled republicans who can't get over 1. they lost and 2. a black man is in power. They pay hundreds of dollars to go to a convention so they can see Sarah(what common man has hundreds to go to a convention for the average joe?) and they endorse people who are born with silver spoons in their mouths and have their parties at exclusive clubs where their followers aren't allowed to go? This is the ultimate republican party–a group of idiots hell-bent on being mislead and voting against their better interests...

    June 8, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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