Haley locks herself out of governor's mansion - in her robe
September 4th, 2013
08:23 PM ET
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Haley locks herself out of governor's mansion - in her robe

(CNN) - If a bunch of governors got together and wrote a book on things to avoid when you're a state executive, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley might have an entertaining and lighthearted chapter to contribute.

"What not to do ... getting locked out of the Governor’s mansion in your robe while sending the kids off to school. sigh...#adayinthelife,” Haley wrote on her public Facebook page Wednesday morning.

The post quickly generated buzz on Facebook, collecting more than 4,400 likes and close to 550 comments as of Wednesday night.

But the governor wasn't forced out of her house for too long. Her communications director, Doug Mayer, told CNN she was only outside for a "couple minutes" before her daughter, Rena, let her back in.

Haley is known in South Carolina for her regular and sometimes personal Facebook posts, which her office says she does herself. The subjects of her posts alternate between her daily duties as governor and her life as a mom.

But with the Republican running for re-election in 2014, her political opponents wasted no time pouncing on her morning blunder.

"File this under Fake Transparency, because it certainly is telling about Nikki Haley’s priorities when it comes to sharing information with the people of South Carolina," the South Carolina Democratic Party said in an e-mail release.

- CNN's Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

Filed under: Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Never, never forget

    Next thing, she will "forget" she is packing a handgun when going through TSA process at airport.

    September 4, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Alex

    She is not the first and won't be the last

    September 4, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Joe

    Wow, an elected official did something that anyone could do any day. Great news article!

    September 4, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  4. LCB

    Too funny – except that I did this same thing, just two weeks ago – differences being?
    I DIDN'T MAKE CNN NEWS! and – my dog was unable to let me back in – which reality cost me $60 with Pop-A-Lock! and – I don't DO Facebook, or Twitter, or cell phones . . . sigh.

    September 4, 2013 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Cactus

    There are easier ways to attract a man and they are less public, too.

    September 4, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. lance corporal

    she was "hiking the appalachian trail" with the milkman and got carried away, these right types are all hiding a deep pervversion

    September 4, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. bill bryan

    Goes to show democrats will play politcal games no
    matter what the story is. Ps. Good for you governor for balancing family and duty

    September 5, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  8. Johnny delato

    The unncessary response from the state dem party, which would also have been said by republicans if haley was a dem, is just a sign of the juvenile talking point tactics american politics has become. Let the woman have a little fun and connect with all the normal, non political ambitionist people around.

    September 5, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  9. Bet203

    LOL. Leave it to the Democrats to try to politicize the kind of post that millions of Americans make everyday. She is allowed to share humor from her own life. The Democratic party response is a bit pathetic.

    September 5, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  10. bb

    that was newsworthy?

    September 5, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  11. oneWayfarer

    It could have been WORSE.
    The Robe could have gotten stuck in the door
    and she might have had to go around front to find someone
    to let her back into the governor's mansion
    WITHOUT her Robe.

    September 5, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  12. dick Delson

    Hey, she's no dumber than George W MORON Bush

    September 5, 2013 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  13. scooter

    I'm no fan of Republicans. But I love and respect the Governor for being real and fallible!

    September 5, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  14. John in Brooklyn

    OK,,,so she's a human being and not a Barbie doll. How refreshing. On the other hand, if she were a Yankeee, she would have let the press see her in her robe with CURLERS!

    September 5, 2013 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  15. John in Brooklyn

    It's sad when it takes this to let the world know that a female politician is a genuine person. I mourn for the days of Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug, Ann Richards, Madeleine Kunin, and Millicent Fenwick!

    September 5, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  16. wb

    God, did somebody think this was "news"?

    September 5, 2013 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  17. RayJacksonMS

    Just goes to prove what an idiot she is. She's also a typical cold hearted greedy republican that has sold out to the rich.

    September 5, 2013 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  18. j brian

    Getting locked out of the house in a bathrobe? Thats suposed to be a political blunder? Letting people know on twitter,facebook and what ever else, may be too close to home. She's a MOM!. The kids come first. After that she was being honest and human.

    September 5, 2013 05:07 am at 5:07 am |

    She and the tea potty awim in the Koch Brothers' money. Look at AIE in the picture.

    September 5, 2013 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Oh how sweet and funny, just like any other real working mother in suburbia or the city.
    She sounds like the AK screeching mutant with her useless who cares facebook page.
    Is she for or against the NSA patriot act?

    September 5, 2013 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  21. Mike Mertens

    Now this is indeed news!

    September 5, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  22. DebbieW

    'One of us' lol

    September 5, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  23. Dandude

    As always CNN getting the scoop on news that matters.

    September 5, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  24. MisterBTS

    As a Democrat, let me say that it was idiotic for the South Carolina Democratic Party to feel the need to try to make some political hay with this story. Get over yourselves and stick to the issues please.

    September 5, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    Must have Schlage locks. It is really easy with that brand of lock.

    September 5, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
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