Today, the SC New Democrats issued the following release.
For Release: 08/28/12
Contact: Phil Noble (SCND)
Contact: Byron Wellman (Rep. Mia Butler Garrick)
SC Gov. Nikki Haley ‘a Loyal Foot Soldier in the Republican War on Women’
With South Carolina governor Nikki Haley preparing to step into the national spotlight tonight as a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, one of her home state’s largest independent progressive organizations, the SC New Democrats, is asking the country to judge their governor not on her rhetoric but on her record, particularly with regard to women’s issues.
“Gov. Haley is a telegenic politician, and I have no doubt that she’ll give a good speech,” said State Representative Mia Butler Garrick (D-Richland). “But facts are stubborn things. And the facts in this case show that Gov. Haley has been a loyal foot soldier in the Republican War on Women since the day she got to Columbia. It’s a sad day in South Carolina when our first female governor’s actions directly and deliberately set women back at a time when we need to be working together to move our state and each other forward.”
The New Democrats offered several examples in support of their claim.
In 2012, Gov. Haley vetoed all funding for the state’s fifteen rape crisis centers, calling them “special interests.” The governor’s veto was eventually overridden by a margin of 110-0 in the State House and 39-2 in the Senate. [LINK]
In 2012, on ABC’s The View, Gov. Haley dismissed the idea that American women are concerned about birth control. “Women don’t care about contraception. They care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all of those things…The media wants to talk about contraception,” she said. [LINK]
In 2012, Gov. Haley reversed her previous position on HPV vaccinations by vetoing legislation to provide parents of girls with information about the disease and its prevention, as well as free vaccinations upon parental request. [LINK]
In 2011, Gov. Haley dismissed Post and Courier reporter Renee Dudley as “that little girl” on Laura Ingraham’s national radio program, after the reporter had revealed details of Gov. Haley’s lavish spending practices on a taxpayer-financed trip to Paris. The Post and Courier’s Melanie Balog replied: “No working professional should ever demean another working professional like that. Let alone in public. Let alone on broadcast radio. And especially, certainly, absolutely not the state’s first female governor talking about another woman.” [LINK]
In 2011, Gov. Haley replaced one of the state’s leading businesswomen, Darla Moore, on the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees with a comparatively undistinguished campaign contributor. In addition to being one of USC’s most distinguished graduates, Ms. Moore has donated more than $70 million to the university since 1998. Today, only three of the Board’s twenty-two members are female, including ex-officio Chair Gov. Haley. [LINK]
In 2010, then-Rep. Haley sponsored “personhood” legislation that would have outlawed all abortions, as well as in vitro fertilization treatments and hormonal birth control. [LINK]
In 2007, as a member of the state legislature, then-Rep. Haley voted to require women to undergo a forced ultrasound twenty-four hours before terminating a pregnancy. [LINK]
“You know, when you see it all laid out like that, it really is a shocking record,” said SC New Democrats president Phil Noble. “In fact, if you told me that was [Missouri Rep.] Todd Akin’s record, I’d believe you. And that can’t possibly be the kind of comparison the Romney people were looking for when they tapped Gov. Haley to be a featured speaker at their convention.”
The SC New Democrats are an independent reform group founded to bring big change and real reform to South Carolina politics and government. To learn more, visit scnewdemocrats.org.