Records, Haley at odds

Hospital job exit wasn't so smooth

Associated Press/File
South Carolina gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley left her $110,000-a-year job as a hospital fundraiser in April.
Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 5:40 PM
Last updated Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 1:30 AM

COLUMBIA --- When South Carolina gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley left her $110,000-a-year job as a hospital fundraiser in April, the explanation was that she wanted to work full time on her run for governor.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show the Republican nominee's departure was anything but smooth, though.

E-mails between Haley and her bosses show she did not want to leave or take a hiatus, as offered.

After a negotiation between attorneys, Haley, of Lexington, left with $35,000 severance and a promise from administrators they would say nothing to embarrass her or question her integrity.

Her 11/2-year job with Lexington Medical Center, which she held while a state legislator, has come under fire from her opponent, Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen, and from some GOP activists, who question why she got the job, its salary and the donations the foundation received during her tenure.

Her campaign spokesman defended her work.

"A big part of Nikki's job was to get as many different people and organizations involved in the foundation as possible," Rob Godfrey said Friday. "She did that, and she did it very well, by continuing existing foundation relationships and building new ones. Some of those involved groups and companies that have lobbyists, but, as the Ethics Commission makes quite clear, Nikki working with them to grow a nonprofit, community-focused organization is entirely proper."

To back that up, the campaign forwarded an Oct. 1 e-mail to its attorney from the commission, saying that nothing in state law prohibits a public official from asking a lobbyist to give to a charity.

Under the April 23 agreement to part ways, Haley received nearly three months worth of salary, $27,200, plus $8,000 for unused vacation pay.

Days later, her campaign and hospital spokespeople said, she left voluntarily, after a successful February fundraising event.

Republicans raise Sheheen questions

COLUMBIA --- South Carolina Republicans on Friday questioned a 1991 reckless driving ticket for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen that ultimately was dropped.

Republican Party Executive Director Joel Sawyer said Sheheen was represented in the case by his uncle and then-House Speaker Bob Sheheen. Sawyer also claimed that the case was handled by Dick Harpootlian, who years later became the Democratic Party's chairman. Harpootlian denied the claim, and Sheheen's campaign called any accusation of favoritism specious.

"There are some questions raised by the records in this case that Sen. Sheheen needs to answer because at first it looks like the good old boy Democrats swinging into action," Sawyer said.

Sheheen spokesman Trav Robertson said there was nothing serious or sinister about the ticket and no influence was wielded with it.

"He was tailgating another car on his way home from Clemson," Robertson said. At the time, Sheheen was attending college there.

-- Associated Press

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dwb619
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dwb619 10/08/10 - 09:08 pm
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Said she was an

Said she was an accountant---lie
Wants to cut tax rate for small business---no such thing as small business tax rate
Wants to re-instate taxes on groceries
Claims transparency-yet will not release e-mails from state computer
Failed to forward employee tax with-holdings
Whats next?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/08/10 - 10:30 pm
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A radical left wing news

A radical left wing news organization words the end of a job in a very biased manner? Who's surprised?

The AP has had no creditability for decades.

The closer to election day it gets, the uglier it gets.

kingcarolinafan
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kingcarolinafan 10/08/10 - 11:44 pm
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Yawn...the AP is so

Yawn...the AP is so predictable.

TK3
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TK3 10/09/10 - 08:25 am
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Vote 3rd Party or write

Vote 3rd Party or write someone in, or better yet stay home and clean your firearms.

Darin
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Darin 10/09/10 - 08:30 am
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Who cares... just elect her

Who cares... just elect her this time and replace her the next time... there will be no difference - minimal impact is the goal... we just can't let any of them get entrenched...

dani
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dani 10/09/10 - 09:36 am
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And this is important,

And this is important, why?

Go Nikki, I can't vote for you but I can wish you well.

truthteller
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truthteller 10/09/10 - 09:42 am
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Electing people like this

Electing people like this year after year is why South Carolina is at the bottom of the barrel compared to other states.

Cadence
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Cadence 10/09/10 - 09:59 am
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Boy, politics is a dirty

Boy, politics is a dirty business.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/09/10 - 10:19 am
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Cliff, you really need to

Cliff, you really need to read the AC more.

If you did, you would know that the AC USED to be Haley's biggest supporter- when Clay Boardman started dating her BFF Jenny "I'm Perfect" Sanford.

What's biased about it?

corgimom
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corgimom 10/09/10 - 10:34 am
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"E-mails between Haley and

"E-mails between Haley and her bosses show she did not want to leave or take a hiatus, as offered."

" I don't want to leave my position, I don't want to take a leave of absence. I want to be gone from my job, not do my job duties, and still get paid."

Um, ok.

I'm starting to wonder if that woman has all her marbles.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 10/09/10 - 06:30 pm
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The Associated Liberal

The Associated Liberal Press...great investigative one sides (as usual) reporting...The media (both sides at times) has become a joke in our country - reporting the news is a thing of the past.

nofrillls13
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nofrillls13 10/10/10 - 07:10 am
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Haley will do better for us

Haley will do better for us then Sheheen, We don't need a lawyer running our state. He is a joke who is nothing more then a snake. We here on this side of the river try not to put others down but his dirty tricks are coming to light. Ask his Uncle how much money he will make if his nephew gets in to office.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/11/10 - 10:46 am
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I'll be proud to vote for

I'll be proud to vote for Nikki Haley a third time come this November. She'll do a great job!

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