Aiken Tea Party endorses Haley for governor

GOP gubernatorial candidate gains steam

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AIKEN --- South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley earned the endorsement of the Aiken County Tea Party during a campaign stop Sunday.

Candidate Nikki Haley speaks with Patrick Boardman (left), former Aiken Republican Party president, and Aiken City Council members Steve Homoki and Dick Dewar.  Julia Sellers/Staff
Julia Sellers/Staff
Candidate Nikki Haley speaks with Patrick Boardman (left), former Aiken Republican Party president, and Aiken City Council members Steve Homoki and Dick Dewar.

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More than 100 people gathered at the Gem Lakes subdivision for a picnic-style stumping event that gave voters more one-on-one time with Haley than her previous visits to the area.

High-profile endorsements from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford have raised the Lexington Republican House member's celebrity since her last stop in Aiken two weeks ago, when she appeared in a gubernatorial debate with her GOP rivals -- Attorney General Henry McMaster, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

She also vaulted to first place among the Republican candidates in a Rasmussen Reports poll last week.

Ginger Keenan said she loved the spirit of Haley's message. And as a working mother herself, Keenan said she applauded Haley for stepping up to challenge the "good old boys."

"She comes from a hard-working family, and she's not been at the Statehouse so long that she's 'status quo,' " Keenan said.

Haley told voters her top three challenges would be restructuring the tax base, education system and government operations, but she said she needed to work more consistently with legislators than Gov. Mark Sanford has to push through meaningful legislation.

"Sanford was reactionary," she said.

"The legislators need a governor that's predictable and consistent."

The primary is scheduled June 8.

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nofrills 05/24/10 - 05:58 am
As a man and a business owner

As a man and a business owner Mrs. Haley gives me hope I will be able to keep my business and my home. I believe she will help us.

deportem 05/24/10 - 06:33 am
Where does she stand on

Where does she stand on getting rid of the Illegal Aliens in the state, or at least cutting off ALL care and services for them? Also, what did she have to say about Arizona's law?
Barrett is jumping on the Bandwagon, or is watching the polls!!

onewhocares 05/24/10 - 11:00 am
Nikki Haley gives me hope for

Nikki Haley gives me hope for the future. South Carolina has suffered greatly from it's entrenched good old boys who have practiced their self-serving deceptions for too long. My experience is that everyone who sees and hears her is convinced that she is the real thing and will represent SC citizens rather than special interests. Now that she is clearly in the lead the good old boys and their political operatives will do anything they can to discredit her. If you hear back-room rumors or read blogs that attempt to cut her down always consider the source. We must not be gullible.

boboberg 05/24/10 - 03:02 pm
Hey tea-baggers!! Forget

Hey tea-baggers!! Forget Sarah Palin, now you REALLY have a fool to rally around: Rand Paul. By parsing the 1964 Civil Rights Act we can see what he and the tea-baggers stand for: discrimination based on race and physical ability. But then the tea-baggers are just a sad group of old, white, rich, malcontent republicans who hate blacks, hispanics, asians, the middle class and the poor and can't stand the fact that we have a black president. When they howl "TAKE BACK AMERICA!!!" they mean to take it back from the minorities. Luckily the middle class and the poor far outnumber the tea-baggers so they will have little effect in November and Rand Paul will fade away. Mark Montgomery NYC, NY 10036

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