Haley’s Picking Romney Shocks Tea Party Disrupting Republicans

January 13, 2012

By Margaret Newkirk -Bloomberg

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is betting her future on Mitt Romney’s, exhausting the support that Tea Partyers once supplied her.

Haley endorsed Romney in the state’s Jan. 21 Republican presidential primary, a decision that might vault her into national office or stall her career in Columbia, scorned by those who elected her.

“It was like your best friend took up with a really bad boyfriend,” said Karen Martin, 54, an organizer for the Tea Party chapter in Spartanburg County.

Haley, 39, was elected in 2010 as a champion of the movement that pushed states’ rights and fiscal rectitude. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she was an adversary of the Legislature’s good-old-boy network and became the first woman to run the state that ranks 50th in female representation, said Karen Kedrowski, political science chairwoman for Rock Hill’s Winthrop University.

That such a politician would endorse Romney, whom Newt Gingrich has called someone trying to “pretend he’s a conservative,” was jaw-dropping, Haley’s Tea Party and Libertarian supporters said in interviews this week.

Martin, whose county went for Haley by 59 percent in 2010, got six calls from allies in an hour after Haley announced her decision last month, she said. “People were angry, disappointed, betrayed, hurt,” she said. She portrayed the rift as a family fight.

Principled Pick

Romney led Gingrich 23 percent to 21 percent in the state, according to a poll conducted Jan. 11 for the Augusta Chronicle and Savannah Morning News that had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.

Haley said in a telephone interview that her choice of the former Massachusetts governor and private-equity executive at Bain Capital LLC aligned with her principles.

“I did not want a bureaucrat,” she said. “I did want a businessman. I didn’t want anybody who had anything to do with the chaos in Washington.”

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • ordman says:

    Governor Haley has come to the realization like many others will that the imperfections that accompany Mitt Romney are much less egregious to the health of the nation as a whole, as apposed to Socialist yoke that now hangs around the neck of the American people that will only become more insufferable should the current organisationalist that occupy that the White House remain in place past the 20th of January 2013. While I also would like to have had a more conservative contender for the GOP nomination the status quo the is the republican party as no stomach for it.

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