Democrats in the Legislature took a moment to mark the Amazon deal becoming law Wednesday.
They also took time to criticize Governor Nikki Haley for her position on the deal. Haley said she opposed it on principle, but would not veto it because it was promised by previous Governor Mark Sanford’s administration. By not acting, the bill became law without her signature.
At a press conference Wednesday, Democrats mocked Haley by using an empty desk with the bill sitting on it. They also put out milk cartons with Haley’s picture and the word “missing” on it.
Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) imagined the scene if Haley had supported the deal.
Flanking the desk of the governor, we’d have those yellow Amazon signs here. We’d have those t-shirt-clad folks from the Midlands here, all showing their support. The Governor would have walked out to some festive music, as she always does. She’d have come (to the desk) and we’d have all been clapping and rousingly cheering.
Hutto also made fun of Haley’s tradition of playing a song during her bill-signing ceremonies. For example, the Black-Eyed Peas’ “I’ve Got a Feeling” played when she signed the voter ID bill.
Maybe we should think about what music we should play today since she’s not here. I thought maybe “The Sound of Silence,” maybe “The Long and Winding Road,” because that’s the road that Amazon had to take. But, whatever, we hope that Governor Haley will learn from this experience and do better the next time.
Haley, for her part, told WVOC-Radio in Columbia that she could not support the deal.
I would feel disingenuous signing it. Vetoing it goes against… the promise that was made. So, the best thing for me to do was to not get involved in it and let it go.
Amazon is now officially re-opening its hiring process online.