Democrats accused Governor Nikki Haley of playing politics with new legislative report cards she released Monday. They said the Governor was just trying to distract the public from the problems her administration faces on jobs, education and health care.
“This was an awesome ploy to get peoples’ minds off those issues and put her back in a framework that she’s most comfortable with– and that’s the campaign trail,” Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) said, “I just hope people can see through this guise for what it is.”
Twenty-three Democrats received an “F.”
“Thankfully, I got an F,” Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Richland) said, “It is the best F I’ve ever gotten. I’ve gotten more congratulations via phone calls and texts on this F than I’ve ever gotten on any A in my life.”
Sellers did not get an “F,” instead receiving a “D” after he supported some of some of Haley’s government restructuring efforts (including one bill he sponsored that has not passed the Senate). However, he dismissed his grade, saying it was meaningless.
Democrats answered Tuesday by giving the Governor an “F” on her performance in office. “We did respond… to let people know how ridiculous it was that she had even done this,” Rutherford said, “(Also) to point out the fact that our governor needs to be focused full-time on bringing jobs to South Carolina.”
Sellers said he didn’t like the idea of report cards but added it would probably be a “D.” He said Haley does have a better relationship with the Legislature than former Governor Mark Sanford.
Haley is touring the state with a series of town hall meetings. She is in Irmo Tuesday night and will be in Aiken Wednesday night.