John Rainey continues the battle against Gov. Nikki Haley, asking the full South Carolina House to take up his complaint that she violated ethics laws when she worked for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation while she served Lexington in the House.
Rainey, a Republican is an attorney who led the state’s Board of Economic Advisors for eight years and was once CEO of the state-owned power utility, Santee Cooper.
He has said on many occasions that Gov. Haley lacks integrity.
This month, the House Ethics Committee dismissed Rainey’s charges as lacking evidence. Earlier this year, a state circuit judge heard a lawsuit from Rainey on the same matter and declared that his court was not the correct venue for legislative ethics questions.
Friday, Rainey appealed to the S.C. House to reconsider the corruption complaint that was dismissed by its ethics panel.
Gov. Haley today responded to South Carolina Radio Network’s question about the renewed Rainey complaint:
“This is a political vendetta that has gone to its highest extreme. I mean, it’s embarrassing for him. The courts have dismissed it, the ethics committee has dismissed it. This is just a man that’s angry that I won and won’t stop until he gets his way. He’s wasting taxpayers’ time, he’s wasting voters’ time, he’s wasting my time and I have nothing further to say about it,” Haley said.