Our governor had an attack of foot-in-mouth disease on a campaign trip to the coast:
Gov. Nikki Haley told members of the Waccamaw High School Young Republican Club last week that she didn’t know if she was a Republican or a Democrat when she decided to run for the state House.
“I knew I needed to get to Columbia because they had way too many lawyers there, and we needed some business people to straighten it out,” she said.
Haley spoke to the club members and other students at Waccamaw High before she attended a rally at the Hammock Shops to promote Republican Stephen Goldfinch, a Murrells Inlet lawyer, seeking re-election to the state House from District 108….
Here’s how Vida Miller, Goldfinch’s non-attorney opponent, responded to that:
Lawyer Goldfinch’s November opponent, businesswoman Vida Miller, said Gov. Haley has a point.
“I do think it’s helpful to have a business background,” Miller said. “Balancing budgets and meeting a payroll in the real world is the best experience possible for a legislator. And that experience is exactly what I’ll take with me to Columbia if the people of this district give me the honor of representing them once again in the State House.”…
Further muddying the waters, the governor had this to say about Ms. Miller:
“I know Stephen’s opponent, Vida Miller. I know her very well. I served with her multiple years. She is a wonderful woman that I respect, but this is not about respect. This is about the fact I need fighters in Columbia. Stephen Goldfinch is a fighter.”
Wow. Talk about a lame justification for endorsing someone. But then, most people don’t hate “fighting” rhetoric in politics as much as I do. As soon as a politician promises to “fight” for me, that’s it. They’ve lost me. (Here’s a column I wrote in 2008 ranting about pols from Hillary Clinton to John McCain using “fight” language.)
I’ll take a “wonderful woman” over a “fighter” any day.