Friday, August 12, 2011

Haley refuses to pay contractors, Loftis gets feisty

Governor says let'em work, let'em starve

Posted by Chris Haire on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 7:19 AM

As some of you are aware, S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis and Nikki Haley just don't get along.

In essence, it comes down to this: Haley says she's for transparency and Loftis, well, he's actually for it.

This week, the fight intensified.

On Tuesday, the Post and Courier's Yvonne Wenger ran a report on a minor little problem at the SCDOT: They weren't paying contractors. In fact, some private companies were in danger of having to shut their doors because the state didn't have the money to pay them. Apparently, it was going to unnecessary projects like I-73 up around Myrtle Beach.

Now, we don't know if the report itself got Haley's black boy shorts in a wad, but we imagine it did. It's yet another example that it's amateur hour in Nikki's administration. Which is an improvement from what it was before: an elementary school talent show. Of course, that's what happens when your almost your entire staff was born after 90210 went off the air. OK, I jest. But you get the point.

On Wednesday, things got worse. During a Budget and Control Board meeting, Loftis brought up the matter and suggested a way to solve this problem immediately. Strangely, Haley would have none of it.

She told the treasurer that he needed to submit an agenda item before the meeting. Loftis responded that in this case, he first brought the matter to Haley's attention in March, but she ignored it, which the treasurer then claimed is what the governor does to pretty much everything he sends her way.

The governor then cited apparently non-existent rules for Budget and Control Board and otherwise treated Loftis like a grader schooler (Aunt Nik called him as much later).

But Loftis was not about to be defeated. He wanted to make sure that the SCDOT paid its bills and that everyone could see Haley for what she really is: a prickly narcissist who passes the buck again and again. And so yesterday, he apparently released this video. Enjoy.

Before you do, keep this in mind: Haley knew at least in March that the SCDOT was having serious problems paying its bills and that all those men and women, many of them working for private contractors, were not being paid. Confronted with these matters, the governor choose to do nothing to solve the problem.

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