Poor South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. She's facing an ethics hearing over donations, she claims there is no war on women despite ample evidence to the contrary (scroll), she could even be indicted for tax fraud, and back in December, she “dictated the conclusions of a committee charged with deciding how the state should implement federal health care reform before the group ever held its first meeting, public documents show.”. She's even had a couple of allegations of extramarital affairs.
In short, she's had her share of controversies and scandals. Now she's also written a book (her memoir, Can't Is Not An Option) that, well, isn't exactly getting boffo reviews from either Democrats or Republicans. According to a Democratic state representative, “This lady just makes stuff up.”
Members of Haley’s own Republican Party — including the speaker of the S.C. House and a former lieutenant governor — say allegations against them are “absolutely not true” and “not true at all.” Democrats, including Haley’s 2010 opponent in the governor’s race, describe the book as “fiction.”
House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, said one of Haley’s stories is “absolutely not true.” Or as I like to call it, lying.
Harrell said he is unsure if other parts of the book are true or not. “A lot of the stories she recounts, she puts them in quotation marks, like she is recalling conversations verbatim. If that doesn’t tip people off that things are not accurate, I don’t know what would.”
The words "not true" were also used by Terry Sullivan, a consultant to the campaign of her primary opponent, Congressman Gresham Barrett. And if you follow the link, you'll also see words like "untruthful" and "twists."
Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, a member of the Legislative Black Caucus:
“I understand trying to sell books, but shouldn’t her true story of her life be enough to do it? This lady just makes stuff up.”
Of course, there are two sides to every story, but Nikki Haley's version is being challenged by both sides of the political aisle. Well, at least she's bipartisan.
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