Haley's Memoir Draws Harsh GOP Criticism
Gov. Nikki Haley’s new memoir, “Can’t Is Not An Option,” is untruthful according to at least six politicians interviewed last week.
Gov. Nikki Haley is making headlines, again, but this time it's not about an ethics investigation.
This week, the South Carolina's first female governor is taking criticism for her new memoir, "Can't Is Not An Option."
According to The State newspaper, at least a half-dozen of Haley's own party deny the allegations made in the book released on April 3, including the speaker of the S.C. House, a former lieutenant governor and former representative to the U.S. Congress.
Democrats, including Haley’s 2010 opponent in the governor’s race, describe the book as “fiction," according to the article.
Haley spokesperson Rob Godfrey said Haley stands by her accounts in the memoir, the paper reports.
As the book was launched, Haley launched a nationwide book tour. She made headlines for saying she would decline an offer for the vice presidential nomination and commenting on birth control. She was met with protestors in Charleston, as she signed copies at The Blue Bicycle.
And, as the tour was wrapping up, Haley was back in the news with the announcement that the State Ethics Commission would begin an investigation into her campaign finances.
The memoir makes no mention of controversies surrounding the governor, such as her dismissal of Darla Moore from the University of South Carolina's Board of Trustees, the article in The State reports.
But Haley does write of her disgust of the two men who came forward, each claiming that each had an affair with her, as she was gaining ground in the 2010 GOP nomination for governor.
Haley also takes aim at House Speaker Bobby Harrell R-Charleston, saying that he worked against her in pushing "meaningful" reform.
State Rep. Nathan Balletine stands by Haley's accounts, saying that the book is correct and that Haley was a political underdog outsider, the paper reports.