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House Members Counter Haley Ethics Proposals

Democrats and Republicans respond to Haley and Wilson.

While Gov. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson were , Democrat and Republican members of the House offered up their own responses.

The Democrats released a statement to the media that demonstrated how, in their view, Haley violated each of the five proposals she put forth. They also catalogued Haley's own ethical run-ins as governor.

Charleston-area house member Leon Stavrinakis said he hopes Haley's "actions will speak louder than words."

Harry Ott (D - Calhoun) was even more blunt. He called the roll-out of the ethics reforms "a publicity stunt."

Meanwhile congressional Republicans were less forgiving of the proposals, but only slightly. House Speaker Bobby Harrell criticized Haley for not working closer with the legislature and noted, "Had these reforms been in place before Gov. Haley committed her actions, she would probably still be meeting with the Attorney General, only in a different place."

House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham of Cayce said, "Our laws must stay up-to-date with changing times to ensure transparency and address new ways in which some may try to game the system or unscrupulously benefit financially from public service."

House Ethics Committee Chair Roland Smith said, that the comprehensive ethics reform is already underway, spurred on by "then-Representative Haley’s questionable actions."

stanley seigler August 23, 2012 at 04:42 AM
@John Kostanesky: "There are plenty of jobs..." really...where...how many...so the 8% (whatever)...is just a made up fig...soso tell the GOPs to stop blaming BO/dems for unemployment...
John H August 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM
This is somewhat off topic but... A quick check on the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics site under the historical unemployment rate tab (16 years and older) reveals that the historical average unemployment rate is a little more than 6.5% since 1980. It’s been as low as 5.1. The lowest it’s ever been is 3.8 at times during the 50’s and 60’s. At the current 8 or so we are only 1.5% or 2% off the historical average. Great job U.S. government! You guys did it all. When is time to focus on the 92 or so percent that do have jobs and those that are underemployed and are struggling to make ends meet?
Liberal in SC August 23, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Haley talking about ethics is about as insane as men talking about women's reproductive rights.
Shawn Drury August 23, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Probably not the best comparison there LiSC...Everybody has ethics but not everyone has reproductive rights.
John Outlaw August 24, 2012 at 01:41 PM
John Outlaw@AOL.com South Carolina has a History of, Gov. and various Legislatetors ,DOING JUST AS THEY WANT and too HELL with you CITIZENS,that Express Some form of trying too let those Concerned that they "DISAPPROVE" of their actions but,too NO AVAIL !They OWN the Goverment and too HADES with what you Think or Say !!

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