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Nikki Haley……..Who should be South Carolina’s next governor……..Backrounder…….

With all the dirty tricks against her…

And national attention…

It is almost a lock that she will win the run off election on June 22 in South Carolina….

With the make-up of the state….

She will become the prohibitive favorite to take over the seat from out going Governor Stanford….

Just who is the woman?

Nikki Haley, the favorite to become the first governor of South Carolina who is neither white nor male, has always challenged established norms with her own brand of moxie.

As a girl, her parents — the first Indian immigrants this small, working-class town had ever seen — entered Nikki and her sister in the Little Miss Bamberg pageant. The judges of the contest, one that crowned one black queen and one white queen, were so flummoxed that they simply disqualified Nikki and her sister, Simran — but not before Nikki, about 5, sang “This Land Is Your Land.”

Ms. Haley, 38, upended things again last week after a sharp-elbowed primary that included allegations of marital infidelity and pitted her against the lieutenant governor, the attorney general and a congressman. Ms. Haley, a state legislator, received 49 percent of the vote, but faces a June 22 runoff with Representative Gresham Barrett, whom she beat by more than 25 points Tuesday. And this from a campaign that was so underfinanced that it had to sell yard signs at $5 apiece, Ms. Haley said.

Now, she finds herself one of the brightest rising stars in theRepublican Party, a Tea Party favorite, a Sarah Palin endorsee and the subject of national attention.

“I love that people think it’s a good story, but I don’t understand how it’s different,” she said in an interview Friday, in a voice with a faint watermark of Southern drawl. “I feel like I’m just an accountant and businessperson who wants to be a part of state government.”

Ms. Haley — born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa and always called Nikki, which means “little one,” by her family — said that growing up in Bamberg was at times tough. Her father wears a turban and, though male Sikhs are not supposed to cut their hair, her brothers’ was trimmed after teasing at school grew vicious. “It’s survival mode,” she said. “You learn to try and show people how you’re more alike than you are different.”

But her political rise has raised questions about her difference, and she has become more careful about how she presents the religious aspect, in particular, of her life.

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June 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Family, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 15 Comments

Nikki Haley……..Who should be South Carolina's next governor……..Backrounder…….

With all the dirty tricks against her…

And national attention…

It is almost a lock that she will win the run off election on June 22 in South Carolina….

With the make-up of the state….

She will become the prohibitive favorite to take over the seat from out going Governor Stanford….

Just who is the woman?

Nikki Haley, the favorite to become the first governor of South Carolina who is neither white nor male, has always challenged established norms with her own brand of moxie.

As a girl, her parents — the first Indian immigrants this small, working-class town had ever seen — entered Nikki and her sister in the Little Miss Bamberg pageant. The judges of the contest, one that crowned one black queen and one white queen, were so flummoxed that they simply disqualified Nikki and her sister, Simran — but not before Nikki, about 5, sang “This Land Is Your Land.”

Ms. Haley, 38, upended things again last week after a sharp-elbowed primary that included allegations of marital infidelity and pitted her against the lieutenant governor, the attorney general and a congressman. Ms. Haley, a state legislator, received 49 percent of the vote, but faces a June 22 runoff with Representative Gresham Barrett, whom she beat by more than 25 points Tuesday. And this from a campaign that was so underfinanced that it had to sell yard signs at $5 apiece, Ms. Haley said.

Now, she finds herself one of the brightest rising stars in theRepublican Party, a Tea Party favorite, a Sarah Palin endorsee and the subject of national attention.

“I love that people think it’s a good story, but I don’t understand how it’s different,” she said in an interview Friday, in a voice with a faint watermark of Southern drawl. “I feel like I’m just an accountant and businessperson who wants to be a part of state government.”

Ms. Haley — born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa and always called Nikki, which means “little one,” by her family — said that growing up in Bamberg was at times tough. Her father wears a turban and, though male Sikhs are not supposed to cut their hair, her brothers’ was trimmed after teasing at school grew vicious. “It’s survival mode,” she said. “You learn to try and show people how you’re more alike than you are different.”

But her political rise has raised questions about her difference, and she has become more careful about how she presents the religious aspect, in particular, of her life.

More….

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Family, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 15 Comments

Things get nasty in South Carolina Governors race…..2nd Affair alleged for Nikki Haley….

Well…..

It seems that Larry Merchant (A lobbiest, who up until today worked for LT. Gov. Andre Bauer’s campaign ) alleges he had a one stand with Haley….( he left Bauer’s campaign )

But admits he can’t offer ANY evidence to prove it…..

WTF?

Is this for real…Or another way the ‘Good Ole Boys’ are trying to stop Haley’s rise in the polls?

Haley…Whose parents are from India…Was born in South Caroline, and is a married mother of two and Tea Partier, She has been endorsed by Sarah Palin…..And  has surged in the polls* and seems good to take the GOP  nomination….

She just had another affair rumor shot down RedState….A Conservative Blog site that does’ t like SE too much and is ran by Erik Erickson who also works on John Kings new daily CNN program…..

Unless things get too stupid ……

And they already are…..

Lobbyist Larry Marchant admitted he had no proof to back up his allegation of a one-night stand with state Rep. Nikki Haley in 2008 and her campaign vehemently denied the allegation. The claim became the latest political drama for a state that was roiled when Gov. Mark Sanford made a tearful confession last summer to sneaking out of the country to rendezvous with an Argentine woman.

Earlier in the day, Marchant resigned from the campaign of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is competing with Haley for the GOP nomination in the June 8 primary.

“It never happened. Absolutely not,” Haley said emphatically about Marchant’s claim during a debate with Bauer and the two other Republican candidates in Charleston. “This is just disgusting politics. Two or three months ago I was Nikki who? and nobody was saying anything and a couple weeks ago we started going double digits up in the polls and now we have had everything thrown at us.”

Haley’s campaign manager had the same message.

“As Nikki Haley rises in the polls, the good old boys in Columbia see their taxpayer-funded fraternity party coming crumbling down, and they will say or do anything to hold onto their power,” Tim Pearson said earlier. “This is South Carolina politics at its worst.”

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* In Daniel’s latest Polling post she leads the GOP field by at least 10%…..That includes Lt Gov Bauer…..

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | 20 Comments