South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley: No Problem with a Confederate Flag at the Statehouse Because No CEOs Have Complained

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By Elaine Magliaro

Last week—during the gubernatorial debate in South Carolina—Democratic candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen said that the Confederate flag at the statehouse should “be retired to a museum.” Sheheen added, “I think the people of South Carolina are tired of having an image across America that’s not truly who we are…” He continued by saying that everyone should “rally together under a flag that unites us all, the American flag, that looks toward the future, and not the past.”

Nikki Haley Governor of South Carolina

Nikki Haley
Governor of South Carolina

In her response to Sheheen, Governor Nikki Haley admitted that the Confederate flag was a “sensitive” issue. Still, she defended the flag’s presence at the statehouse and rejected the idea of removing it. While Haley conceded that South Carolina “had suffered an image problem in the past”—she claimed that her state “had moved beyond those days.” Haley added, “What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state. I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”

 

Well, there you have it! Not one single CEO that the governor has spoken with informed her that having a Confederate flag on display at the statehouse was “problematic.” In fact, the issue was never discussed. Case closed. Move along, Mr. Sheheen. Nothing more to discuss on the issue of having a Confederate flag at the statehouse—as long as CEOs don’t object.

Haley added that the state “kind of fixed” the former image problem, anyway. It was solved when voters “elected the first Indian-American female governor.” She continued, “When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message.”

So…there you have it. There’s no problem with a Confederate flag at the statehouse in South Carolina because, you know, CEOs haven’t filed a complaint with her.

 

Nikki Haley talks about the Confederate flag at a South Carolina debate

SOURCES

Nikki Haley: It’s OK to have the Confederate flag at the statehouse because not “a single CEO” has complained–Asked whether stars and bars should be removed from statehouse grounds, the Tea Partier says there’s no need (Salon)

Nikki Haley Defends Confederate Flag At Statehouse Because Not ‘A Single CEO’ Complained (Crooks and Liars)

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10 Responses to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley: No Problem with a Confederate Flag at the Statehouse Because No CEOs Have Complained

  1. bettykath says:

    It seems we now know the problem. When the governor only talks to CEOs, it’s no wonder that the state is in the state it is in. I really thought that a woman governor would do better. I know, there are lots of examples of women who go along to get along. [sigh]

  2. bigfatmike says:

    Yes, but how do our corporate citizens feel about this sensitive issue. Shouldn’t we at least consider the feelings our our corporate persons? We know they have feelings… right. They must have feelings because they are persons… the supreme court told us that.

  3. buckaroo says:

    When a Southern or Northern gentleman meets a beautiful Northern or Southern lady the least important issue to them is the flag flying over his or her statehouse. Do the readers of this blog agree or disagree ? Lets get real about what is important to our youth or do we just worry about ….

  4. Bob Kauten says:

    Depends on the meaning of the flag.
    If the flag means “I won’t forgive the Civil War, they took away our slaves,” that could be a tad off-putting.

  5. Mike Spindell says:

    “Lets get real about what is important to our youth or do we just worry about ….”

    Or do we just worry about what?:

    nonsense?
    stupid things?
    irrelevancies?

    One wonders just what point you are making, or if you are indeed making any point at all?

  6. blouise says:

    Just because she’s a woman doesn’t mean she’s any more intelligent than her republican colleagues. The poor, dumb, politician wanted to impress the voters with the fact that she has been talking to CEOs attempting to attract their corporations to her state.

    South Carolina ranks 45th in the nation for Per Capita Personal Income but Mississippi is worse and they are the only state that includes the Confederate flag emblem on their state flag. I wonder how many CEOs their governor, Phil Bryant, talks to.

    The demographics of the South are changing and the states of the old Confederacy are getting less white, This was a gotcha statement from Sheheen who knows all about those changing demographics and Haley found herself in the position that many of the “Poor Paula” folk now occupy.

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  8. Bob Kauten says:

    blouise,
    “I wonder how many CEOs their governor, Phil Bryant, talks to.”

    I dunno. Does the Aryan Brotherhood have a CEO?

  9. Her comment is so full of fail as to set a new Limbo record for fail.

  10. pete says:

    yeah, It’s just a flag.

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