Governor Nikki Haley facing indictment?

Posted by: Phineas on March 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm

**Posted by Phineas

There’s some disturbing news out of South Carolina today: rumors that Governor Nikki Haley, considered a rising star in the Republican Party and a possible vice-presidential nominee, may be facing indictment for tax fraud charges:

A highly ranked federal official has also privately confirmed rumblings of an investigation and possible indictment of the governor, though the official was not aware of the specific timeframe.

Yesterday, Palmetto Public Record exclusively reported that the Internal Revenue Service has been investigating since March of 2011 the Sikh worship center run by Gov. Haley’s father. At least five lawsuits have been filed against the Sikh Society of South Carolina since 2010, alleging that the group bilked contractors out of nearly $130,000 for the construction of a new temple.

The article also points out that Haley was the bookkeeper for the temple until sometime in 2003, and the investigation is centering on what happened to the money she was supposed to be tracking.

I have no comment on the case, itself; after all, we know almost no facts. The Palmetto Public Record promises a more detailed investigative article later.

But, the potential politics of this are very interesting and, well, some could easily “question the timing.”

Look at the background: Haley came out of nowhere as an obscure state representative whose main issue was government transparency to win first the Republican nomination and then the general election in 2010. She had won the endorsements of Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, the latter of which provided a rocket-like boost to her campaign. She was also the victim of a savage smear campaign (accusations of an affair, among other things) by her Republican rivals that garnered her great sympathy around the country. (In fact, the antics of some factions of the SC Republican Party had the rest of the nation asking “What’s wrong with you people?”)

Since her election, Haley’s star within South Carolina seems to have dimmed somewhat, (1) and I know some conservatives nationally were letdown by her endorsement of Mitt Romney. But, still, she remains a popular figure with many and is thought of as a possible running-mate for Governor Romney.

And here’s where my cynicism-alarm starts going off.

MSM propaganda and the advantages of incumbency aside, Barack Obama has a tough road to reelection. And he does have a history of using “hardball means” to knock opponents out of contention. Ask all those he got disqualified from the ballot during his state senate run in Illinois, including his mentor, Alice Palmer. And ask yourself (or maybe David Axelrod) how Jack Ryan’s supposedly sealed divorce records got released during the 2004 US senate race, derailing his campaign and leaving Obama to face… Alan Keyes.

If that’s dismissible as ancient history, consider recent years in which Obama allies have gone after his vocal opponents: the campaign in Alaska against Sarah Palin in 2009, then thought to be his likely rival in 2012, leading her to resign the governor’s office (I’m sure this had at least moral support from Camp Obama); the recent coordinated-by-MMFA campaign to silence Rush Limbaugh (with Palin (again) and Sean Hannity in the crosshairs); or the on-and-off White House war on FOX News in general.

“But that’s different,” you say. “Those all were just dirty politics; this is a possible criminal matter.” Well, it’s not as if presidents haven’t abused the powers of the IRS in the past, and Obama has brought the subject up before

So, doesn’t it seem just a bit convenient that, just as Romney starts to look like he really is going to be the nominee, one of his likely VP picks suddenly faces potential legal troubles? Possibly take a card out of his deck (2), maybe even stain him a bit with her troubles? Keep in mind, Obama earned his chops in the fetid swamp of Illinois politics, the state which Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin called the “Land of Coincidence.” (See also)

Well, maybe there really is a case against Governor Haley. Maybe she was doing something hinky with the books and should be prosecuted. Maybe I should be wearing a tinfoil hat. Maybe this is all another in a long line of Obama-related coincidences.

Maybe. But I question the timing.

via JCinQC

(1)  While I don’t follow the state’s politics much, I’ve had the impression some who supported her are disappointed. Can any SCans reading this confirm or deny this?
(2) I mean, would you want Biden debating someone as telegenic and, well, intelligent as Haley?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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24 Responses to “Governor Nikki Haley facing indictment?”


  1. sdog says:

    PJ Tatler sez, “Hmmmmm”.

  2. Libertarian Advocate says:

    Sure smells an awful lot like the Stephens prosecution in Alaska that later bellied up on evidence of extreme prosecutorial misconduct by the DOJ.

  3. bryn says:

    SC statue of limitations on Fraud is 3 years from the point of discovery. I don’t see how DOJ gets involved, even if there was something wrong with the books, it would be a State issue.

  4. scooter says:

    she is hated by the left here in SC, and by a good many on the right as well. So far I am unimpressed with her….she pulled an “etch-a-sketch” and ran from her TEA party supporters that put her in office. But, then again, we “ain’t nothin’ but a bunch of toofless rednecks drankin byuhr and wavin’ rebel flags”.

  5. JCitizen says:

    Y’all just really cannot avoid the swamps of paranoia, can ya?

    For the record, do you reeeealy think that a half-term female governor, protoge of Sarah Palin, has the remotest chance of being picked as a VP candidate this year? Or that Obama would fear such a choice? -from the crucial swing state of S. Carolina????

    There is not one single issue of substance that you raise against Obama. There was nothing untoward in his effort to get Ms. Palmer off the ballot (after she had announced her retirement and encouraged him to run, then changed her mind). There is absolutely zero evidence that he or his campaign had anything to do with the leaking of Ryan’s divorce proceedings. There is zero evidence that he had anything to do with Palin’s Alaska problems – and, of course, he could only have fantasized about having Palin as his 2012 opponent.

    Its really sad to see a mind so twisted with partisan hatred that it is unable to think straight anymore.

  6. Chsgeecheegirl says:

    As a SC resident, I also question the timing. Lots of good ole boys here are still pretty steamed they got beat by a girl.

  7. mwl says:

    I still suspect Obama’s team was behind Herman Cain’s bimbo eruptions, as well.

  8. Carlos says:

    Well, JCitizen, there really ARE a lot of coincidences, but for messiah-worshippers they appear as fodder from a constituency that wants to screw around with the Constitution and make it mean something, like stopping unconstitutional activities by our last several presidents and making people own up to the fact that they, not everyone else, are supposed to be responsible for themselves.

    And I guess there’s a world of difference between Tax-cheat Timmy stiffing the country for all that money and “conveniently” finding some accounting problems right before an election, especially since the bookkeeper won a contested election and has an “R” beside her name.

    But don’t let us interfere with your outer-space radio reception.

    And Biden in a debate? Word is that in college he debated a turnip – and lost! The turnip was not only smarter, but didn’t stammer nearly as much.

  9. miguel cervantes says:

    I think you missed the sarcasm in JCitizen’s comments.

  10. SJ Reidhead says:

    Nikki is as corrupt as they came. Don’t blame the Dems, Obama, or paranoia. She’s dirty. There are more men in the background, the possibility of a love nest in DC, lap dances, the whole nine corrupt yards.

    The Pink Flamingo

  11. FireReadyAim says:

    So SJR a rumor about Nikki huh. Maybe she can help Corzine find the missing 1.6 bil or give Maxine some advice on banking, Rangel some tips on how to qualify for more subsidized apartments and what the best offshore shelters are. Maybe former gov blowgoyo needs some help with his book about ethics….. wait……those are not rumors….. maybe she is the “real killer” in both the OJ case and the Tayvon case…..

  12. steveegg says:

    I’m thinking it’s more payback for beating the NLRB on the Boeing issue than any possible VP threat. Remember that the motto of the modern Left is not “by any means necessary”, but “by every means possible”.

  13. Phineas says:

    Oh, good point, Steve! I’d forgotten about the NLRB issue. :-?

  14. Carlos says:

    Yep, miguel, sure did miss the sarcasm there.

    Matter a fact, I’ve reread it several times and still do. Sure sounds an awful lot like a lot of dead serious comments I find frequently on various conservative blogs.

    So enlighten me as to where the sarcasm is, please?

  15. Drew the Infidel says:

    If the Obhammud-coddling media can ignore a 2,700 page health care leviathan to go on an Alaskan witch hunt to paw through tens of thousands of Palin’s governmental e-mails, then theories of WH involvement are not all that far-fetched.

  16. Geo says:

    When Nikki ran for office she was hit with every dirty, vicous rumor that people could think of, some coming from Republicans. The voters rallied around her and refused to entertain the crap that was going on.

    Since taking office Nikki has been overwhelmingly unimpressive and seems to have picked up where the good ole boys left off. There has been a couple of incidents where she was forced to reimburse the State for unauthorized expenditures.

    Her endorsement of Rick Perry went nowhere and carried no weight in the State.

    Facing indictement the Lt Governor resigned from office about a month ago because he was hitting the political slush fund for personal use. The Senate President Pro Tem McConnell was required to leave his Senate seat and assume the Lt Governor position. He was not a happy camper over it.

    I don’t know of these specific allegations, but for some time now this appears to be a “full throttle, over the cliff” diaster in the making.

    Time will tell.

  17. Carlos says:

    Well, it seems to me that if we are holding Eric the Liar responsible for what’s going on at DoJ, shouldn’t at least the idea of Haley being involved with SC corruption be entertained?

    Seriously, this tends to look just a tad hypocritical now, doesn’t it? Is it any better to have a Republican corruptocrat than a jackass one?

    It all needs to be dealt with, swiftly and surely, let the chips fall where they may and let the accusers pay the court and investigation costs if the accusations prove false.

  18. Ken66 says:

    Looks like a fishing expedition looking for trash in the river to me. Yet another pack of lies from the Obamistas.

  19. Carlos says:

    Either Haley has stepped in it now to the point she won’t be able to extricate herself, or the initial accuser was a lying prog who cannot and will not be held responsible for trying to destroy Haley.

    She has given an interview that will air on April 3rd, in which she not only denies all the allegations but claims she was never a bookkeeper for the temple or the Sikhs, never wrote a check, never had anything to do with their finances.

    It’ll be interesting to see how that one plays out.

  20. steveegg says:

    It was a fishing expedition that couldn’t even find an old tire. The IRS dropped the investigation last fall.

  21. Phineas says:

    Yeah, I’ll have a post going up about that tomorrow. Closing the circle, and all that.

  22. miguel cervantes says:

    This came from Fits news, Will Folk’s slanderer from the campaign, laundered through another site, PPR, to make it seem respectable,