Posted: 3:03 pm Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Nikki Haley takes a shot at Nathan Deal over Snowjam response 

By Greg Bluestein

Given that it’s an election year, Gov. Nathan Deal surely expected criticism from Democrats and his GOP challengers over the state’s response to the epic traffic jam that ground Atlanta to an icy halt last week.

But Deal might not have expected a fellow Republican governor to pile on.

In a Tuesday speech, South Carolina’s Nikki Haley told a Charleston civic club that her brother was stuck on an interstate in Atlanta for 27 hours during the gridlock that stranded tens of thousands on roads and thousands of students in classrooms. From the Charleston Regional Business Journal:

“While I was trying to fix South Carolina, I was furious at Georgia for not taking care of that,” she said.

 She complimented South Carolina’s Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies, as well as the state’s National Guard, for their work during the storm.

“When you go through a storm, whether it’s a hurricane or winter storm, our team stands ready,” Haley said. “I am very proud of team South Carolina and the way they handled the storm.”

Now, some might be suspicious that, by pointing to Georgia, Haley was trying to persuade her audience that the closing of Charleston’s all-important Ravenel Bridge, which froze over and was closed, was small potatoes by comparison.

In any case, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson offered this when confronted with Haley’s jab:

“To say South Carolina did a better job responding to the storm than Georgia is like saying Tennessee did a better job than Louisiana responding to Hurricane Katrina. We experienced completely different weather events.”

5 comments
Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

Me thinks target on Governor's back was enhanced by the beautiful Monday we enjoyed right before the storm.

JackWahl
JackWahl

What's teabagger for Et tu Brute?   lol

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Hmmmm I thought only liberal democrats criticized Governor Deal.

Maybe the fake centrist should write Governor Haley a strongly worded letter letting her know the error of her ways.

honested
honested

nikki haley, I knew there must be somebody lower on the opinion totem pole for the average Georgian than paul broun, and there she is!

Bernie31
Bernie31

You know things are BAD when one Republican Governor is being criticized by another Republican Governor, A Woman at That! lol!

I cannot Believe Charlie English Director Of GEMA has NOT Been Handed his HAT!

Dear Leader Loves to Gamble doesn't he?  Dear Leader is being a Stubborn OLD MAN......

heh....heh....heh...heh..heh.

uh...huh

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