COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) — South Carolina's Republican gubernatorial nominee is looking to bolster her key issue of government transparency by releasing her legislative e-mails — three months after they were requested.
State Rep. Nikki Haley's campaign allowed media to see thousands of pages' of legislative correspondence Friday afternoon. The campaign required reporters view the documents at her office and make no copies.
Haley has made government accountability and transparency a main issue. Democratic opponent Vincent Sheheen has criticized her for her reluctance to release her documents.
Almost immediately after the emails were released on Friday, Sheheen's campaign criticized the release by saying Haley did not release all of her emails. "The Freedom of Information deadline was August 2, but she delayed weeks and many of the emails have been deleted," said Sheheen spokesman Trav Robertson. "What did those emails say and why weren't they released? If Rep. Haley really believed in transparency, she would have never have dropped these right before the weekend, which is a classic trick by politicians to hide bad news. What does Rep. Haley have to hide?"
"The truth is, as we were going through the primary and runoff we didn't want to be distracted," responded Haley, though the runoff election was held on June 22. "It was a rough primary and rough runoff and we wanted to stay very much on focus."
Media outlets requested a review of Haley's e-mails after a political blogger claimed they had an affair. Haley has denied his allegation.Copyright 2010 WIS. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.