At GOP confab, Haley blasts Republicans in legislature

At GOP confab, Haley blasts Republicans in legislature

By Bill Barrow

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley has launched a new offensive against Republican legislators she says are not conservative enough on taxes, debt and other matters.

Speaking at the South Carolina state Republican convention, Haley told delegates that the overwhelmingly majority of Republicans in the GOP-controlled House and Senate have violated GOP principles in recent years by pushing a legislative pay raise, new bond debt and higher taxes to pay for road construction.

The Republican governor urged party faithful to pressure their fellow GOP lawmakers to toe the line.

Haley has fought with the legislature before, but her speech Saturday marked a new level of aggressiveness in trying to use her public profile to pressure the legislature.

Most convention delegates applauded the governor's remarks, though some lawmakers were visibly aggravated during her speech.

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