Democrats call Gov. Haley a hypocrite as she pushes bill for ethics reform

Published: Nov. 18, 2013 at 11:10 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Governor Haley is demanding lawmakers be more open with the public.

Haley says one of her top priorities is for politicians to reveal how much they make and where their money is coming from. But the governor is being called a hypocrite by the Democratic Party.

Haley stopped at the College of Charleston Monday to push ethics reform.

"Getting everybody outside of South Carolina to see that we have a true accountable government," said Haley.

The governor pointed out that the state scored an "F" on a corruption risk report card issued last year.

Haley said, "We can't afford any black eyes like this."

Haley says there are two topics that are important to her. One is for lawmakers to reveal how much they make.

The governor referenced a map showing South Carolina as one of four states in the country that doesn't require lawmakers to make their income public.

Haley also wants a separate committee to investigate lawmakers, taking it out of the hands of House and Senate committees.

The governor's push for ethics reform hasn't gone undisputed; the state's Democratic Party is speaking out against her actions.

In a statement, the Democratic Party said Nikki Haley is a prime example of why South Carolina so badly needs ethics reform and her lip service is astoundingly hypocritical.

Last year, Governor Haley was cleared of ethics violations. She was accused of lobbying while she was a member of the house.

Just two months ago the State Ethics Commission director said the governor should reimburse taxpayers for mileage in state vehicles to her campaign events.

Haley says she's no hypocrite.

"We're going to get this done regardless of whose governor because it's not partisan. This was never partisan. It's not going to be partisan and if I have anything to do with it, we're going to get it passed in spite of all of the politics in the middle of it."

Lawmakers are expected to debate the ethics reform bill when session resumes in January.

Tuesday the governor will take part in the Republican Governors Association Conference In Scottsdale Arizona. Haley will be there through the end of the week.

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