Protesters Greet Haley at Book Signing

About a dozen protesters lined up on King Street while Gov. Nikki Haley signed copies of her book, "Can't Is Not an Option," at Blue Bicycle Books

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley brought her national book tour back to the Palmetto State Monday.

About a dozen protesters lined up outside Blue Bicycle Books on King Street ahead of Haley's 6 p.m. book signing event. Meanwhile, about 40 people bought copies of her memoir, "Can't Is Not an Option," and lined up to have her sign it.

"I think someone needs to tell her she needs to be accountable," protester Chris Covert said. "She hasn't done anything in the Governor's Office in weeks while ."

Characterizing the protest as a bipartisan effort, Covert said the group organized on Facebook, via email and through word-of-mouth.

"She doesn't have a high-approval rating, that's why we're here," Covert added.

"I think Nikki Haley is one of the worst governors in the country," Jonathan Edwards said. "I'm tired of having a governor taking side trips. We rank last in all measures of governance."

Lee Ann Edwards, a teacher, attended the protest with a sign critical of Haley's refusal of $144 million in federal education funds.

"She was the only governor in the country to reject the federal funding," she said.

But plenty of other people that came out to Blue Bicycle Books were happy to see the governor, some bought several copies of her book.

"I think she's doing an outstanding job, even with all of the distractions," Sam Kirton said. "She tries not to waste the taxpayer money."

Kirton said he is happy with Haley's record so far of bringing more jobs to South Carolina, and noted she would be making another announcement of new manufacturing jobs tomorrow.

After everyone in line had gotten their copies of the book signed, Haley held a short question and answer session with the media in attendance, during which she shrugged off the protesters.

"There will always be naysayers," Haley said.

She added that her office was aware that the State Supreme Court announced today it would hear the case regarding a, over the objections of the DHEC staff. She added that she was not concerned with the announcement.

Haley also said all of the proceeds from the sales of her book will go the Original Six Foundation, a charitable organization Haley founded to help fund community-based projects across South Carolina.

Haley also again said she would not accept an offer to serve as Vice-President, or in any Cabinet post.

Ken April 10, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Nothing like a governor that cares more about peddling her book than actually doing the job the people elected her to do. This book promotion tour proves that the only person in this state that she gives a damn about is Nikki Haley.
Dr. John April 10, 2012 at 03:40 AM
You think she would get more praise considering she has had 7 straight months of improvement in decreasing unemployment in our state.
JoSCh April 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I suspect it has more to do with American businesses tired of stagnating because they've been told that they shouldn't be *confident* about what the economy might do, so instead of waiting and watching they're just fixing it themselves by getting to work.
Anne Bull April 10, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I have noticed the Patch tends to be very negative when reporting on our Governor. Do you work for the State as well?
Hobby April 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Wow, a whole dozen protesters showed up! In other words, around 70,000 plus didn't show up. Sad what gets the headlines as news...


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