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Dems Say Haley Shirking Duties While Charleston Floods

While Charleston is flooded, Haley is working on her image at GOP convention in Tampa, Democrats charge.

Gov. Nikki Haley is in Tampa tonight cementing her role in national Republican politics while the state's second-largest city is recovering from widespread flooding.

That's the charge from the South Carolina Democratic Party, which says the first-term governor should be back in the Palmetto State like other Southern governors facing impacts from Hurricane Isaac.

"South Carolina is suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Isaac as the streets of Charleston fill with water," said party spokeswoman Amanda Loveday in a media statement.

"The Governor of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are all in their states making sure their citizens property and lives are safe and secure," she wrote. "Nikki Haley once again proved that politics, not the people of her state, are most important."

A message seeking comment from Haley's spokesman was not returned Tuesday evening. Haley was set to speak at the convention at 9:45 p.m.

Charleston came to a halt around noon Tuesday when as much as four inches of rain pelted the city. It's not uncommon for low-lying parts of the historic downtown to flood, but Tuesday's event was more severe than usual.

As much a four feet of water flooded cars and caused businesses and two colleges to close their doors. By evening, most of the water had receded and things were getting back to normal.

The heavy rain was caused by a spin-off of Hurricane Isaac, which was set to make landfall this evening in New Orleans.

JoSCh August 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
/rimshot Wait, are you denying global warming?
Ambassador August 29, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Ms. Flowers said it all; typical ridiculous comments from ridiculous people. As for global warming I have one word for those who embrace this and blame it on our "carbon footprint"---the word is "sun". In case you do not know what it is, it is that big yellow orb in our sky that can cook this whole planet with one big "burb" regardless of how many cars earthpersons drive.
JoSCh August 29, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Sometimes when I drive downtown I can't get through all the bison in the road, since there are still many many millions of them in the US. People can't affect the environment, everybody knows this.
Freedomcalls August 30, 2012 at 05:14 AM
I heard that the Joseph P. Riley Crosstown Canal was flooded again. Isn't it in a minority neighborhood? Was the Gaillard flooded as well? Maybe not.
JR September 04, 2012 at 11:48 AM
1974 Joe Riley ran for mayor on a promise to fix drainage issues. Now that it is his last term 38 years later they are supposed to be fixed. The fixes didn't work! What do you expect from a Democrat & liflong politician? This really isn't Haley's problem. If it was we would have to blame all the Govs all the way back to 1974!

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