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Harpootlian Sparks Outrage By Comparing Gov. Nikki Haley to Hitler's Mistress

SC Democratic chair made the comment during a delegate breakfast on Wednesday morning.

During any political convention, the rhetoric tends to get more inflammatory than usual—even by today’s standard. But on Wednesday morning at a delegate breakfast, South Carolina’s State Democratic Party Chair, Dick Harpootlian, turned the temperature up considerably.

Harpootlian compared Gov. Nikki Haley to Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress. According to The State, Harpootlian, who appeared to make the comment in jest, drew the analogy in response to Haley’s press conference on Tuesday in the basement of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, where she, along with Rep. Tim Scott and three others Republicans, criticized Pres. Obama’s performance on the economy.

Braun committed suicide by swallowing cyanide capsules when Russia’s Red Army was closing in and bringing about the end of World War II in the European Theater. Her death took place in an underground bunker in Berlin where she had barricaded herself alongside Hitler, who took his life by shooting himself in the head. It's not clear to which aspect of Braun's biography Harpootlian was referring.

State Sen. Joel Lourie (D - Richland), who represents District 22 and is the only Jewish member of the General Assembly, said, "(Harpootlian) has a long history of making off-the-cuff statements, but any comparison between an American politician and Nazi Germany is completely inappropriate and there is no place for it."

Another longtime Democrat, who asked not to be identified said, "Sometimes our Chairman gets carried away with himself when he is in the media spotlight and says things that he thinks are cute or funny, but often they are only funny to him.”

Rob Godfrey, Gov. Haley's spokesman, said, "Gov. Haley fights everyday to change the image of our state, but every time Dick Harpootlian -- an attention-starved, anti-business trial lawyer and video poker cheerleader -- opens his mouth, he embarrasses our state."

SC GOP Chair Chad Connelly also rebuked Harpootlian saying, "I am disgusted by Harpootlian's comparison. He should apologize immediately." 

"I don't know what point (Harpootlian) was trying to make," Lourie said. "But this is a presidential campaign and we should be talking about real issues."

Ambassador September 06, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Hi Mr. Seigler: So "it's called the hi road". There is nothing "hi road" about the piece of garbage in the whitehouse. He is a narcissistic, moslem, communist who, with his wife, spends our money like a drunken sailor. I do not know how old you are but I can tell you that as far as I am concerned, another 4 years will leave this country a paltry 3rd world pile of yada yada with a debt that will consume literally our entire economy. I do not have a "hi road" when it comes to this piece of yada, yada and would not have a "hi road" with you if we should ever meet and you tell me how much respect you have for this unamerican terrorist wrapped in a presidential robe. He is truly a king with no clothes and he is NOT and NEVER will be my president.
stanley seigler September 06, 2012 at 02:08 PM
whatever. hi-lo road yo choice...but doubt your choice, lo road vitriol, impresses anyone...well maybe the KKK and nazi skin heads...butbutt; you really should get facts to back your vitriol...or; perhaps are just busting my whatever...
Mimi September 06, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I don't think it was necessary to make such a comparison of Nimrata, HOWEVER it is with her and the Republican party that so much hatred and division has been bestowed on the American people without any concern for the country. Nimrata is nothing but a mouth piece for the radical right. She has missed her opportunity to stand for the people of SC instead she choose the path of nonsense and self financial enrichment. Nimrata may not be Hitlers mistress, but she is useless as a governor. USELESS
Jonathan Allen September 06, 2012 at 10:24 PM
@Ambassador: easy there internet toughguy, you're skating mighty close to violating our terms of service with that thinly veiled implied threat toward another Patch user.
Bobby Singh September 08, 2012 at 05:20 AM
I am a moderate conservative, believe in pro life, less government, and lower taxes. With this said, if a conservative is elected, it will be gratifying because he shares my values, but in the long haul he is not going to feed me. I like to advise all my dear brothers and sisters, democrats and republicans, the future is in your hands, hard work and dedication is the key to success. Of course, good policies will help. Not as much as your hard work and dedication. God makese everything possible even for those who don't believe in Him. In the long run, what matters to me the most is putting food on the table, and no politician will invite to his/her house to feed me.

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