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Nikki Haley Endorsed by State’s Leading Network of Fiscal Conservatives

May 6, 2010

Nikki Haley Endorsed by State’s Leading Network of Fiscal Conservatives
Columbia, S.C. – Today, SC Club for Growth PAC endorsed State Representative Nikki Haley (R-Lexington) for South Carolina governor.

In endorsing Representative Haley, SC Club for Growth PAC Chairman Chad Walldorf said, “Nikki Haley clearly stands above the other candidates in the governor’s race given her strong record as a fiscal conservative and reformer. She has been a leader in the effort to control government spending while also pushing for increased accountability and personal liberty.

“We have seen Rep. Haley’s incredible work in the South Carolina legislature and are thrilled to have a candidate with her track record running for our state’s top office. As our governor, Nikki Haley will continue to make South Carolina more business friendly, protect our hard-earned tax dollars, and perhaps most importantly, shine a light on the darkest corners of state bureaucracy.”
About SC Club for Growth PAC
South Carolina Club for Growth PAC is the state’s largest network of fiscal conservatives dedicated to expanding the prosperity of working families through the Reagan doctrine of lower taxes, smaller government and strong free enterprise.

SC Club for Growth PAC’s efforts are funded through the contributions of hundreds of South Carolinians from around the state. In the past two election cycles, SC Club for Growth PAC members have contributed approximately $750,000 to the Club’s endorsed candidates who won a total 39 of 55 races – a combined winning percentage of over 70%.

Full endorsement letter sent to SC Club for Growth PAC members:

Representative Nikki Haley for South Carolina Governor Dear Members,

Our fight to reform and modernize South Carolina’s state government is at a critical point. We’ve made some incredible gains in the past two election cycles, and momentum is on our side – as South Carolinians from all walks of life are rallying for honest, accountable government. Now, it’s time to choose our next governor. As reform-minded South Carolinians, we have a clear choice on June 8.

Nikki Haley clearly stands above the other candidates in the governor’s race given her strong record as a fiscal conservative and reformer
. She has been a leader in the effort to control government spending while also pushing for increased accountability and personal liberty.Even against her own party leadershipEven when they were in the majority.

The daughter of immigrants, Nikki Haley embodies the American dream. She learned the value of a dollar early in life, as her parents trusted her to keep the books at their family business when she was just 13 years old. Haley later graduated from Clemson University with an accounting degree, which she has used to help grow both large and small businesses. Notably, Haley helped her family’s business grow into a multi-million dollar operation and also served as President of the Midlands Association of Women Business Owners.

Nikki Haley’s rise in South Carolina politics is simply inspiring. She was first elected to represent the 87th District in Lexington County in 2004, when as a virtual unknown, she beat the state’s longest serving state legislator in a Republican primary. In 2008, Rep. Haley was re-elected after earning 83 percent of the vote – the highest percentage earned by any state lawmaker facing a contested election.

Through hard work, focus, and sheer determination, Nikki Haley has single-handedly changed the political conversation in Columbia. Her work to cut taxes, slow the growth of government spending, and require more “on the record” votes has drawn the scornful eye of Columbia’s ruling political class. Some status-quo legislative leaders of her own party have even resorted to political mudslinging, legislative tricks, and punishing Rep. Haley for her efforts. However, her message and leadership continue to shine through.

Rep. Haley was named a 2009 “Friend of the Taxpayer” by the S.C. Association of Taxpayers and a 2005 “Taxpayer Hero” by Governor Mark Sanford. She has been lauded by other groups such as the Palmetto Family Council, the National Rifle Association, the S.C. Policy Council and the S.C. Federation of Republican Women. Rep. Haley was also one of less than two dozen State Representatives and Senators to earn SC Club for Growth’s coveted “Taxpayer Champion” award in 2009.

Most impressively, out of 124 members, Rep. Haley has earned the highest cumulative score of any South Carolina House member on SC Club for Growth’s “Legislative Scorecards” over the past five years. We have seen Rep. Haley’s incredible work in the South Carolina legislature and are thrilled to have a candidate with her track record running for our state’s top office. As our governor, Nikki Haley will continue to make South Carolina more business friendly, protect our hard-earned tax dollars, and perhaps most importantly, shine a light on the darkest corners of state bureaucracy.

June 8th is fast approaching – and there’s no time to waste. I hope you will please join me in making a generous contribution to Nikki Haley’s campaign for governor. (Click here to contribute)

Sincerely,

Chad Walldorf
Chairman, SC Club for Growth PAC

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