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 she's been on her book tour."
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 permit the South Carolina DHEC Board of Trustees issued to the State of Georgia, 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.