According to Mauldin officials, it was the first time a South Carolina governor has spoken at City Hall. And it showed. An overflow, standing room-only crowd turned out to attend a town hall with Gov. Nikki Haley.
Watch the entire Town Hall in the attached video.
The event lasted about an hour and Haley took questions from the audience, inviting the crowd to "ask me anything."
Haley spoke about her successes and challenges during her first 20 months on the job. She said that while much has been accomplished, much still needs to be done, particularly in the areas of ethics reform, election reform and most importantly, the economy.
Haley tied improving educational opportunities to improving the economy an effort that she said is a top priority.
The governor passed on a chance to criticize House Speaker Bobby Harrell for his recent reimbursement controversy and said that justice needs to take its course. But, she added that the system of the legislature's self-policing on ethics and election matters is a case of the "fox guarding the henhouse" and needs to be changed.
In addition, Haley also explained her endorsement of Mitt Romney and said she would decline an part in a potential Romney Administration. "Y'all are stuck with me," she said.
Finally, the governor expressed the hope that November election will feature success from the many petition candidates seeking office after having been bounced from ballots during the ongoing controversy on candidate eligibility.
Starting at 6 p.m. tonight, Patch will stream Gov. Nikki Haley's town hall live from Mauldin on government responsibility. The video will appear on this page shortly before 6 p.m.
If you cannot attend the event in person and would like to ask the governor a question, you can do so in several ways.
- Ask in the comments section below.
- Ask via the SC Patch Politics Facebook page here.
- Ask via the SC Patch Politics Twitter feed here and use the hashtag #AskGovHaley.
- Send an email to email@example.com.
If you can't see the video on this page, you can find it here on YouTube.