UPDATED: Panel Reopens Haley Ethics Probe; Haley Responds
Panel will look into accusations that governor illegally lobbied while serving in legislature.
On Wednesday evening, Haley responded via her Facebook page:
"It's a shame that South Carolina's backwards political system is once again failing the people and that politics are trumping the law. I will do what I have done time and again throughout this process, before and after the claims were dismissed: be open and honest about my work as a legislator, and stay focused on the things that matter to South Carolina: getting our economy moving and reforming the backwards, good ole boy system of government that so clearly still thrives."
The South Carolina House Ethics Committee has voted to reopen a probe into whether Gov. Nikki Haley illegally lobbied while serving in the state legislature.
The unanimous vote reverses a decision earlier this month to drop the investigation, according to The State. GOP fundraiser John Rainey alleges several improprieties by Haley, chiefly that she lobbied for her former employer, Lexington Medical Center, while serving in the House.
Earlier this week, an Ethics Committee member pushed for South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson to open his own probe into the matter.
Media outlets reported earlier this week that Rainey submitted new evidence that bolsters his impropriety claim and states that Haley lied to the Ethics Committee.