S.C. Governor Nikki Haley Apologizes for Calling Reporter ‘Little Girl’

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GOP South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley emerged from her last image crisis three months ago — an alleged affair with a political blogger, and another with a lobbyist — largely unscathed. But seems politicians just can't stay away from a good gaffe for too long. Governor Haley's slip-up came on Laura Ingraham's show this Thursday when she said the following about 25-year-old Charleston reporter Renee Dudley: "All I will tell you is: God bless that little girl at The Post and Courier. I mean her job is to try and create conflict." It's the "little girl" remark that really got people's attention, but what the governor was specifically referring to with that "conflict" reference was an article Dudley had recently published claiming the governor and her entourage had spent $127,000 on an S.C.-promotional tour of Europe that apparently netted no new investment or job-creating agreements.

Backpedaling yesterday, Governor Haley said:

The story painted a grossly inaccurate picture and was unprofessionally done, but my 'little girl' comment was inappropriate and I regret that. Everyone can have a bad day. I'll forgive her bad story if she'll forgive my poor choice of words.

Now that is one truly groveling apology.

Nikki Haley, GOP South Carolina governor: I regret calling reporter a 'little girl' on Ingraham show [NYDN]
European vacation or legitimate business? Haley's fiscal priorities under fire as summer 'jobs' trip detailed [Post and Courier]