Gov. Nikki Haley: 'I am not going to answer any of your questions'

It's not unusual for politicians to avoid tough questions, or snub reporters that they don't like, but Gov. Nikki Haley is once again drawing flak for publicly chastising a reporter whom she has had differences with.

While touring the state to promote a package of proposed ethics reforms, Haley told The State's Gina Smith that, "Gina, I am not going to answer any of your questions."

Haley then followed up on Facebook saying, "In response to my refusal to answer Gina Smith's question today: she is the same reporter that 1)wrote a Front Page, Above the Fold story about me being indicted, with no truth what so ever. 2)She went on to write a story about my 14 year old daughter without having the facts, against the urging of SLED Chief Keel that said it was unprecedented to write about a governor's child knowing the safety concerns. Respect is a two way street."

(Background on the ethics story is here and the story on the state job for Haley's daughter is here.)

It's not the first time Haley has had a public chastising incident with the a female member of the media (see also: "little girl"), and the governor's handling of the situations continues to draw questions.

I think The Sun New said it nicely, "It’s one thing to talk around questions or avoid incriminating answers; most politicians have honed that skill. It’s another to demean and ignore the hard-working journalists attempting to get your message out to the world and then hold personal grudges when they don’t write what you’d like. We like our leaders to be a little more adult than that, please."

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