As if the campaign for Governor could not get any more circus like, enter State Senator Jakie Knotts of Lexington County. Knotts is known for his for old style constituent service and his colorful remarks. Some love Knotts. Some hate Knotts. Love him or hate him, Knotts has been a political force in Lexington County for 16 years.
Recently, Knotts colorful remarks landed him in political hot water and gave Nikki Haley a gift. On an internet show dubbed "Pub Politics," ran by politico Wes Donehue, Knotts offered the following about Nikki Haley: "We already got one raghead in the White House. We don't need one in the Governor's Mansion." Seventeen words and the President of the United States and the Republican front runner for Governor are insulted.
Knotts apologized as calls for him to apologize to Haley came from the all sorts of Republicans. Frankly, VUI thinks Knotts should apologize to the President of the United States as well. VUI does not care for President Obama's policies, but we also don't like a member of our State Senate calling the President of the United States a "raghead."
That said, Knotts remarks give Haley more sympathetic earned media in the final days of the primary campaign. Though VUI expressed how we don't care for the "woe is me" campaign, we also think that Southerners get tired of people picking on a woman. Some might think it sexist, but there are a lot of Southerners out there who think it is "pissant" to pick on a woman.
Add to those remarks the fact that two different sources have informed VUI that some unknown midlands politician is sending "damaging" photos of Haley to upstate news outlets, and well, an atmosphere is developing that could deliver Haley the GOP nomination. Then, of course, there is Lt. Governor Bauer's challenge to Nikki Haley to take a polygraph test to prove she is not lying. Where's a ringmaster when you need one?
Since voters might chose Haley because they are offended that a lady is so maligned, Haley should do the ladylike thing, and send Jakie Knotts a thank you note.