Politics

Gov. Nikki Haley Calls Reporter "Little Girl" for Report on $100K France Trip

| by Michael Allen

South Carolina’s first female governor, Nikki Haley, called 25-year-old reporter Renee Dudley a “little girl” over an article that detailed at least $127,000 in taxpayer dollars the governor and other state officials spent on a European economic development trip.

On 'The Laura Ingraham Show,' Republican Gov. Nikki Haley was asked about the article by Dudley: "And 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. My job is to create jobs. In the end I’m going to have jobs to show for it."

Dudley's story detailed a weeklong trip in June by Haley and two dozen others, which included stays at five-star hotels, drinks at the Ritz Paris and an upgraded chalet at the Paris Air Show, where the state had previously rented a booth.

With a Boeing Co. manufacturing plant in North Charleston and BMW Manufacturing in Greer, South Carolina, Haley said she needed to court aerospace companies at the Paris event and manufacturers in Munich.