Tea Party Governor of SC replaces $70mil donor on USC Board of Trustees with a man who donated $4500 to her election campaign →
Governor Nikki Haley has removed philanthropic businesswoman Darla Moore from the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees, and replaced her with a donor to Haley’s gubernatorial campaign.
Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said Moore’s removal happened on March 10, but was not made public until Tuesday. “As is the case with many of our appointees, the governor looked for a fresh set of eyes to put in a critical leadership position –- a governor’s appointee to the USC board,” said Godfrey.
That “fresh set of eyes” is Lexington attorney Thomas Cofield, a Columbia native and USC graduate who Haley appointed to Moore’s former seat. State ethics reports show Cofield gave $4,500 to Haley’s gubernatorial campaign.
I’d say “politics aside,” but this is purely political. This Tea Party governor replaced a woman who has pledged over $70 million of her own money over the past 13 years. Part of the school is named after her. And her replacement? A guy who donated $4500 to the governor’s election campaign. “Despicable” doesn’t begin to describe it.