‘Raghead’ Haley comment the latest flap in S.C. race

Seanna Adcox
Washington Times
6/4/2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A GOP lawmaker hoping to be the state’s first female governor is getting publicity for all the wrong reasons.

First a political blogger said he and Rep. Nikki Haley had an inappropriate physical relationship when he worked for her in 2007. Then a lobbyist said he had a one-night stand with her in a Salt Lake City hotel room during a school choice conference.

On Thursday, state Sen. Jake Knotts used an ethnic slur to refer to Haley, whose parents immigrated from India.

“We’ve got a raghead in Washington, we don’t need a raghead in the Statehouse,” Knotts said on an Internet political talk show. He later apologized, saying the remarks were meant as a joke.

Haley, who was born a Sikh and describes herself as a Methodist, called it another shameful attack. It’s not clear if the flaps are damaging the tea party favorite, who has been endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Her rivals had privately said internal polls show her with a lead going into Tuesday’s primary…

…Raghead is a derogatory term used for people of Middle Eastern or Indian descent…

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