COLUMBIA — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s chief spokesman stepped down Monday to take a role in Haley’s expected re-election campaign.
Rob Godfrey told The Associated Press his new title is political adviser to the Republican governor.
Haley has yet to announce whether she’ll seek a second term, though it’s widely expected. Godfrey is the second top staffer in the governor’s office to return to campaign mode. Her former chief of staff, Tim Pearson, left her office last fall to run her potential 2014 campaign. Now her senior political adviser, Pearson also ran her 2010 campaign.
Godfrey has been Haley’s spokesman since she took office in January 2011. He was also chief spokesman for her transition team following her November 2010 election. Godfrey joined Haley’s campaign that summer after his former boss, former Attorney General Henry McMaster, lost his gubernatorial bid to the then-House member in a four-way primary.
“Rob has been a trusted friend and adviser to me, both in the last campaign and in my time as governor, and I appreciate his continued counsel as we move forward,” Haley said.
Doug Mayer will step into Godfrey’s role in the governor’s office. He joined Haley’s staff in January. He was previously spokesman for the New Jersey Republican Party and, prior to that, spokesman for Florida state Rep. Adam Hasner’s bid for U.S. Senate.
Godfrey’s salary as Haley’s spokesman was $74,160. Mayer was making $62,000. He confirmed Monday that, with his promotion, his salary will match Godfrey’s.
Godfrey entered South Carolina politics as spokesman for state Rep. Ralph Norman’s failed bid to oust former U.S. Rep. John Spratt in 2006. Godfrey went on to speak for the state Republican Party before joining McMaster’s gubernatorial campaign.