COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley was in Missouri on Monday campaigning and raising money for gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway less than a month before that state’s crowded GOP primary.
The schedule included two public events and two fundraisers, according to Hanaway’s campaign. The fundraisers, in Carthage and St. Louis, cost $50 and $100, respectively, according to Hanaway’s campaign website. The public events were in Joplin and St. Louis.
Local reports show Hanaway recently started a “Show Me Jobs Tour” to highlight her economic priorities. Haley, the self-described “jobs governor” who credits her leadership for creating thousands of jobs since 2010, will give Hanaway a boost as she rolls out her economic agenda. Hanaway told radio host Jamie Allman on FM News Talk 97.1 in St. Louis that one event would be jobs-related.
Allman described Haley, who was not on the radio, as a “well-known and awesome conservative.”
A tweet sent by Hanaway’s campaign Twitter account said, “It is a blessing to have the support of a conservative Governor.” It pictured Haley, Hanaway and a supporter at the Carthage fundraiser.
Requests for comment from the Hanaway campaign were not immediately returned.
This is Haley’s second trip to Missouri on Hanaway’s behalf. Haley was initially slated to campaign for Hanaway last June but canceled the trip which was scheduled for the day after the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The Hanaway campaign later spent $2,500 to fly Haley round-trip to St. Louis Nov. 9 and 10, according to disclosures filed by Haley this March. The campaign footed $271 for meals and accommodations. Hanaway also gave Haley $25 worth of “charms.”
Hanaway is the only female candidate in the four-way Republican primary Aug. 2. She is a former federal prosecutor and former speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Four Democrats are also running for the nomination and chance to replace Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon this November. Nixon is ineligible for re-election due to term limits.
Haley’s office does not publicly disclose her schedule of political events. Based on media reports, since U.S. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s failed presidential bid ended in March, she’s headlined the Tennessee Republican Party’s Statesmen’s Dinner on May 13, and participated in an event with Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie in Richmond on May 17.
Haley is scheduled to attend the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland, but will play a smaller role than she did in the 2012 GOP gathering.