Palmetto Sunrise: The pols descend on Charleston

12/20/10 Columbia, SC: Gov. Nikki Haley official portrait. ¬ Photos by Renee Ittner-McManus/

As the Post and Courier's Schuyler Kropf put it, you couldn't turn a crooked corner around Charleston on Thursday without bumping into one of the state's top-tier politicians.

Perhaps the day's biggest news belonged to Gov. Nikki Haley, who announced in a whirlwind statewide tour that she had garnered the endorsement of the state Chamber of Commerce.

According to a news release from the chamber, the group is endorsing Haley because she "has demonstrated a deep commitment to job creation and economic development, making both her top priorities."

Four years ago, the chamber endorsed Democrat Vincent Sheheen, whom Haley meets in November in a rematch of their 2010 race.

Sheheen said in a release the chamber announcement isn't surprising and reflects a trend in chamber decision-making that favors big, out-of-state corporations at the expense of small businesses.

The Democrat spent his day discussing education issues with teachers. Kids in poorer school districts should have the same opportunities as children in wealthy districts, Sheheen said.

"It is just immoral that our children's opportunity depends on where they were born. I want us to move toward having real equity in public education," Sheheen said.

The early August politicking could be a sign of things to come as the November election seems like it's right around the corner.

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