Harpootlian the Hooligan

'He is an angry, hateful man,' says SC Governor Nikki Haley of state Democratic chair



CHARLOTTE — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley blasted Dick Harpootlian, the top Democrat in her state, for comparing her to Adolf Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun.

“Dick Harpootlian is an angry, hateful man that continues to embarrass South Carolina every time he opens his mouth. I am spending every day trying to tell South Carolinians and the rest of the country why we should be proud of our state, and he spends every day trying to diminish that. So it’s just unfortunate,” Haley said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the Charlotte’s NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Harpootlian, an outspoken leader of the South Carolina Democratic Party, made waves when he invoked the Nazis to describe Haley’s appearance yesterday at a RNC press conference.

“She was down in the bunker a la Eva Braun,” Harpootlian told South Carolina delegates at the Democratic National Convention.

It was the third time Democrats have compared Republicans to Hitler’s murderous regime since the convention opened on Monday. Leading delegates from California and Kansas each likened Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan to top Nazis Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels.

Haley is in Charlotte as part of the Romney campaign’s rebuttal team, which holds daily press conferences to shed light on President Obama’s reelection campaign and convention.

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Bill McMorris is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He joins the Beacon from the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, where he was managing editor of Old Dominion Watchdog. He was a 2010 Robert Novak Fellow with the Phillips Foundation, where he studied state pension shortfalls. His work has been featured on CNN, Fox News, The Economist, Colbert Report, and numerous print publications and radio stations. He is a 2008 Cornell University graduate and lives in Alexandria, Va with his wife Teresa and daughter Olivia. His Twitter handle is @FBillMcMorris. His email address is mcmorris@freebeacon.com.