It’s having the opposite effect than what was intended by the Republican Governor’s Association, who sponsored the ads, however.
The South Carolina Bar Association is criticizing the ad, and even launched a website in response. “What they’re attacking is the whole basis for the U.S. and the U.S. Constitution,” said president Alice Paylor. And according to the Association, the most recent case pointed out in the ad was 10 years ago, and all of the clients pleaded guilty. (Side note: the AP article on this ran by Post & Courier and The State mentions the responding website, but not by name, and does not list the site address, either; h/t to upstate’s WYFF-4 for including the link.)
Even fans of incumbent Nikki Haley are speaking against it. Former state Attorney General Charlie Condon, an active Republican and self-described fan of the governor, told Huffington Post “I really think the ad is beneath the dignity of Governor Haley herself and her campaign. I know it's an RGA ad, and I suppose she might say, 'They're running it and I'm not.' But she could certainly, since it's for her benefit obviously, call for them to take it down.”
The state Republican Party isn’t listening to its own members, though, as SCGOP Chair Matt Moore made clear. “This is not about due process or the right to have counsel. It’s about someone who wants to represent South Carolina not standing up for our citizens.” (Side note: a degree in engineering from 2005, a career in real estate, and brief work for Tim Scott don’t make Matt Moore any authority on law.)
These attacks also overlook an obvious counterargument: what was Haley’s career? She worked as an accountant at Exotica, a women’s clothing store in Lexington owned by her parents. She reported to the IRS, as well as to media in the state, that her income from the job was a mere $22,000. (The business was rumored to be a front for loan-sharking, don’t forget.)
So if the Republican Governor’s Association wants to claim an attorney can’t be governor because he was doing his job as an attorney, how the hell can they support a low-income bookkeeper who only worked for mom and dad? That qualifies?