Haley calls accuser 'racist, sexist bigot' at hearing - FOX Carolina 21

Haley calls accuser 'racist, sexist bigot' at hearing

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SC Gov. Nikki Haley (File/FOX Carolina) SC Gov. Nikki Haley (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was called as a witness in a surprise move by her attorneys at her ethics hearing.

Haley's attorney called her as a witness Thursday evening. She said she wants the truth to be told, adding that she's done nothing wrong.

While on the stand, Haley called out Republican activist John Rainey, the man who accused her of ethics violations. Haley said Rainey insulted her family during her campaign for governor when he said he did not want to later discover she was related to terrorists.

When asked why Rainey has been so vigilant in pushing for a second ethics investigation against her, Haley responded with somewhat surprising testimony.

"With all due respect, Mr. Rainey is a racist, sexist bigot who has done everything in his power to hurt me and my family," Haley said while on the stand.

It's been alleged that, as a state representative between 2005 and 2010, Haley engaged in illegal lobbying while working as a consultant for a highway engineering company and also as a hospital fundraiser.

Haley maintains that she acted within the law in her work for Lexington Medical Center and Wilbur Smith Associates. She's said that her work on the hospital's open-heart center application was for her constituents, not an employer.

Her attorney said the Republican activist whose complaint launched an investigation and the hearing was in the wrong.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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