According to WCBD-TV in Charleston, The Haley for Governor campaign is saying that Sarah Palin will endorse Nikki Haley for Governor of South Carolina Friday:
Palin and Haley will make a joint appearance in Columbia on Friday at 5:30 pm.Erick Erickson, who has been lobbying for some time now for Gov. Palin to endorse Haley, seems pleased by the news.
Haley released a statement saying, “It is a tremendous honor to receive Governor Palin’s endorsement. Sarah Palin has energized the conservative movement like few others in our generation. She has helped millions of Americans find the power of their voice. I am extremely proud that she has offered her support to my candidacy.“
Haley earned a degree in accounting from Clemson University and went to work for the FCR Corporation after college. In 1994, she joining her family's business, which has since grown into a a multi million dollar company. She was named to the Board of Directors of the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and to the Board of Directors of the Lexington Chamber in 2003. Haley became treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2003 and president of the organization in 2004.
She began her political career in 2004, running for a seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Running as an anti-tax and fiscal conservative with an emphasis on education, Haley defeated the longest-serving member of the House in a runoff election and began representing Lexington County. An American of Indian Punjabi heritage, Nikki Haley is the first Indian American Republican in the U.S. to serve as a state legislator.
Updates: The buzz is that the endorsement will be announced at the Statehouse.
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Palin spokesman Jason Recher confirms that the governor will campaign for Haley in SC Friday.
More coverage from the Charleston Post and Courier, The State and the Associated Press.