State lawmakers say they don’t know where Haley is, and her office refused to say where she connected after arriving at Dulles. Haley is scheduled to return to South Carolina today.
But before anyone makes jokes about Haley’s predecessor, Mark Sanford (R), who left the governor’s office in disgrace after admitting to carrying on an extramarital affair in Argentina while supposedly hiking the Appalachian Trail, Haley is much more likely to be in Europe, wooing businesses.
“Gov. Haley’s highest priority since taking office has been bringing jobs to every part of our state, and, to that end, the governor and Commerce officials are traveling on an economic development mission,” Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said in an e-mail. “Due to the competitive nature of economic development, ongoing projects are confidential, but we will release details of the governor’s trip, including the costs of travel, as soon as we are able to.”
Haley’s office notified Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster (R) that she would be out of the state.
Both Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover are looking for new sites for expansion. The two companies have reached out to states in the Southeast to discuss economic incentive packages that would entice them to invest millions of dollars in a plant and, presumably, generate hundreds of new jobs. The Geneva International Motor Show is happening this week in Switzerland.
Haley’s administration is obsessive about claiming credit for jobs that come to South Carolina. In the past few weeks, her office has touted five new jobs created at a polymer manufacturer in Chester County, 200 jobs at a furniture retailer in York County and 25 jobs at an engineering manufacturing company in Latta, S.C.
And Haley isn’t the only governor who keeps her economic development travel plans hush-hush. In January, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) traveled to Britain on a business development trip, but his office declined to discuss it until economic commissioner Chris Carr confirmed the destination in a Facebook post.