A person in elected office lets voters know their thoughts before he or she takes office. A person who signs up to be on the ballot lets citizens know how he or she will represent them.
Gov. Nikki Haley just told voters in the last gubernatorial race that she wouldn’t leave the state no matter what — she will be here throughout her whole term for the people who put her in office.
Consequently, she made an informal oral contract with the press and the public to be governor for the duration of her term.
Breaching that contract would shatter voters’ hearts and leave our state in less-than mint condition.
Additionally, if she is picked to be an ambassador, she would be spending more money on personal expenses and just making a little bit more on paper than what she is paid from the state at this time.
However, she won’t be able to give jobs to her entire senior staff, and some of them will be scrambling for other work to do.
Her whole senior staff will probably not be able to make partner at any firm they join immediately or assume posts in state government at a higher level than they’re now. Heck, we should know by watching “The West Wing,” “Suits” or “Soul Food” how difficult it is after a career-adjusting moment.
Therefore, she doesn’t need to renege on her promises to the state and her senior staff by accepting a new berth in the next presidential administration before her term as governor expires.
We trusted what Gov. Nikki Haley told us, and I hope she honors it.
Jordan Thomas Cooper is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is the first African-American to serve in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s office as an aide in South Carolina and has worked on several Republican candidates’ national campaigns.