Here’s one for the ‘No good deed goes unpunished’ file.
Gov. Nikki Haley created a stir among some circles recently when she congratulated Coastal Carolina University following its baseball team’s win over Arizona at the College World Series.
Haley flew the CCU Chanticleer flag for a day over the Statehouse dome.
The move apparently violated the same state law that Haley relied on to have the confederate flag removed from the Capitol last year following a hate-fueled massacre at a black church in Charleston. The 2000 law says that only the U.S. and state flag can fly over the dome, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Haley’s flagrant flag flaunt flustered South Carolina Secessionist Party Chairman James Bessenger, whose group supports the Confederate flag. Bessenger said he was considering filing a formal complaint against Haley, the AP reported.
The Charleston Post and Courier noted that other school flags were flown over the Capitol in 1981, 2010 and 2011 in honor of the athletic achievements of the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. And no one complained.
But that was before the Confederate flag came down.
Things are different now, apparently.