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Nikki Haley Gets Some Facebook Love

September 4, 2013

Gov. Nikki Haley's Facebook posting about locking herself out of the Governor's Mansion in her robe Wednesday morning garnered more reaction in a matter of hours than most of her postings this year.

"What not to do...getting locked out of the Governor's mansion in your robe while sending the kids off to school. sigh...#adayinthelife," Haley posted around 8:30 a.m.

Haley was seeing off her 11-year-old son, Nalin, at the time and her daughter, Rena, 15, opened the locked mansion door, the governor's office said. SLED agents take the governor's children to school.

The post received almost 4,000 likes and 400 comments, surpassing reaction to photos of her shooting guns at a Columbia arms maker in July and news about her husband's ongoing S.C. National Guard deployment in Afghanistan.

The governor posts her own content on Facebook and Twitter, her staff says. The Lexington Republican has been a frequent social-media user since her election in 2010. Her Facebook page has more than 61,000 followers.

She shares her views on legislation, news about her travels and, every so often, what happens in her home life with her husband, Michael, and their two children.

Last month, Haley asked her Facebook followers for help unlocking Rena's iPhone after Nalin tried to guess her pass code. "Anyone know how to fix this? #anotherdayinthehaleyhousehold #help," Haley wrote.

With Wednesday's post on the mansion mishap, a few people posted comments about the governor's appearance or how they would like to lock out her out of the mansion all together but most applauded Haley for sharing her everyday foibles.

"I LOVE how normal you are and your life is and I LOVE that you are not embarrassed by it!!!" Barbara Smith Shumpert commented on the governor's post.

S.C. Democrats, hoping to win the mansion in 2014, had their own politically tinged reaction to Haley revealing news of her lockout.

"File this under Fake Transparency, because it certainly is telling about Nikki Haley's priorities when it comes to sharing information with the people of South Carolina," the state party said in a release.


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