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Political Cronyism Lives on in the Tea Party

The Tea Party promised to get away from crony politics as usual, so why is it that new South Carolina governor Nikki Haley just dumped a widely respected member of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees and replaced her with someone who donated money to Haley’s political campaign?

Students at the university reacted strongly, and have started an online petition to have the former trustee, Darla Moore, reinstated. “Looking at it from the perspective of a student, it seems incredible to me that someone on the board of trustees for this university could be replaced with someone that fits a political agenda.” “As a student at this university, specifically at the Darla Moore School of Business, I’m disgusted, embarrassed and definitely don’t think that it’s a good decision in any way for our school or any of the students here.”

Moore worked tirelessly and donated her own money to improve the business school at the University, which is now named for her. Ironically, the same day her ouster became public, the business school also announced that their graduate international business program is now ranked number two in the country by US News and World Report.