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Unions Sue South Carolina Governor for Opposing Them

This just might be our favorite story of the year so far:

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is facing her first big lawsuit after saying the state would try to keep unions out of the Boeing Inc. plant in North Charleston.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston by the International Association of Machinists and AFL-CIO asked for a court order telling Haley and her director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to butt out and remain neutral in matters concerning union activities.

“There’s no secret I don’t like the unions,” Haley said when asked about the litigation. “We are a right-to-work state. I will do everything I can to defend the fact we are a right-to-work state. We are pro-business by nature. I want us to continue to be pro-business. If they don’t like what I said, I’m sorry, that’s how I feel.”

We can’t decide what’s best about this. Is it Haley fearlessly standing up to organized labor? Or is it the comical gumption of the unions who think they can sue someone for expressing an opinion? Actually we have decided: it’s the former. A spokesman for Haley went on to say that if “the machinists are offended that the Governor doesn’t think unions are a good thing in South Carolina, they’re just going to have to get used to it.”

South Carolina has found its very own, personal Chris Christie.

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