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S.C. Gov. Haley Buries the Hatchet with Georgia Gov. Deal

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By Drew MacKenzie   |  

The feud between South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is over.

Haley has apologized to Deal for ripping into him after her brother was stuck on a highway in Atlanta for 27 hours during last week’s winter storm.

Haley said she is no longer “furious” with her neighbor and fellow Republican governor, reports The State of Columbia, S.C.

"This was not me being furious at Georgia," she said. "This was me being furious as a sister not being able to get to her brother. I don't want this to be a state-to-state issue. Gov. Deal did what he thought was best."

Haley called Deal on Thursday to say sorry and Deal accepted, says Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Deal. "They’re good friends and good friends don't hold grudges," Robinson said.

The sniping began on Tuesday when Haley said about the storm, “While I was trying to fix South Carolina, I was furious at Georgia for not taking care of that."

She then praised her own state’s response to the weather that crippled the region. “When you go through a storm, whether it’s a hurricane or winter storm, our team stands ready," she said. "I am very proud of team South Carolina and the way they handled the storm."

Deal quickly fired back via Robinson, saying, “To say South Carolina did a better job responding to the storm than Georgia is like saying Tennessee did a better job than Louisiana responding to Hurricane Katrina. We experienced completely different weather events.”

And now, after having time to think about it, Haley is eating her words. "It was never meant to be a slight to Georgia or Gov. Deal," she said. "I would not do that because every governor goes through their own challenges."

Haley said she was upset because her brother, Mitti Randhawa, was caught in the storm after flying into the Atlanta airport and became trapped in his car on a nearby highway, along with thousands of other motorists.

She added that she was worried about her brother getting food and water because he’s a diabetic.

"I stayed on the phone with him as we were managing South Carolina at the same time," she said, adding that he eventually abandoned his car, walked to a nearby hotel, and camped out in the lobby.

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