Dems Senate Leader: Haley is 'Sikh Jesus'
Comments came on personal Twitter feed.
UPDATED 4:50 p.m. Thursday
Multiple media outlets are reporting that South Carolina GOP Chair Chad Connelly has called for the ouster of Phil Bailey.
The Twitter account of Bailey is reported to have been closed and Bailey ackowledged his comments were a mistake at a caucus lunch today with his colleagues.
Phil Bailey, the political director of the S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus, came under fire Wednesday night after calling Gov. Nikki Haley as the "Sikh Jesus" on his personal Twitter account.
Haley is a practicing Methodist whose parents were born in India. Sikh is one of the dominant religions in India.
The comments came in response to what Bailey thought was the governor's involvement at the hearing to determine the eligibility of State Senate District 23 candidate Katrina Shealy.
Haley's spokesperson Rob Godfrey said of the comments: "That speaks for itself."
Bailey is the co-host of Pub Politics, a radio show, that saw State Sen. Jake Knotts refer to Haley and President Obama as "ragheads" during Haley's election campaign in 2010.
A tape of Knotts' comments was leaked to the media yesterday.
Shealy plans to compete for Knotts' seat in the June Republican primary.
Bailey did not respond to a request from Patch to elaborate on his comments. He gloated when he was criticized via Twitter by Erick Erickson, the editor of Redstate.com, saying that he had "arrived."