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Nikki Haley sells Lexington County home; to stay in NY as son finishes high school

Nikki Haley: There will always be a part of me in the Carolinas

Former South Carolina Gov. and current United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was named the 2018 Citizen of the Carolinas on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Charlotte, NC. Haley expressed her love for the two Carolinas during her acceptance speech.
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Former South Carolina Gov. and current United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was named the 2018 Citizen of the Carolinas on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Charlotte, NC. Haley expressed her love for the two Carolinas during her acceptance speech.

Outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, the former S.C. governor, plans to stay in New York for the time being.

“South Carolina will always be home for Ambassador Haley and her family, and they look forward to returning to their friends and family in the Palmetto State after her son (Nalin, 17) finishes high school” in New York, Haley spokesperson Chaney Adams wrote in an email.

Haley’s daughter, Rena, is a student at Clemson University.

Haley and her husband, Michael, sold their five-bedroom, 3,541-square-foot Lexington County home at 340 Governor’s Grant Blvd. for $405,000 to Brian and Lauren Prahl of Lexington, according to online property records.

The sale first was reported by the S.C. political blog Fits News.

Haley, 46, announced in October that she would resign at the end of the year. It is unclear what her next move will be.

The Bamberg native has been mentioned as a potential running mate for President Donald Trump in 2020, if Vice President Mike Pence is not on the GOP ticket.

Haley also could transition to a lucrative private-sector job, said former S.C. Republican Party chairman Katon Dawson, adding he would not count out the Republican seeking elected office again.

“She’s a very popular Republican politician, and I think the sky’s the limit for her,” he said.

An April Quinnipiac University poll found that 63 percent of U.S. voters — including 55 percent of Democrats surveyed — approved of Haley’s job performance.

Dawson also said he has seen a lot of interest from corporations, with which he has done business, that are hoping to have Haley join their board of directors.

“Nikki Haley is a good fit for any corporation, with her international background and being a former chief executive officer of South Carolina,” he said. “But she’s not prepared to have those conversations until she’s fully left her job.”

As The State previously reported, Haley will be leaving public office with up to $1 million in debt, according to her public financial disclosure that she made as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

In January, the Haleys also sold a Lexington commercial property with an outstanding mortgage previously owned by the ambassador’s parents, who ran a family clothing store.

Michael Haley acquired the Sunset Boulevard property for $5 from the ambassador’s parents, Ajit and Raj Randhawa, in July 2017 through a limited liability company, according to property records.

The property included a $1 million lien that passed to Michael Haley as part of the transfer, according to a record of the transaction.

That mortgage was a big part of Nikki Haley’s outstanding debt on her federal disclosures. The property was sold about five months later for $1.26 million to 5483 Sunset LLC, according to Lexington County property records.

Tom Barton covers South Carolina politics for The State. He has spent more than a decade covering local governments and politicians in Iowa and South Carolina, and has won awards from the S.C. Press Association and Iowa Newspaper Association for public service and feature writing.


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