COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina's new governor will be sworn into office Wednesday.
Inaugural events sometimes reflect the personality of the newly-sworn leader. Governor Mark Sanford, who often took a dressed-down approach to the office, began his second term with a barbecue at the state Farmer's Market.
Sanford's successor said the first day of her inaugural will focus on the family. "This is a new page for South Carolina and we have a lot of families that want to get involved in that," said Governor-Elect Nikki Haley, "One of the traditional staples of the Haley family is Haley family fun night. So what you're seeing on Tuesday night is a family fun night that allows anybody from anywhere to come and participate and celebrate the fact that South Carolina is having a new day and be excited about it."
Haley takes her oath of office Wednesday. The events that follow appear more traditional in nature, but in what will be an extremely tight budget year, Haley said taxpayers will not be expected to pick up much of the tab. "What I cared about was to make sure as many people that wanted to participate could," stated Haley, "Then what I also cared about is that this is private funds - that we made sure these were not taxpayer dollars at work. So of course, as we always do, we're going to try to be as conservative as possible, but I did not want that to be an issue. So private funds is the way that we've raise money to do all these events."
Haley's inauguration is at 11:00am Wednesday on the south steps of the State House. There's a gala at the Colonial Life Arena to wrap up the inaugural events Wednesday night. Tickets cost $250 per couple.