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Gov. Nikki Haley’s post about locking herself out of mansion creates buzz

By ANDREW SHAIN
ashain@thestate.com

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley’s Facebook posting about locking herself out of the Governor’s Mansion in her robe Wednesday morning garnered more reaction in two hours than most of her postings this year.

“What not to do...getting locked out of the Governor’s mansion in your robe while sending the kids off to school. sigh...#adayinthelife,” Haley posted around 8:30 a.m.

By 11 a.m., the post received near 3,000 likes and 375 comments, surpassing reaction to photos and videos of her shooting guns at a Columbia arms maker in July and news about her husband’s ongoing S.C. National Guard deployment in Afghanistan.

The governor posts her own content on Facebook and Twitter, her staff says. She has been a frequent social-media user since her election in 2010. Her Facebook page has more than 61,000 followers.

She shares her views on legislation, news about her travels and, every so often, what happens in her home life with her husband, Michael, and their children, Rena and Nalin.

Last month, Haley asked her Facebook followers for help unlocking Rena’s iPhone after Nalin tried to guess her pass code. “Anyone know how to fix this? #anotherdayinthehaleyhousehold #help,” Haley wrote.

With Wednesday’s post on the mansion mishap, a few people posted comments about the governor’s appearance or how they would like to lock out her out of the mansion all together but most applauded Haley for sharing her everyday foibles.

“I LOVE how normal you are and your life is and I LOVE that you are not embarrassed by it!!!” Barbara Smith Shumpert commented on the governor’s post.

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