Democrats ask Haley to waive confidentiality

Democrats are calling on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to make public any ethics complaint that may be filed against her in a legislative committee.

Democrats said Tuesday the Republican governor should let the public know if an investigation is underway. State law bars the release of information on an ethics complaint, including whether one even exists, unless the accused person waives confidentiality.

Last week, a circuit court judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Haley of breaking ethics laws while she was a legislator, saying such issues should be handled by either state ethics officials or a legislative panel.

The House Ethics Committee would handle an ethics complaint against Haley that involved her time in the House. Chairman Roland Smith declined comment.

Haley's office called the dismissed lawsuit a political stunt.