COLUMBIA — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is heading out of state for the first time since announcing that a computer hacker stole Social Security numbers and other private data from millions of taxpayers.
The Republican governor will leave Monday night for Chicago and spend Wednesday morning in Washington before returning to South Carolina, said Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey.
Haley is the featured speaker for a luncheon Tuesday hosted by the conservative Heritage Foundation. Her remarks will follow a panel discussion titled “The Road Ahead After the 2012 Election.”
Haley will be the guest speaker at a Republican Governors Association breakfast in Washington.
Haley will also meet with the state’s congressmen about issues she needs their help on, including computer security, Godfrey said.
She will not hold any fundraisers during the trip, said campaign adviser Tim Pearson.
Two weeks ago, Haley skipped the governor’s association annual conference in Las Vegas, as well as a speaking event at a Goldwater Institute dinner in Phoenix, saying she needed to focus on the Revenue’s Department’s massive security breach.
Haley announced the hacking Oct. 26. It wasn’t until last week that Haley could say with certainty how many taxpayers were affected. According to a company hired to investigate what happened, the hacker stole the filings of 3.8 million individuals and 700,000 businesses.