Rising SC GOP star Nikki Haley denies affair with Blogger

Politics as usual in South Carolina, 1 week after Nikki Haley takes the lead in the Governor Race, rumors fly about an affair between a local blogger three years ago.  Haley responded, “I have been 100 percent faithful to my husband throughout our 13 years of marriage,” Haley said in a statement released to a local television station. “This claim against me is categorically and totally false.”
Political Operatives keep what is called an “ace in the hole” for such game changers like Sarah Palin coming to the State House and endorse Haley.  Prior to that, Attorney General McMaster was in the lead.
Following the Rasmussen Poll last week, attack politics ensued.  Here a a great example of how Republicans eat their own in attempt to be top dog.
South Carolina is full of Bloggers who are Paid by party politics and Public Relations firms.  It is very important here in Columbia to now who is being paid by who, when reading local blogs.  Many times you can see the skew even without knowing who is paying them.
The blogger in question is  Will Folks, who wrote in his blog, ” The truth in this case is what it is.  Several years ago, prior to my marriage, I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki. That’s it.
Notice that Folks made sure to say this happened before his marriage.  True or not he makes sure he come out as the ‘innocent one’
Haley called this a,  “disgraceful smear”,  “It is quite simply South Carolina politics at its worst.”
What is interesting to note is Folks was on Haley’s payroll in 2008 but not now.  Could Will Folks be upset that no money is flowing his way during the Gubernatorial election?  I’m Just asking
Name: Haley, Nikki R Office: State House Representative District: 87
Viewpolitik 02/07/2008 Reimbursements $173.50
Viewpolitik 02/22/2008 Consulting Fee 2/08 $528.00
Viewpolitik 02/07/2008 Consulting Fee 1/08 $608.77
(Source: SC Ethics Commission)

“These attacks – and those sure to follow – are an effort at distraction, but I will keep my focus on what matters, and that is delivering South Carolina’s government back to our people,” she said. “That’s a fight I have fought for the last five years. That’s why I entered this race for Governor. And that’s what I will continue to do, despite any outrageous and false claims that are thrown at me.”
Haley canceled an interview with a local television station in Columbia after the accusation was posted online.
Folks is a former spokesman for Republican Gov. Mark Sanford who left the governor’s office in 2005. Days later, he was charged with an incident of domestic violence for which he plead guilty but avoided jail time. Folks then launched FITSNews.com, a Web site dedicated to promoting conservative reform efforts in the state that quickly became a go-to clearinghouse for Palmetto State political news and gossip.
Folks – a supporter of Haley’s – said he decided to write about the relationship after it became clear that rival campaigns were leaking information about it to the media.
“This network of operatives has made it abundantly clear that in the process of ‘taking down’ Rep. Haley, they will also stop at nothing to humiliate me, destroy my family and take a sizable chunk out of the credibility this website has managed to amass for itself,” he wrote. “Such is the blood sport of S.C. politics, I suppose – particularly in the wake of the scandal that consumed my former boss, Gov. Mark Sanford.”
Haley was urged to run for the state’s top office last year by allies of Sanford, who saw the state legislator as an ideological heir to the fiscally conservative governor. Folks has written favorably about Haley’s bid for governor, calling her the best candidate to “advance the ideals I believe in.” (He has also complimented Haley in other ways; in 2008, he described her as “hot as hell.”)
But Folks has also refused to shy away from attacking many of the state’s entrenched political figures – a crusade that has earned him more than a few enemies in the famously tribal world of South Carolina politics.
Haley became the target of attacks from her rivals in the GOP primary over the last two weeks after a series of television ads and an endorsement from Sarah Palin gave her a well-timed burst of momentum in the closing stages of the campaign. Haley’s GOP opponents are Attorney General Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Rep. Gresham Barrett.
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Sarah Palin Chimes In:

Well, whaddya know? South Carolina’s conservative candidate, Nikki Haley, recently zipped to the front of the line in her state’s race for governor; and lo and behold, now accusations of an affair surface.
Nikki categorically denies the accusation that was spewed out there by a political blogger who has the gall to throw the stone, but then quickly duck and hide and proclaim he would not comment further on the issue. Quite convenient.
When Nikki and I held her endorsement rally on the steps of the beautiful and historic South Carolina state house a few weeks ago, I warned her and her family that she would be targeted because she’s a threat to a corrupt political machine, and she would be put through some hell. That, unfortunately, is the nature of the beast in politics today – especially for conservative “underdog” candidates who surge in the polls and threaten to shake things up so government can be put back on the side of the people.
South Carolina: don’t let some blogger make any accusation against your Nikki if the guy doesn’t even have the guts or the integrity to speak further on such a significant claim. And don’t believe anything a liberal rag claims or suggests unless the reporter involved has the integrity and the facts to report to you so you can make up your own mind. For traditional media to rely on an accusation via some blog entry is almost laughable, but I know the seriousness of it because that’s exactly what my family and colleagues have had to put up with, every single day, for the past couple of years.
As I said to Nikki this morning, “Hang in there. I’ve been there. Any lies told about you will strengthen your resolve to clean up political and media corruption. You and your supporters will grow stronger through things like this.”
Reaching her from Wasilla, I then joked with Nikki that I was calling her from one of the many locations the lamestream media claims I moved to. (Let’s see, I think the last I heard I was living in the Hamptons, or was it Montana? No, supposedly L.A. is where they claim I moved when I “left Todd” in their idiotic reports.)
South Carolina friends, don’t let ‘em just make things up.
– Sarah Palin
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Another Blog Wolfe Reports quoted the FreeTimes

The source tells Free Times that on June 26, 2009, Folks called him, near tears, admitting that he’d had an affair with Haley and urging him not to tell members of the media about it.
Furthermore, the source — who is not affiliated with any South Carolina gubernatorial campaign — says former Haley staffer B.J. Boling told him Haley had confided in him about the affair around the time Boling was working on her House reelection campaign in 2008.
via Wolfe Reports.


  1. I, on another blog back then, made issue with Haley’s paying Folks. I heard that Haley got pretty mad about this. If she did keep paying him, it was likely through an intermediary — a type of political money laundering. Pols and organizations do this all the time when they want the services of someone without it showing up on disclosure reports. I’ve been hearing for a while about Folks and Mick Mulvaney and a guy who’s paid so that Mulvaney can keep Folks at a distance.

    • Wes,
      Thanks for the post. yeah, since I come from Georgia politics, I know about the bags of cash passing hands and intermediaries to keep from financial disclosure.
      Thanks for the Tip on Mick Mulvaney, an angle we will check into

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