Here is the problem with this statement, Folks worked for Haley, so Phone calls mean absolutely nothing. Like I said in a previous post, if phone calls mean an affair, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee and I are having and affair.
The South Carolina governor’s race is getting more sordid by the day, as a local blogger tries to back up his claim that he had an affair with Republican candidate Nikki Haley.
Blogger Will Folks, who used to work as a communications consultant for Haley, first claimed on Monday on his fitsnews.com site that he had an “inappropriate physical relationship” with the state representative. He said he would not grant any interviews on the topic but has continued to tease reporters with drips of information on his blog.
On Friday, Folks claimed on his Web site that he “exchanged over 700 phone calls” over three years with Haley. He released hundreds of pages of records to local reporters that he said showed a number of long, late-night calls between the two.
“I did not ask for this fight,” he said in a prepared statement, claiming he tried to prevent the information from coming out.
The campaign and other Haley defenders are vigorously dismissing Folks’ story as manufactured — Haley began to surge in the race only recently, and the affair allegation throws a wrench into the campaign a little more than a week before the June 8 primary.
Haley, who has already denied the charge, told The Post and Courier in response to the phone records that she’s “not wasting any energy on this.”
Campaign manager Tim Pearson called the matter “ridiculous” on Thursday — he said earlier that Haley will answer questions about the allegations at a debate Tuesday in Florence, S.C.
Haley is in a tight race for the GOP nomination against Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, state Attorney General Henry McMaster and Rep. Gresham Barrett. They are in a race to succeed Gov. Mark Sanford, who admitted to having an affair a year ago.
Incidentally, the governor’s ex-wife Jenny Sanford has endorsed Haley. So has former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who used her Facebook page to excoriate Folks for the allegation earlier in the week.
The conservative redstate.com blogger Erick Erickson also has been highly critical of Folks, claiming on Thursday that he has proof Folks was “paid” to claim he had an affair.