Political Blogger and ex-Mark Sanford Aide Admits Affair With South Carolina Gubernatorial Candidate
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You couldn't make up a story like this and thankfully for all of us, you don't have to.
Apparently, South Carolina rep and Teabagger favorite Nikki Haley was making quite the run for Mark Sanford's soon-to-be-abandoned seat but may have learned a bit too much from her former teacher. Haley swears political blogger Will Folks has no idea what he's talking about since she's been happily married for 13 lovely years but Folks insists it was his moral obligation to reveal an affair with Haley "some years ago" to the world via his blog. Natch. They both claim to be victims of South Carolina's vicious political machine.
WaPo's The Fix has the juicy story:
Haley, a one-time protege of disgraced Gov. Mark Sanford, had been riding high of late -- benefiting from endorsements from South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. (Palin released a statement -- via Facebook -- defending Haley.)
Given that rise, the allegations by Will Folks, who writes the Faith in the Sound (FITS) blog and is a member of the Washington Post Political Blog Network, landed with a dull thud in the Palmetto State this morning.
"Several years ago, prior to my marriage, I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki," Folks wrote on his blog. "That's it."
Folks, a former Sanford press aide, said he decided to come forward with the alleged affair because Haley's political enemies were promising to make it public.
Of course, Folks granted the AP an interview on the condition that they wouldn't publish anything until he broke the story on his own blog this morning. Bloggers, pffft. Sounds to me like the AP is feeling a little butthurt over Folks' popularity and/or bikini pictures:
Folks pleaded guilty to criminal domestic violence in 2005 and left the Sanford administration around that time. He is now a political consultant and runs FITSNews.com, a conservative site that features occasionally insightful commentary, thinly sourced stories of state political intrigue and photos of women in bikinis.
Damn, that's a shitty review, dude, you shoulda sold that shit to Huffington or something, they'd have loved to take one more jab at Mark Sanford before he's done.
The rumors can't possibly be true, not with Nikki professing to be a true Christian. As we all know, there's something in the Bible about screwing guys that aren't your husband, I'm fairly sure. From her website:
Question: Is Nikki a Christian?
Truth: In Nikki’s words: “My faith in Christ has a profound impact on my daily life and I look to Him for guidance with every decision I make. God has blessed my family in so many ways and my faith in the Lord gives me great strength on a daily basis. Being a Christian is not about words, but about living for Christ every day.”
Haley isn't backing down and insists it's just politics as usual in SC. Besides, not only is she a Christian, she's an accountant! Who are you going to believe?!
Anyway, glad to see Sanford's legacy lives on in South Carolina. Has Jenny Sanford withdrawn her endorsement yet? Speaking of butthurt...