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RedState backs off on bribe claim in Haley 'affair' dispute: 'I have no clue'

Yesterday, RedState's Erick Erickson published a blog post -- with a flashing, Drudge-esque red siren -- claiming to know that blogger and consultant Will Folks had been paid off to claim he'd had an affair with South Carolina GOP gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.

Who paid Will Folks? He was allegedly offered money. A LOT of money. In fact, RedState now confirms through a whole heap of sources that he’s been trying to sell this story for a year.

Today, Erickson admits that he doesn't really have anything.

With apologies to RedState readers... I’ve had no hesitation in stringing the media along like Folks has done. He wanted his fifteen minutes of fame and got a week. Now he needs to show us what he has and, if he has what he says he has, let Haley supporters make up their minds. No one needs to humor him with another week of sensational salaciousness. There are kids and a husband involved in this mess too. I have no clue if anyone is behind Will Folks doing this. He really could feel aggrieved for some reason and just want to take out Nikki Haley. But I have a theory, I have some facts, and I’ve drawn some inferences to form my opinion.

In making a point about Folks and his media strategy, Erickson has dinged up the credibility of Haley supporters a little.

By David Weigel  |  May 28, 2010; 2:56 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Scandal  
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