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Palin advises Haley: 'You and your supporters will grow stronger through things like this'

Sarah Palin takes to the one-way Facebook information spigot to defend South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, whom she endorsed 10 days ago. Palin calls the Haley accusation -- which unlike some Palin accusations came from a primary source who claims to have slept with the candidate -- "exactly what my family and colleagues have had to put up with, every single day, for the past couple of years." And she recounts a phone conversation between the two of them (without saying who called whom):

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.)

Palin, of course, responded to the deluge of accusations against her by quitting the governor's office and becoming a full-time activist and pundit. Haley has an election to win, and while it's unclear what this story does to her chances, Palin's finger is pretty close to the median GOP voter's pulse.

UPDATE: Thinking some more about this, Palin clearly did Haley a favor from shifting the discussion from the accusation itself to the fact that an enormous celebrity was taking a stand on it. A few hours ago, there was more discussion that Haley had gotten a huge boost from Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.). Now? Not much of that.

By David Weigel  |  May 24, 2010; 2:11 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Sarah Palin , Scandal  
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