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Nikki Haley denies affair allegation

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Updated, 2:40 pm

South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley denied an allegation by a conservative blogger that the two had engaged in an affair several years ago, insisting that the charge was aimed at derailing her rapidly-rising campaign for governor.

"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."

She noted that the timing of the "disgraceful smear" -- less than a week after a poll showed her leading the field in a June 8 primary -- was suspicious; "It is quite simply South Carolina politics at its worst."

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.

"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," wrote Folks.

Folks did note in the blog post that he believes Haley "would most consistently advance the ideals I believe in." He added that he would not be providing further details or interviews about the relationship, but that's unlikely to satisfy the media. Haley has been married since 1996, but because Folks is providing little in the way of a time frame, its unclear whether or not the relationship occurred while she was married.

"It is what it is, and aside from the Haley family -- Michael, Nikki, Rena and Nalin -- I feel no need to apologize or explain myself to anyone," Folks wrote. "People are human. We make mistakes. And as I have learned from experience, the key to life isn't the mistakes we make, it's how we choose to handle them."

Nancy Mace, the president of the blog, said that "circumstances beyond his control compelled our founding editor, Will Folks, to address a personal matter Monday morning on FITSNews.com."

Aside from Haley, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, Rep. Gresham Barrett and state Attorney General Henry McMaster are running to replace Sanford in the June 8 primary.

South Carolina GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd stood by Haley on Monday. While emphasizing her neutrality, Floyd called the allegations unfair.

"South Carolinians deserve a higher level of political discourse than this, and they frankly deserve a press corps that focuses on real, substantive issues rather than on internet rumor mongering," Floyd said. "No candidate deserves to have to defend themselves from these kinds of attacks, and South Carolinians are frankly tired of being fed unfounded gossip."

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By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
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Comments

Posted by: Patriot3 | May 26, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Letty2, that isn't "more news," that's just a satire that pleasingly echoes the strange notes of paranoia, depseration and facty vagueness that colors Will Folks' disclosure.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 25, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

More information about the Folk's affairs just broke: http://columbiacitypaper.com/?p=1661

Posted by: Letty2 | May 25, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Why should we be surprised that these people have sex with folks they should not have sex with while they tell us whom to have sex with and whom not have sex with? This is a pattern of behavior that has been displayed since the Religous Right took hold of the Republican Party. Now it is taking hold of the Tea Party. The ole "we know how you should live and you should all listen to us - we are the voice of the Constitution - the voice of God. Bow down. Pay homage to us. We are All Knowing and God speaks directly to us (and only us) and no one else. We also have special powers that allow us to channel the people who created the Constitution. We are the ones - the truth speakers.Bow down, you Great Unwashed.

Posted by: oldwoman | May 24, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Without proof it is only allegation. But Mr Folks says others were going to make this public and try to take him down also, so where are these others who Mr Folks believes have a verifiable claim. What is their evidence?

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | May 24, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Bloggers get laid? Posted by: Patriot3

Funny, brief, deserved repeating.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 24, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm always amazed that these people have any sex at all. Bloggers? Republican candidates? Right-wing moralists? For them, I guess morally hypocritical, ethnically compromised sex is better than no sex at all. Still, I'm more surprised when the sexually confused, paranoid, self-loathing closet cases like Rush Limbaugh claim to have had sex -- with another person, that is.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | May 24, 2010 7:17 PM
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How are you and ole Rosie Palms getting along these days?

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm always amazed that these people have any sex at all. Bloggers? Republican candidates? Right-wing moralists? For them, I guess morally hypocritical, ethnically compromised sex is better than no sex at all. Still, I'm more surprised when the sexually confused, paranoid, self-loathing closet cases like Rush Limbaugh claim to have had sex -- with another person, that is.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | May 24, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

This is why Sarah Palin quit in Alaska. Loose lips sink ships. Teabagger women are easy.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 24, 2010 2:02 PM
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(not his only post of the day)

You win, boodah. You're officially the dumbest person who posts here.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

hock1 wrote,
"screw your neighbor,
screw your best friend's mate,
steal a few
lie and cheat
you can always ask for forgiveness
just apologize."

Is that the new Democratic theme song?

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Oxhead said it well, if she ain't suing, then she's lying.

Posted by: tslats | May 24, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Nikki looks like she'll give it up ! Running around with Palin who is one step up from a call girl herself, it is not surprising that Nikki was banging other Folks ! LOL

Posted by: ellislawoffice | May 24, 2010 4:07 PM
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Where's leichtman1 with his faux outrage?

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"Drill, baby, drill!"

Nikki Haley to Will Folks

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 24, 2010 1:12 PM
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"Drill, baby, drill!"

Michelle to Rham.

koolkat_1960 to Barney Frank.

He'll spill his drink over that.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed how much Nikki Haley looks like Mark Sanford's Argentine girlfriend?


Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 24, 2010 1:23 PM
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Has Drindl suggested they might be one and the same person?

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

What breed of 'animal' will SP be calling herself after this one? A 'sheep' (one of the dumbest animal species)? An 'ostrich' (buries head in the sand)?

Posted by: momof20yo | May 24, 2010 6:14 PM
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A Hillary?

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Mark. A blogger makes an unsubstantiated claim. I guess the fact she felt compelled to respond makes it slightly newsy. His reasoning is total HS. He's not David Letterman. A simple denial to comment would have sufficed.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 24, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: StewartIII | May 24, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I really needed to know that Sarah Palin 'supports' this woman's affair denial. So when this 'rumor' is found to actually be true, and the ever-so-morally-pure Sarah Palin has embarrassed herself by backing a liar, will Sarah Palin finally shut up and go away? What breed of 'animal' will SP be calling herself after this one? A 'sheep' (one of the dumbest animal species)? An 'ostrich' (buries head in the sand)?

Posted by: momof20yo | May 24, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

She looks about as guilty as a traffic stop in Arizona.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 24, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Whoa horsey!! Lets wait a while longer, one of these two will apologize, ask the Lord forgiveness and we can get in the saddle again to ride into sunset and live happily thereafter
[chorus]
everything will be ok,
praise the lord,
everything will be OK.

screw your neighbor,
screw your best friend's mate,
steal a few
lie and cheat
you can always ask for forgiveness
just apologize.

[chorus]
everything will be ok,
praise the lord,
everything will be OK.

Posted by: hock1 | May 24, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I am not a big fan of the Teabaggers, but when are we going to stop this "Scarlet Letter" crap with our politicians. We need to stop encouraging this yellow journalism streak against ALL politicians, whether we agree with their politics or not. This is ridiculous!

Posted by: CAC2 | May 24, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't tell me that someone else has used the "Karl Rove" politics of starting a little rumor once in a while. The Republicans don't like it when someone uses their gimmics.

Posted by: pgmichigan | May 24, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

80% of extramarital affairs happens amongst people who are working together. (They worked together) Although there may not be real proof there is a testimony from the guy. Now my experiences says where there is smoke there is fire. Now unfortunately this is bad timing, but it in this day and age I do not put nothing pass anyone.

Posted by: KBrustmeyer2003 | May 24, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"...South Carolinians are frankly tired of being fed unfounded gossip."

And so aren't they also tired of the gossip about stuff that actually happened? The rest of us sure are.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 24, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

He does seem to be a rat, margaret, but a lot of people apparently knew about this, according to Charleston newspapers.

And now, Vaughn Ward is sinking in Idaho..

Lucas Baumbach, a Republican activist who Is running for the state Senate in Idaho, has cut together a wince-inducing video of Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward and accuses him of plagiarizing chunks of Barack Obama's career-making speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Ward -- an Iraq War veteran last seen refusing to back down from his belief that Puerto Rico is a foreign country -- has benefited from support from Sarah Palin. But he has been absolutely hounded by tea party groups and fellow Republicans for running a bumbling campaign.

On Thursday, several Republican office-holders asked Ward to quit the race after another plagiarism allegation was raised.'

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Daer Carolyn Hax,

I think Folks is being very self-serving here. I notice he makes a point of mentioning that he was not married at the time. This is a very dainty point to make when if you are actually having an affair with someone who IS married.

Folks may think this absolves him of something but it does not. It merely makes him the kind of rat who thinks this absolves him of something.

And I don't believe him. I think there's something more going on.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 24, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Will-
Care to share that phone number.

Posted by: papito2you | May 24, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

LUCKY GUY WHO BED HER,SHE IS NICE LOOKING LADY NOT LIKE THOSE UGLY DEMOCRAT WOMEN.

Posted by: SISSD1 | May 24, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey, David Letterman is a perv who had sex with his intern, and he's still on the air...although I hear his ratings are down...

Posted by: Phil6 | May 24, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

You would more likely run into a person of color at bob jones university as you would find a descent and moral republican retard in south carolina.

Posted by: carmelkid | May 24, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: howie14

"OK, so let's get these rules straight. It is unfair of dems to bring up the past administration in a negative light about anything that happened or started during its time, but GOPers can invoke Clinton and/or Carter anytime it suits them. Good to know.

BTW, I don't think Bill Clinton invented sex, so I lay the problem at the feet of Ogh, first ruler of the cavemen."

The problem the right wing has is that the Democrats only throw us a bone like this once or twice a year... if that.

The values voters on the other hand have made an art of selecting hypocrites to represent them on a nearly weekly basis... sometimes more than one in one week!

Posted by: plaza04433 | May 24, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Haley is a very impressive candidate, now leading 3 other strong candidates. I think this race will come down to Haley vs. McMaster, with Bauer & Barett falling behind. If this story catches on and there is truth revealed in it while Haley is married, it would likely destroy her campaign. The people who would benefit most from this ordeal is likely McMaster & Barett. I really don't see a way Bauer can win this nomination fight now. Bauer does have the endorsement of Mike Huckabee, but that's not likely to help him a whole lot. Haley has the endorsement of Romney, Palin & Mark Sanford. McMaster has the endorsement of Lyndsey Graham. It will be interesting to see if Jim DeMint endorses in this race, as he typically sticks to US Senate races. Will he endorse a governor's candidate in his own state? If DeMint endorses, I think that candidate runs away with the R nomination. If he doesn't, it will be a tight campaign to the finish.

Posted by: reason5 | May 24, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Aw shucks.....and SC Republicans were so proud that FINALLY a brown person was in striking distance of winning the governor's seat - putting all those racism charges against SC to rest.

Posted by: angie12106 | May 24, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Why was Obama never referred to as "a one-time protege of disgraced" Tom Daschle?

Posted by: Susannah1
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Are you claiming there was some sort of affair between the two?

Posted by: howie14 | May 24, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

And, of course, Sarah Palin was with both of them during the times the alleged affair occurred so she can VERIFY the facts!! How ridiculous! And, not everybody is stupid enough to take stained blue dresses to the dry cleaners.

Thus is all so juvenile! Do we always have to live in the past? My life only occurs in the present, and hopefully, anything regretful I might have done in the past was a LEARNING experience.

Obviously, we have very many weak people in politics. Maybe being very weak or very horny is a prerequisite! They do all seem to break down to take the bribes/lobbyist moneys, which is the same characteristic~~weakness!! It's probably just that some get caught and some don't!

Posted by: Maerzie | May 24, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It must be true. She's from South Carolina, home of the craziest politicians in America. Sanford, Wilson, DeMint. If these politicians put as much energy into improving South Carolina's test scores as they do into being fools, South Carolina might not rank at the nation's bottom.

Posted by: tlehman1117 | May 24, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

janet8 wrote>>>This is small potatoes compared to "someone" in the White House offering a job to Sestak to get out of the race against Specter.

Apparently, you weren't around during the Bush Error. It's just politics - no laws were violated.

Posted by: angie12106 | May 24, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Seems Bill Clinton started something...
Posted by: oldtimer1001 | May 24, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

________________________________________

OK, so let's get these rules straight. It is unfair of dems to bring up the past administration in a negative light about anything that happened or started during its time, but GOPers can invoke Clinton and/or Carter anytime it suits them. Good to know.

BTW, I don't think Bill Clinton invented sex, so I lay the problem at the feet of Ogh, first ruler of the cavemen.

Posted by: howie14 | May 24, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Again, the issue will be hypocrisy. When you join the GOP, the party that has an unhealthy titillation fixation with the sex lives of other people, you'd better be sure your own life is uncomplicated. The Republicans should propose a "Defense of Marriage Act" for their own marriages and stay out of OUR lives.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | May 24, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Nikki looks like she'll give it up ! Running around with Palin who is one step up from a call girl herself, it is not surprising that Nikki was banging other Folks ! LOL

Posted by: ellislawoffice | May 24, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"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."

It's a testament to the rightwingers character when they always do the right thing -just before they are forced to.

Posted by: plaza04433 | May 24, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Plaza04433 wrote>>>Probably it is time to create a permanent section in WaPo just to cover right wing hanky panky and hypocrisy.

LOL - exactly!

btw - why would Folks lie?
Since he came forward because people were snooping, apparently others were aware of the affair? Hmmm.....

Posted by: angie12106 | May 24, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Seems Bill Clinton started something. Well the demoncrats had no trouble defending him so I am sure they will defend this S.C. politician. Aw well Clinton did it in the White House so I guess that must be excusable and those who wait years must be telling the truth.

Posted by: oldtimer1001 | May 24, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Republicans: Marriage is for one man and one woman - and one mistress.

Posted by: angie12106 | May 24, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

First of all - blogs have presidents? Wow. That's a business card I've never seen.

Secondly, if Folks was married in June of the same year the affair occured, he was probably cheating on someone, too. You don't need to be wearing a wedding band to be unfaithful.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 24, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Probably it is time to create a permanent section in WaPo just to cover right wing hanky panky and hypocrisy.

South Carolina should consider selecting candidates from outside their state. Preferably from a non ex-confederate or non bible belt state.

Obviously what happens in South Carolina (or Argentina) does not stay in South Carolina.

Posted by: plaza04433 | May 24, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

diehardmoron wrote: "So for those of you keeping score at home:

A Republican win in Hawaii was no big deal, but an extramarital affair from several years ago by a person associated with the Tea Party IS a big deal."

Yes, that is correct. Glad to see you're paying attention today, numbnutz.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 24, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I have so far accepted that, for Republicans/Conservatives, marriage is between a man and some indeterminate number of women (definitely more than 1 at a time). Now I must apparently revise the definition, for Republicans/Conservatives, of marriage as involving some number of men and some number of women. Apparently as long as the genders stay off each other it is, to Republicans/Conservatives, acceptable.

I must say, I am far too old fashioned to be a Republican/Conservative!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | May 24, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

when the press tells you they are running with a story like this and want to give you the chance to comment, the only choice if the story is true is to try to put the best face on it yourself and beat them to it. that's what this looks like, so I doubt it's a fraud. If it were, the press would be the first to reveal that there was no such story in the works, and no call to Folks, and that Folks made the whole thing up to discredit Haley. If there was such a story, and Folks was denying it, well, that's what Folks would have run with in advance.

I am having trouble doubting that the story is true.

Posted by: JoeT1 | May 24, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Another day, another GOP/Teabagger lying hypocrite.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 24, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Patriot3 -- ROFLMAO. Funniest thing I've read today.

Posted by: VARies | May 24, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. She's from South Carolina and she's a Republican, so no one down there cares if she did or did not have an affair.

Now, if she were a Democrat, that would be another matter entirely since the media always holds Democrats to a higher standard.

Posted by: jjedif | May 24, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse


Ah, those God fearing, neocons is SC. You gotta love em.


Posted by: mortified469 | May 24, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

For a party that's supposed to be about freedom and limited government, they sure do put a lot of effort into policing each others' sex lives. If they were hellbound Democrats and no one would care about this.

Posted by: DaveHarris | May 24, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Haley was raised as a Sikh, not a Muslim. Every year DHS makes sure I take a little class on the difference.

As to her becoming "Nikki" and a Methodist, well, other people would be complaining if she didn't assimilate so she might as well please herself.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 24, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Bloggers get laid?

Posted by: Patriot3 | May 24, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Thurmond? Sanford? Graham? Haley? Must be something in the water down in SC.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | May 24, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Columbiaheights, you are really an idiot. So unless he is attractive he must be lying? Really? Do you even read what you write?

You insult black women then whine about teabaggers getting called "teabaggers". The tea party people picked the name now they are mad that the rest of America calls them by the name they picked. You have the nerve to talk about lazy government workers when you teabaggers couldn't even take the time to research what the name meant before you used it.

Besides the real welfare queens are big corporations who get 100 times the number of subsidies than all the poor people in this country combined so they can hire more people for $1 a day in India.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | May 24, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Golly gee-whillikers! It's so much fun watching the bedroom morality police conservatives not able to keep their own panties on and their knees together! I just love laughing at them tripping over their underwear as they scurry like cockroaches from these continuous never ending stories of hypocritical conservative value rhetoric! They're so cute when they first deny it...

Posted by: swatkins1 | May 24, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Great post they are the phoniest are they not LOL

Posted by: lildg54 | May 24, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Tea party == Hypocrite.

Period.

Nothing the Whig Party (GOP/RNC) says will change that basic fact - or the forty years in the wilderness they must now go through for abandoning their principles for Greed, Lust, and other very real sins.

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 24, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"Unsubstantiated gossip"??????
He said they did it and he has no reason to lie.
Burden's on her.

Posted by: djah | May 24, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

What does he look like? Sorry, but she is an attractive woman, so unless he is an awesome looking guy, I highly doubt she had an affair. And those of you who call everyday Americans calling for smaller government and lower taxes (which equals more freedom) tea baggers should get a life. We all know the government employee unions are paying you to post. The only people that benefit from Obama's government are welfare queens (ie, black women) and government employees (ie, fat lazy workers).

Posted by: columbiaheights | May 24, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

BTW I find it very interesting she could be riding high because of support by a loser and quiter in Palin that is quite a joke in and on to itself

Posted by: lildg54 | May 24, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

This is why Sarah Palin quit in Alaska. Loose lips sink ships. Teabagger women are easy.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 24, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

It's only a matter of time before people realize the Teabag Party is a farce.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 24, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't care who she has sex with but I do care if they are pretending to be so self righteous and such a moralistic phony

Posted by: lildg54 | May 24, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse


Cillizza, I'm sure you're as happy as a clam at this revelation.

This is small potatoes compared to "someone" in the White House offering a job to Sestak to get out of the race against Specter. Which yesterday Sestak re-confirmed for the umpteenth time did happen.

This is the story you should be tracking down instead of a story on one of four candidates running for Governor having an affair.

Cillizza, just keep being an MSM lapdog for Obama.

Posted by: janet8 | May 24, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

zouk surely has plagiarized the following, which is somewhat selective in its choice of identifying the 'best' and 'most effective' female politicians:

"Feminism has backfired on the left. The heralded "Year of the Woman" (was it 1992?) was supposed to introduce a new breed of female politician that would inevitably steer the country in a progressive direction. Instead, the best and most effective female politicians have been conservative, many entering the public sphere after raising families, clear evidence that the traditional way of life is in no way as stultifying as the radfems insisted."


Somehow they overlooked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, not to mention former Senator & current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. You could include prior Secretaries of state Madelaine Albright and Condoleeza Rice, for that matter. Instead zouk's source mentions the female conservative celebrities 1/2 term governor & losing VP candidate Sarah Palin and 2nd term congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who has passed zero legislation & is known for being willing to say anything on camera rather than actually accomplishing something as a Representative of her constituents. Its pretty sad that conservatives ignore the one woman they've had that reached high office - Condoleeza Rice - while touting the imaginary accomplishments of Palin and Bachmann.

Posted by: bsimon1

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Zouk is a cut n' paste stooge. Anyone who's read more than 1 Fix column knows it although I guess it does need to be stated for anyone who stumbles in here for the 1st time. Palin sure does get down to business though. She's "completed" the raising of her family only a short year after giving birth to a disabled child. That's gotta be some kind of record of efficiency as such I think she ought to be the CEO of Wal Mart or something with those kind of phenomenal credentials. What shareholder wouldn't want kitschy folksy catch phrases at a board meeting.

Child labor and exploitation of the 3rd world? you betcha!

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 24, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Why was Obama never referred to as "a one-time protege of disgraced" Tom Daschle?

Posted by: Susannah1 | May 24, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Nikki Haley was a Sikh and converted to Christianity to gain political recognition. She changed her name. Perhaps religion does not matter, but obviously it matters to Nikki Haley, that’s why she changed the religion. We need somebody better than her as governor.

Posted by: Jreff44 | May 24, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has cheated too. Too bad the media won't investigate that one.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 24, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Why do some people imagine that someone who is unfaithful to their spouse will keep faith with the voters and keep their campaign promises?

If you take the position that "they all lie anyway" then who are you voting for, the best liar?

Posted by: GWGOLDB | May 24, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

So for those of you keeping score at home:

A Republican win in Hawaii was no big deal, but an extramarital affair from several years ago by a person associated with the Tea Party IS a big deal.

Thanks, Chris, for showing us what's wrong with journalism these days.

Posted by: diehardlib | May 24, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Republicans chose to run with the Bible in South Carolina some years ago. As a result, the GOP line up of candidates this year is quite amusing. Haley who is backed by Jenny Sanford, Sarah! Palin and Mitt Romney came from behind to lead in the polls. I wonder what these people think of her now? She had an affair and is denying it by hiding behind the Bible. Hmmm. Well, who is left to chose from? Lt. Governor Andre Bauer who is a closeted gay man hates poor people on food stamps, Atty. General Henry McMaster who thinks he has a direct line to God and wants to make sure people with pre exisiting conditions die early and Congressman Gresham Barrett who wants to turn SC into Raising Arizona. Gosh, South Carolina Republicans get to have all the fun. June 8 is primary day. I can hardly wait to see who they nominate.

Posted by: juanchin | May 24, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed how much Nikki Haley looks like Mark Sanford's Argentine girlfriend?
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Before Sanford 'fessed up to his Argentine Adventures, rumors swirled that Nikki Haley was the other woman.

Posted by: kayebee_18901 | May 24, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Funny how it's always 'unfair' to the Right when a Republican is exposed as a hypocrite. Nikki, darling, keep your legs closed.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 24, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

And zouk is always forgetting that Nancy Pelosi raised her kids and is a grandmother now.

The old chestnut that feminists don't have families is just a stale joke.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I am personally getting sick of all of these people that cannot keep sex out of their minds. It is all over in every kind of circumstance. Be faithful to the one that you are married to and stop all of this cheating and lying. This makes me sick!

Posted by: randykree | May 24, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

If you haven’t read by now all the headlines on this story, you’ll want to start at the beginning and read the first post, SEIU Storms Private Residence, Terrorizes Teenage Son of Bank of America Exec. Because as each day passes, new facts are popping up. The story seemed so outrageous at first. After all, the thought of over 500 screaming and chanting protesters surrounding a Bank of America lawyer’s private residence while the man’s teenage son, home alone, hid frightened inside a bathroom – it’s just so extreme, even by SEIU’s standards.

this was supposed to be the thuggish behavior of the tea parties. But as everyone but the few deranged oloons on this site, it is the liberals who threaten others and are so angry they break, steal, burn and terrorize.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 24, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Holy sh*t, Margaret, you're right!

And Haley was Sanford's "protege."

Posted by: Bondosan | May 24, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse


I could care less who she has sex with.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | May 24, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

zouk surely has plagiarized the following, which is somewhat selective in its choice of identifying the 'best' and 'most effective' female politicians:

"Feminism has backfired on the left. The heralded "Year of the Woman" (was it 1992?) was supposed to introduce a new breed of female politician that would inevitably steer the country in a progressive direction. Instead, the best and most effective female politicians have been conservative, many entering the public sphere after raising families, clear evidence that the traditional way of life is in no way as stultifying as the radfems insisted."


Somehow they overlooked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, not to mention former Senator & current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. You could include prior Secretaries of state Madelaine Albright and Condoleeza Rice, for that matter. Instead zouk's source mentions the female conservative celebrities 1/2 term governor & losing VP candidate Sarah Palin and 2nd term congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who has passed zero legislation & is known for being willing to say anything on camera rather than actually accomplishing something as a Representative of her constituents. Its pretty sad that conservatives ignore the one woman they've had that reached high office - Condoleeza Rice - while touting the imaginary accomplishments of Palin and Bachmann.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 24, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

BFD, so what, who cares, chill.

Once again, some pol someday is going to say

"This is what I do. This is who I am."

Does it make a difference here that the pol is a woman?

Does it matter whether the pol claims to be "righteous" and "abstinent" and sexually, as pure as the driven snow?

Not to me. BFD, so what, who cares, chill.

The R primary winner will win the GE in SC. Which one of them is the most pragmatic and reasonable? I have no idea, and this kind of story derails the issues.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 24, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed how much Nikki Haley looks like Mark Sanford's Argentine girlfriend?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 24, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Beware of Republicans who hold up Michele Bachmann as a paragon of womanly conservatism. Bachmann is just plain cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. She doesn't believe in global warming, thinks that Obama was not born in America, thinks that the U.S. government is using the Census to spy on people (even though the Constitution clearly states that citizens must complete the Census), and willingly perpetuated the erroneous claims about death panels in health care reform.

Posted by: binaryboy | May 24, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

She is kind of hot in that wierd librarian way, and if you have seen her hubby no wonder....

Posted by: John1263 | May 24, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Why should it only be republicon boys gettin the booty calls? You go girl!

Wouldn't vote for her, but wouldn't anyway. Still, fair is fair.

Posted by: John1263 | May 24, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Give us a break down here in SC. We fielded the best candidates, we have. You should hear the rumors about those who decided not to run. There are even more runors about the other candidates that I am sure will arise before election day. We may be last in most quality of life issues, but at least we are first in boorish behavior

Posted by: Crapshooter | May 24, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"Drill, baby, drill!"

Nikki Haley to Will Folks

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 24, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe Will Folks.
First, he is a Republican.
Second, his blog is "Faith in the Sound".
Third, Nikki is a woman. With lady-parts.
If this was true, the moralizing, self-righteous Republican would have been doing the nasty with some dude in an Exxon station restroom in exchange for some crystal meth. I'm just sayin'....

Posted by: Islander5 | May 24, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It all depends on what you mean by "sex."

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 24, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

From the Columbia SC Free Times:

http://www.free-times.com/index.php?cat=1992209084141467&act=post&pid=11862405103707328

Free Times has been investigating a story involving an alleged affair between Haley and Folks for several weeks and spoke with Folks about it May 14.

“I am told that at least one story based upon this information will be published this week,” Folks wrote on May 24.

Haley was married at the time of the alleged affair; Folks says he got married in June of that year.

Haley’s husband, Michael, works as a technician for the South Carolina National Guard and serves as an officer in the Army National Guard. They married in 1996 and have two children.

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.

Boling, who is working on the GOP gubernatorial campaign of U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, said he didn’t want to comment about the allegations to Free Times.

“You know, it’s not something I want to talk about,” Boling said.
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If the allegations were untrue, wouldn't Boling have said so- instead of saying he didn't want to talk about it?

Posted by: ratfishtim | May 24, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Feminism has backfired on the left. The heralded "Year of the Woman" (was it 1992?) was supposed to introduce a new breed of female politician that would inevitably steer the country in a progressive direction. Instead, the best and most effective female politicians have been conservative, many entering the public sphere after raising families, clear evidence that the traditional way of life is in no way as stultifying as the radfems insisted. Palin, Bachmann, and now Brewer are setting the political standard for millennial America. We are fortunate to have them.


Now if only we can get some of the males to try whatever it is they're drinking.


Posted by: bumblingberry
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So Sarah Palin has finished raising her family? Did she quit that, too?

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | May 24, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Not that it matters, but Nikki Haley is kinda cute.

Maybe she and I could shoot a little abstinence video together, if you know what I mean....

Posted by: Bondosan | May 24, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

With liberals, it is proper to call any accusation a lie, right up until the blue dress comes back from the lab, or the Edwards baby is born. After that is is deemed consensual and overblown.

with Repubs, no evidence is required. Feel free to apply the tar.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 24, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Though a male, I had sex with Chris Cilliza several years ago multiple times in 1 basic position. I feel badly about this now and want to fess up and so I'm doing it now right here for all to see before anything bad happens or people try to extort me.

I'll have nothing further to say except that Mark Sanford is a babe.

Posted by: wpjunk1 | May 24, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

From Charleston:

'State Rep. Nikki Haley (R-Lexington) is leading in the latest Rasmussen poll with 30 percent of the vote. It's a surprisingly commanding lead for Haley, who was in fourth in fundraising support just six weeks ago.

It was long expected that Haley and Congressman Gresham Barrett would be fighting for a second spot on the run-off ballot. It looks like Barrett will now be battling for that slot with Attorney General Henry McMaster, who had long been seen as the frontrunner. McMaster was at 19 percent and Barrett was at 17 percent. Eighteen percent of those polled were undecided.

There wasn't an ounce of good news in the poll for Lt. Gov. André Bauer the fourth person in the race. Support for his campaign fell from 17 percent in early March to 12 percent two months later. Worse, nearly one in five Republican primary voters polled have a "very unfavorable" opinion of Bauer, that's compared to 7 percent very unfavorable for Barrett and 5 percent for Haley and McMaster. "

Not great numbers for any of them.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

As with every other claim of an affair, it's probably true and she's probably a liar. Doesn't hypocrisy come with being a conservative?

Posted by: gce1356 | May 24, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

100% faithful! Well then, can't doubt it. I mean, so strongly asserted with numerical percentage!

Why not just state "I have been faithful to my husband"? Who expects someone to say "I've been 75% faithful"?

Methinks she protests too much.

Posted by: hitpoints | May 24, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I've heard that Folks is good folks. He's telling the truth. Haley is done. Huge egg splat on the face of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 24, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Folks says he can back it up... we'll see.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

She denies it, so I guess it didn't happen.
Posted by: jckdoors | May 24, 2010 12:28 PM

I read it on the Internet so it must be true.

Posted by: thatstevensguy | May 24, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd stood by Haley on Monday. While emphasizing her neutrality, Floyd called the allegations unfair.

"South Carolinians deserve a higher level of political discourse than this, and they frankly deserve a press corps that focuses on real, substantive issues rather than on internet rumor mongering," Floyd said. "No candidate deserves to have to defend themselves from these kinds of attacks, and South Carolinians are frankly tired of being fed unfounded gossip."

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Oh stop it, Floyd. We know she did it. Who are you trying to fool now? Repubicans cannot keep it in their panties or tighty-whiteys. But just so you know, we are keenly aware of just how hypocritical all you conservatives are. You are depraved sicko's who want to legislate morality on everyone, but secretly are pedophiles, marriage-breakers, and tramps.

Posted by: swatkins1 | May 24, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The fact is, he doesn't have to back up his claim with proof until she sues for libel. Given the nature of the accusation, how she cannot sue is beyond me...unless, of course, the accusation is true and she'd just as soon avoid forcing the evidence into the open.

Posted by: oxhead1 | May 24, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Feminism has backfired on the left. The heralded "Year of the Woman" (was it 1992?) was supposed to introduce a new breed of female politician that would inevitably steer the country in a progressive direction. Instead, the best and most effective female politicians have been conservative, many entering the public sphere after raising families, clear evidence that the traditional way of life is in no way as stultifying as the radfems insisted. Palin, Bachmann, and now Brewer are setting the political standard for millennial America. We are fortunate to have them.


Now if only we can get some of the males to try whatever it is they're drinking.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 24, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Golly gee-whillikers! It's so much fun watching the bedroom morality police conservatives not able to keep their own panties on and their knees together! I just love laughing at them tripping over their underwear as they scurry like cockroaches from these continuous never ending stories of hypocritical conservative value rhetoric! They're so cute when they first deny it...

Posted by: swatkins1 | May 24, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

She denies it, so I guess it didn't happen.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 24, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

This one is a head scratcher. If Will Folks can't back up this claim, he's finished.

If he can, she's finished.

Posted by: thatstevensguy | May 24, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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