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S.C. blogger reveals texts with top Nikki Haley aide (Claims affair with GOP candidate)
CNN Politics ^ | 05/26/2010 | Peter Hamby

Posted on 05/26/2010 10:18:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The blogger claiming to have had an affair with South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley has posted a series of text messages between himself and Haley's campaign manager that appear to show the two men colluding about how to handle the forthcoming scandal.

The messages, covering a nine-day period earlier this month before conservative blogger Will Folks went public with his accusation against the Republican hopeful, were posted Wednesday morning on his website, FITSNews.com.

"I'm telling you man, we keep this under wraps and nh is going to win," reads one text message from Haley campaign manager Tim Pearson to Folks on May 15.

Pearson and Folks swap worried messages about different reporters chasing the story, and one exchange suggests there may be a newsworthy photograph of Haley and Folks.

Pearson confirmed to CNN the authenticity of the text messages.

While Pearson and Folks make allusions to the "rumor," there is nothing in the correspondence proving Folks' claim that he had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley in 2007.

But Folks has suggested that he has more text messages and e-mails from Haley proving the supposed affair. He has yet to make that evidence public.

FITSNews.com says the correspondence released Wednesday bolsters Folks' credibility in ongoing war of words currently consuming South Carolina politics.

In the face of blistering criticism from Haley supporters, Folks has argued that he had been supporting Haley in the governor's race and keeping her campaign "in the loop" about reporters and political rivals looking into the alleged affair.

Folks said on Monday he decided to go public with the claim to "get ahead" of the story to protect his family.

Haley, one of four GOP candidates competing in the June 8 primary, has emphatically denied Folks' allegation and blamed political opponents for the "disgraceful" charge.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: affair; elections; nikkihaley; southcarolina
Also, Haley and her supporters - including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - have worked overtime to undermine Folks' credibility.
1 posted on 05/26/2010 10:18:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"I'm telling you man, we keep this under wraps and nh is going to win," reads one text message from Haley campaign manager Tim Pearson to Folks on May 15.

This is not good....

2 posted on 05/26/2010 10:19:11 AM PDT by reaganairport
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To: SeekAndFind

The blogger, Will Folks claiming to have had an affair with Nikki Haley has posted a series of text messages between himself and Haley's campaign manager on his website.
3 posted on 05/26/2010 10:19:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: reaganairport

Show us the pictures, the audio and other evidence.... we’re waiting.


4 posted on 05/26/2010 10:20:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve been witholding judgement on this matter. I don’t know enough about Forks or Haley to form a good opinion.

I do know that politicians often have affairs.


5 posted on 05/26/2010 10:22:13 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: SeekAndFind

At some point, political workers are going to realize that emails and text messages live forever. If you type it, you might as well be speaking live on the 6 o’clock news.


6 posted on 05/26/2010 10:23:00 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: reaganairport

How so? All I see is him and some guy in the campaign talking about something? So far everything I’ve seen looks like a set up and a whisper campaign?


7 posted on 05/26/2010 10:24:09 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: ClearCase_guy
At some point, political workers are going to realize that emails and text messages live forever. If you type it, you might as well be speaking live on the 6 o’clock news.

I remember back during the Iran-Contra scandal that the computer people recovered a bunch of erased e-mail from backups. Admittedly, back then there was an excuse for not realizing that deleting an e-mail didn't mean it was gone forever.

8 posted on 05/26/2010 10:24:54 AM PDT by reaganairport
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To: reaganairport

If this guy has e-mail proving the relationship, why would he release the weakest e-mails he has? Best evidence to date says this guy ia a attention-seeking sicko.


9 posted on 05/26/2010 10:33:56 AM PDT by liberlog
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To: ClearCase_guy
emails and text messages live forever

It only had to happen to me once, to have one of my emails forwarded to the last person I wanted to see it.

I write everything with the idea that someone else may see it. If I criticize someone, I do it in words I would use if I was saying it to their face. If I reveal something personal, I do it with the understanding that others may see it who I did not intend. It changes the way you write, but for the better, all things considered.

10 posted on 05/26/2010 10:34:42 AM PDT by marron
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To: SeekAndFind

She will still win the nomination. She will still have my vote. This is all sleazy politics once again, and even if its true, the behavior of the Pols is as disgusting as her alleged behavior. While i don’t condone this type of behavior, its none of my business unless they go around thumping the Bible to their constituents. In that case, their is a hypocrisy problem. But NH is for the goals of the Tea Party, which are primarily focused on liberty, freedom and putting a halt to BIG GUBMINT. I don’t care if she had an affair with a damn monkey. Flame away. While i don’t like what she has allegedly done, for what i would be hiring her to do, it has no impact.


11 posted on 05/26/2010 10:36:05 AM PDT by ChinaThreat (3)
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To: liberlog
If this guy has e-mail proving the relationship, why would he release the weakest e-mails he has?

Feigning weakness while holding the trump card in reserve is an old tactic. If he can trick Haley into stonewalling some more and then produce the evidence, it puts all of the negative spotlight on her rather than him.

12 posted on 05/26/2010 10:37:48 AM PDT by reaganairport
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To: reaganairport

No, it certainly is not good for Haley. Advising Folks to “keep this under wraps” gives credibility to the charge.


13 posted on 05/26/2010 10:39:14 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: ChinaThreat

I won’t flame, and I generally agree that people should mind their business.

But...character is the virtue that I look for most in a person. More than intelligence, more than anything else.

If this woman’s husband and children can’t trust her, who can?

If this turns out to be true, I would be unable to support her.


14 posted on 05/26/2010 10:40:16 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: SeekAndFind

Lets be fair here. They haven’t had to work overtime to undermine his credibility, this guy has done that all on his own. Besides his battery conviction and his having to leave his post with Sanford under controversy.
He’s doing it all on his own.

Is it possible? Anything is possible, but the guy is getting a hell of a lot more respect than he deserves from the posts I’ve seen to this thread.


15 posted on 05/26/2010 10:46:36 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: ChinaThreat
While i don’t condone this type of behavior, its none of my business unless they go around thumping the Bible to their constituents. In that case, their is a hypocrisy problem.

Fair enough. However, it would bother me if it turned out to be true after she denied it -- that raises an obvious trust issue.

16 posted on 05/26/2010 10:49:37 AM PDT by reaganairport
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To: Retired Greyhound

While i generally agree with you, some of the world’s greatest leaders have been philanderers. Some were alcoholics, some were even kleptomaniacs or drug addicts. It depends on what i am hiring them for and whether or not they can get their job done. While i would never get involved in a relationship with a person like that, i may hire them to run my business unless they have shown weakness in an area which may affect their job.


17 posted on 05/26/2010 10:52:16 AM PDT by ChinaThreat (3)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whether this is true or untrue, the guy is a scuzball. You don’t do something like this to someone you care about.

Someone is looking to sink her and they are dredging up her personal life to do it. Thats pretty low. True or false, its low. For the guy involved to play along is contemptible.


18 posted on 05/26/2010 10:53:07 AM PDT by marron
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To: ChinaThreat

I agree with you 100%! She has my vote too.


19 posted on 05/26/2010 10:57:31 AM PDT by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: marron

More on Mr. Scuzzball FYI

http://www.redstate.com/athensrunaway/2010/05/25/the-sleazy-scummy-scandal-smearing-of-nikki-haley/


20 posted on 05/26/2010 10:58:45 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: marron
I write everything with the idea that someone else may see it. If I criticize someone, I do it in words I would use if I was saying it to their face. If I reveal something personal, I do it with the understanding that others may see it who I did not intend. It changes the way you write, but for the better, all things considered.

Solid suggestion considering the lack of ethics and loyalty plaguing our society today. One can never be careful enough!
21 posted on 05/26/2010 10:59:04 AM PDT by MollyKuehl (Contribute to FR: $10 $20 $50 $100 REMEMBER, LURKING IS A FORM OF ENTITLEMENT!!!)
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To: ChinaThreat

Other than King David, I am unable to recall any “great leaders” that were philanderers. There have been successful people, but their lack of character is what prevents them from being truly great, at least in my eyes.

Ross Perot fired his top guy at EDS when he discovered the man was a cheating on his wife. Perot believed that if the guy’s own wife couldn’t trust him, neither could he.

It will only be a matter of time until the cheater that you hire cheats you.


22 posted on 05/26/2010 10:59:27 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: marron

Everyone has a favorite email faux pas; I had a buddy of mine who was a CSR send an estimate to our boss for approval, the boss replied that the price was okay, along with a string of invective and angry pejoratives about the client and my buddy sent the whole thing along to the client.

My friend, who was just getting his start in agency business and was really nervous in the first place, literally and very nearly had a heart attack.

My boss, who is a confident and wealthy exec laughed the whole thing off.

The client, seemingly, never saw the comments or never said anything


23 posted on 05/26/2010 11:00:26 AM PDT by incredulous joe
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To: ChinaThreat

I agree with you. If she made a mistake, thats bad, and I can see why she would prefer to keep it private. You can criticize her for not being forthright about it, and you’d be right, but you can also understand why she wouldn’t want to spill her guts on the subject and have it splashed all over page one.

But, and to me this is an important but, the people who are using this to sink her are worse. So your choice is someone who politically agrees with you, who made a mistake in her private life, versus someone who doesn’t agree with you politically and is ruthless and willing to stop at nothing in pursuit of power.

Easy choice.


24 posted on 05/26/2010 11:02:03 AM PDT by marron
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To: ChinaThreat

I’d rather a conservative hypocrite than a liberal with no values to betray.

I’d rather have high values that I couldn’t always live up to than some so low they were easy to conform to.

But if she lied about it, well she runs into the same problem Nixon did. If he’d just come out and said, “yeah, so what?” they couldn’t have touched him.


25 posted on 05/26/2010 11:21:38 AM PDT by chesley (Lib arguments are neither factual, logical, rational, nor reasonable. They are, however, creative.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Still not buying it. If Folks really did have the evidence, making it all public at once would have been the better move. Letting it out little by little only prolongs the scandal for Haley and for his own family. Plus, it makes Folks look like he needs time to fabricate the evidence.

Nope, not buying this one little bit.
26 posted on 05/26/2010 11:21:50 AM PDT by 84rules ( Ooh-Rah! Semper Fi!)
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To: marron
Actually, those are not the choices. The choices are Haley, Bauer, McMaster, and Barrett. Maybe one of Haley's opponents is using it to sink her, but there are no allegations that all of her opponents are involved in trashing her.

Assuming the allegations are true, and you were a Haley supporter, the choice would more likely be between Haley as an adulteress, and some other Republican candidate. Your decision would depend on how much you abhor adultery and how close another candidate is to your liking.

27 posted on 05/26/2010 11:26:09 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: reaganairport

Yep. It ain’t gonna go well for this gal. She might as well drop out now, than have a slow drip of emails showing she’s a liar.


28 posted on 05/26/2010 11:29:26 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s betting that Will’s brother, Ken, is in on this scheme.


29 posted on 05/26/2010 11:30:18 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: Retired Greyhound

“Other than King David, I am unable to recall any “great leaders” that were philanderers.”

Frankly, for the majority of history, it wasn’t considered philandering for a man to have more than one wife or concubines. This would cover most of the great men in history.


30 posted on 05/26/2010 11:44:38 AM PDT by ChinaThreat (3)
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To: SeekAndFind

Will Folks is the owner and founder of his website, Fitsnews.com. Everything he posts is only on that site, and I am quite curious why, Henry McMaster pulled his political ad from Fitsnews. The so so-called emails does not look to me legitimate at all, Something very phony going on here.
Also, one of Gresham Barretts supporters went to a judge to have an injunction to pull Haleys ad from appearing on TV, due to “election campaign rules”, as posted in the Spartanburg Herald Journal.. So, I would like to see these rules in writing and displayed for all to see. So far everything is only heresay. Will Folks is looking for publicity, and maybe, being paid to trash Nikki Haley because she was leading in the Republican campaign. Also Will Folks worked with Haley years ago, and was Gov Sanfords aid or spokesperson.


31 posted on 05/26/2010 11:54:38 AM PDT by Bullfrogg (American by birth, Irish by heritage, and hellraiser by choice)
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To: ChinaThreat

Not so much the “more than one wife part” as much as the part where he slept with Bethsheba while her husband Uriah was at war, and then had Uriah killed.

Multiple wives was very common at that time.


32 posted on 05/26/2010 3:32:34 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: SeekAndFind

Also, Haley and her supporters - including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - have worked overtime to undermine Folks’ credibility.

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I’m FROM SC. I’ve met Nikki Haley. I’ve met Will Folks. I’ve watch BOTH of them at work for the last 6 or 8 years. It’s not even a CLOSE contest as to who has credibility. NO ONE has to sork to thrown Folks under the bus or undermine his credibility — he HAS none.

Nikki has been above board, fought for the people, worked for transparency in the Legislature, is a Tea Party sctivist, advocate of small government and states rights — DON’T throw her to these wolves base solely on “texts” that could have been doctored or created out of thin air! Are people — CONSERVATIVES!? — that freaking gullible?!

Folks appears to have been working with — or his hand was forced by — one of her opponents; perhaps the one who has been in Washington TOO long. Unless he can produce EVIDENCE that has NOT been tampered with, his word is worth SQUAT.


33 posted on 05/26/2010 8:19:55 PM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: reaganairport

Maybe, but if there are legitiamate e-mails, Haley has to know those exist and can be produced. She’d be even more stupid than her accuser...and he seems pretty stupid.


34 posted on 05/26/2010 9:11:55 PM PDT by liberlog
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