Palin: Blogger's Haley Affair Claim 'Convenient' 5-24-2010 - FOX Carolina 21

Palin: Blogger's Haley Affair Claim 'Convenient' 5-24-2010

By FOX Carolina Staff
COLUMBIA, S.C.Former vice-presidential candidate and Nikki Haley endorser Sarah Palin is brushing off claims by a political blogger is claiming he had an affair with the Republican gubernatorial candidate.
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Haley is denying the allegation that was posted by Will Folks on his blog.
"I have been 100 percent faithful to my husband throughout our 13 years of marriage," Haley said in a statement to the media. "This claim against me is categorically and totally false."
Folks offers no proof of any relationship in his blog post, but claims the relationship took place when he worked for Haley in 2007.
"The truth in this case is what it is," Folks said in his blog post at fitsnews.com. "Several years ago, prior to my marriage, I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki."
The allegation comes a year after Gov. Mark Sanford famously vanished from the state for five days, later admitting he'd traveled to Argentina to visit his mistress. The scandal ended Sanford's marriage and led to calls for his resignation. He is term limited and leaves office in January.
Haley is a three-term legislator and is one of four Republicans seeking the party's gubernatorial nomination. The state representative has been endorsed by both Palin and the state's former first lady, Jenny Sanford.
In a posting on her Facebook page Monday, Palin said it was "quite convenient" that Folks made the allegation and then said he would not talk any further about it. She said she warned Haley when she endorsed her that she and her family would be targeted.
"These attacks, and those sure to follow, are an effort at distraction, but I will keep my focus on what matters, and that is delivering South Carolina's government back to our people," Haley said in a statement.
The primary is June 8.
A recently released Rasmussen Poll revealed that Haley is leading the Republican ticket for governor ahead of the primary. Haley had 30 percent of respondents support, followed by Attorney General Henry McMaster at 19 percent, Rep. Gresham Barrett at 17 percent and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer at 12 percent. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent.



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