By FOX Carolina Staff
COLUMBIA, S.C.A political blogger who claims he had an affair with Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley told FOX Carolina on Tuesday that proof of the relationship will be released soon.
Will Folks, founder of fitsnews.com, said in a blog post on the site on Monday that he had a physical relationship with Haley in 2007, while he was working for her then House re-election campaign.
"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."
Folks offered no proof of the affair in the original post, but later in the day another post said that Folks had just that.
FOX Carolina's Adrian Acosta caught up with Folks outside his home in Columbia on Tuesday. He said that he had just returned from a lengthy meeting with his lawyer and that the e-mail and text messages that prove that the affair took place will be released to the media soon.
Haley said in a statement on Monday that Folk's accusation is "categorically and totally false." She said that she has been 100 percent faithful to her husband during their 13 year marriage.
Political blogger Will Folks talks to FOX Carolina on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, about his allegations of an affair with Nikki Haley.
"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 the statement.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Haley called the claim "nothing more than a distraction" and that she will not contribute to "frenzied media sensationalism."
Haley opened a Greenville Chamber of Commerce forum at the Carolina First Center on Monday night by challenging her primary opponents to promise they will not get involved in smear tactics and personal attacks.
U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, who is also a Republican gubernatorial hopeful in the upcoming primary, said that he has been the victim of similar attacks and denounced them.
The state attorney general, another Republican gubernatorial hopeful, said that his campaign would have no part in the personal attacks.
Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, also running as a Republican in the governor's race, was not in attendance at Monday night's forum.
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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