I had never heard of Nikki Haley until a few days ago.
She is an elected member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, and she decided to run for Governor of that state. Married to a career military officer for the past 13 years, they have two children.
All well and good. But it seems that those who oppose her candidacy are throwing as much mud as they can in an attempt to turn voters against her. As this op-ed details, the biggest clod came from a member of her own party.
It all began in late May when Will Folks, a minor-league Republican operative turned blogger, claimed that he had a sexual relationship with Haley in 2007. The dignity that Folks brings to journalism is encapsulated in his latest blog post: “I have purposely refrained from discussing the physical details of my relationship with Rep. Haley. Believe it or not, I am a Southern gentleman.”
And that is not all. A fellow named Larry Marchant also came forward to claim that he and Ms. Haley had a one night stand back in 2007. His credibility was immediately called into question when it came to light that he is a paid consultant for one of Ms. Haley’s political opponents.
When I came across this turgid tale of bare-knuckle politics run amok I was struck by how Mr. Folks, the blogger and alleged hunk of man candy, described himself. “Believe it or not, I am a Southern gentleman.”
I’m a blogger myself, although I am not from the South. And I don’t recall that anyone has ever said that I was a gentleman. But I would like to go on record as saying that I have never, ever had an affair with Ms. Haley. Heck, we have never even met! And I have the phone records to prove that we have never exchanged even a single call.
Something tells me that this revelation will give Ms. Haley a 15 point jump at the polls!
(Hat tip to Glenn.)