Has it finally happened? A female politician involved in a sex scandal?
Rumors had been swirling for some time among Palmetto State Politicos about leading gubernatorial candidate State Rep. Nikki Haley.
Today, former Gov. Sanford aide turned-acerbic-and-randy-blogger Will Folks claimed that he had an “inappropriate physical relationship” with Haley, a family-values Republican, Tea Party favorite and endorsee of Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Jenny Sanford.
Folks stated on his blog that “within the last forty-eight hours several pieces of information which purportedly document a prior physical relationship between myself and Rep. Haley have begun to be leaked slowly, piece by piece, to members of the mainstream media.”
Even an occasional glance at his daily postings shows Will Folks has a thing for the ladies: his blog is famous for the Carolina’s Hottest Lawyer Contest where lusty legal-types submit names and pictures of the comeliest female attorneys in the state, with a final vote determining the “Hottest.” But Folks has been a real force in S.C. politics. He worked as spin-meister for Gov. Sanford for several years before becoming a blogger, then distanced himself after the famous(ly weird and awkward) Argentinean-mistress sex scandal rocked the news. His blog — fitsnews.com, which he calls “Unfair. Unbalanced.” — is ubiquitous in South Carolina politics. His cranky, sarcastic commentary and insider scoops have made his blog a daily read among the powerful. And politicians have treaded lightly around Folks . . . at least until now.
Take away: there is a critical mass of women who are now in politics, maybe enough in fact for them to possibly have A Sex Scandal Of Their Own.
Nikki Haley’s campaign has just released a statement denying the affair.
Is Folks to be believed? Well, he’s widely read because his scoops are largely on point. Plus, he’s got nothing to gain from lying — if he’s read because rumors/predictions he posts come true, and if he’s made this whole thing up, his credibility is in shreds.