May 24th, 2010
03:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin to Haley: 'Hang in there'

Sarah Palin used a Facebook posting Monday to defend the candidacy of South Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley.
Sarah Palin used a Facebook posting Monday to defend the candidacy of South Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley.

Washington (CNN) – Drawing parallels to her own experiences with rumor and political sniping, Sarah Palin used a Facebook posting Monday to defend the candidacy of South Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley.

"As I said to Nikki this morning, 'Hang in there. I've been there. Any lies told about you will strengthen your resolve to clean up political and media corruption. You and your supporters will grow stronger through things like this.'"

Palin's reaction comes just hours after Haley denied a claim that she once had an extramarital affair with a prominent South Carolina political blogger.

Palin endorsed Haley earlier this month in a surprise move, and then traveled to South Carolina, where the two women appeared at a rally.

"There is some good news for your state," Palin said at the time. "And her name is Nikki Haley."

Haley now prominently features Palin's endorsement on her campaign website – and the Tea Party favorite has surged in the polls since appearing with Palin.

In her online posting, the former GOP vice presidential nominee makes clear she is standing by her endorsement of Haley.

"When Nikki and I held her endorsement rally on the steps of the beautiful and historic South Carolina state house last month, I warned her and her family that she would be targeted because she's a threat to a corrupt political machine, and she would be put through some hell," Palin wrote on Facebook.

Palin's post also harshly criticized Will Folks, the political website editor who wrote Monday that he had an "an inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley.

Urging South Carolinians to not believe the reports, Palin wrote, "[D]on't let some blogger make any accusation against your Nikki if the guy doesn't even have the guts or the integrity to speak further on such a significant claim."

After Haley issued her denial Monday, an associate of Folks told CNN: "He has nothing to add to his comments regarding this matter and will not be conducting any further interviews on the subject."

-CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin • South Carolina
soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. ray

    hahahah. hahahah. hahahah the moose , the half governer, the moose who quit's her job is giving advice. hahahahah hahahah hahhah . birds of feathers flocks together. hahahaha hahahha

    May 24, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Greg in Colorado

    Coming from her is scarier than the actual problem. It is like getting a blessing Bush.

    May 24, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Tulsa

    Media corruption? So the mouth that quit wants to control the media?

    What do you t-baggers think of that? more government control?

    At least she's not STUPID enough to blame the Democrats..... only the morons on here do that. Pretty bad when Palin makes more sense than you do.

    May 24, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. wycliffe

    wait until a video of the affair comes out then you will shut up

    May 24, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    My God, she does look crazy.

    May 24, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Moderate

    Palin to Haley: "Hang in There"? Like she did in her job as Gov. of Alaska? She's giving advice about sticking to it? Gutting it out? "Dam the torpedos, full steam ahead"? "Don't give up the ship"? .........

    If there is anyone less qualified to give anyone advise, please tell me.

    Shame on you CNN, you keep giving this deadbeat a platform for keeping her face in ours and we don't care for her dribble anymore. She is not "news". Why don't you go out and find some?

    May 24, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Rennee' Hernandez

    If I were running for political office, I don't know that I'd want any endorsement from this Tundra Trash.

    May 24, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. kate

    The more Palin is involved, the more people will shy away fromt he Republican party. Haley would be wise to distance herself from Palin.

    May 24, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Elizabeth

    I just cannot understand why that Palin creature is still around.(?) She is SO despicable and fresh! I cannot stand that look in her eyes and turn the channel as soon as I see her.

    May 24, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. david thomas

    Most likely the allegations are true. The fact that Haley buddies up to Palin already indicates that she has judgement issues.

    May 24, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. BillE

    WOW, I'm sure that puts her mind at rest! Words of wisdom from one bimbo to another.

    May 24, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. mike

    good old Palin bad mouthing Obama about the oil spill what did
    she do with the oil spill in alaska that is still not cleaned up from
    exxon and what about all the people that were involved with the
    clean up now have medical issues thats right our socialist
    government will pick up that bill and didn't her hubby work for the
    oil company

    May 24, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    THis woman is an IDIOT. She has an answer for everything. I wish someone would take her down to the gulf and stick her in that broken pipe line and tell her to analyze that.

    May 24, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Video Guy

    If Nikki did have a affair, it would sure make Sarah girl look bad. We can only hope.

    May 24, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. ATL Guy

    Can't wait for the text msgs, pics and voicemails to come out. These things don't happen without a paper trail. Why isn't the candidate accusing this guy of libel and threatening to sue? Because it is probably true.

    May 24, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. david john

    to sarah palin's bio we can now add the words moneygrubber, moron, and consummate liar..........are people still fooled by this woman?? really??.......apparently.

    May 24, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. montag

    Isn't taking political advice from Sarah Palin a lot like getting marriage counseling from O.J. Simpson?

    May 24, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Nate from Atlanta

    Palin better be right. I don't know if I could stick my neck out there for someone I barely know when they have been accused of an affair.

    May 24, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Ben in Texas

    If there's anyone familiar with scandal, it's Palin, whose existence in politics is a scandal in itself. For Ms. Haley's sake, I hope it's all a fabrication.

    The funniest part of the whole situation is watching how the right wingers try to twist this into some plot by Democrats, when the guy who made the claim is a right-wing blogger. The earth really is flat to some people, and those same people see Democrats as the source of all evil. Every failure by a Repugnant politician can be chalked up to the secret machinations of the DNC, in direct consultation with Lucifer. There is no room for self-criticism or taking of responsibility among the hard-right fanatics.

    May 24, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Mitch

    Ok, forget about Haley's affair for a minute. The scariest thing I've read is Palin talking about the need to clean up 'media corruption'?????

    WHAT???????????????????????

    So now not only does she hate any media that isn't slanted to her view, she now wants to clean up the rest so ALL MEDIA is to her liking????

    Perhaps Palin's next book should be called 'Mein Kampf II'

    May 24, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Bob Dog

    More wonderful entertainment from Sarah and the repubs! Sarah sure can pick 'em! Its great to see Sarah and this bimbo get stained with the same event. Two for the price of one.

    This is sweet. And its all free!

    Run, Sarah Run!!!

    May 24, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Poor little picked on PARANOID T-baggers.

    WWAAAAAAAHHHHHH !!

    May 24, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Bonnie

    How soon she forgets the lies,lies,inuendos she cast all over the place during the 2008 election and also still continues on doing. Sarah Palin is no one to be giving advice,especially to someone who wants to be a governor. She did not last a full year if you count the time taken off for campaign trips. The only advice Nikki Haley needs is stay away from Sarah Palin way far away.

    May 24, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Yzma

    Is anyone keeping track of Lib vs Con affairs? I think the Cons are ahead, but I'm not sure.... With their 'family values" and anti-gay rhetoric you'd think they'd at least be more careful – if not of their morals, at least of their ability to hide the truth. Maybe they should pick someone who's not likely to run off at the mouth (or blog). Reminds me of a line from Tea and Sympathy, which, as I remember says something like this "When you speak of this in the future, and you will, be kind."

    May 24, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess my question is: Hang it there means be persisant or hang yourself with stupid comments that show you don't learn and don't care to do that? Which is it? I guess the next question is Haley really one of these hypocritical Republicans that say that they are for "family values" and then cheat on their spouse? It wouldn't surprise me if it were both.

    May 24, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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