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. IVOTE

    QUESTION: How in this world can Sarah know if this allegation is true or not? She should stay in her own lane this time because her own record pool is cloudy with worms.

    May 24, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Tulsa

    Hey independant Joe, Did you read the article? IT's a REPUBLICAN who said he's banging her!
    Sheesh, are you THAT stupid?
    ..... oh, right! you're a republican. Sorry I asked.

    May 24, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. psk2

    I'm not a Palin fan, but I hope this doesn't backfire on her. The real issue is: how to get the politicians out of our personal lives, including the right to choose.

    May 24, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. liberal media

    Liberal media will never stop spreading lies about the repubs. that's how obama got elected and will get reelected

    May 24, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Hmm. Facebook status updates is the best she can do? I guess that Bachelor's degree in Journalism was a bad idea, huh? Mabye Political Science would have been best, eh Palin? Oh wait that would have taken longer than the 6 years it took to get the Journalism degree. Never mind.

    May 24, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. John H.

    Palin is playing all of her supporters like a $10.00 fiddle and laughing all the way to the Bank, you people are fools!

    May 24, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. bsujoe21

    Clean up the "media corruption." What is she talking about? Because reporters pointed out the fact that she had no experience or the intellectual capacity to hold the VP position, they are corupt? She should probably look at Foxnews, her employer, to fight media corruption. Please Americans, stop giving her the opportunity to matter in mainstream media and politics. She is dangerous for our country!

    May 24, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    The Obambi and dumpocrap smear machine is is panic mode knowing they are going to get their hat handed to them in Nov 10

    May 24, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Jim In Miami

    I hear there's a "sex tape"

    May 24, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Bob of Lompoc

    And Ms. Palin wants Blogger Will Folks, the second half of this hanky panky deal, to "speak further about this significant claim". What would possess her to make this request? Any sensible person in politics would want this thing to go away and everyone to just shut up about it. Not Palin – she wants MORE information. Does she never tire of trying to place herself in the front of EVERY issue?

    Einstein: "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has it's limits".

    May 24, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. dean

    Ohh please Palin, why are you making youself fool and look like a foolest

    May 24, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Four and The Door who said.......

    It is refreshing to see a politician just step up and say the right thing quickly and decisively. That's just one of the things that makes Sarah Palin genuine.
    -------------------------------–
    That has to be the most ignorant comment I've heard. I doubt if Simple Sarah knows the "facts" about anything, let alone someone's sex life. The only thing genuine about Simple Sarah is her stupidity.

    May 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Leftist liberal smear tactics as usual."

    A fellow Republican...the one she supposedly nookied with...is the one who outed her. This isn't liberal smear. This is her own darn fault and the media latching onto another juicy gossip-type story to increase viewership and therefore ad revenue. They were all over Clinton and, more recently, Edwards, parading Elizabeth Edwards in front of everyone to remind people what a jerk John was, so you can't claim this is bias. It just plain isn't supportable.

    May 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. June in Chicago

    Palin is just plain scary-stupid. The fact that her endorsement means anything positive to anyone is equally scary.
    ____________

    Paul – Thanks for the plain and simple truth!!

    May 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. j in wyo

    for crying out loud. She posted this to Facebook. That means anyone who cares what she thinks can "Like" her on Facebook, and news sites such as CNN can spare the rest of us the annoyance of acknowledging her existence.

    May 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Dustin

    Palin is credible because the media has made her so. I had this debate with a friend of mine who is conservative (but sane) and his point was that if the media would quit following everything that she does then there would be no Sarah Palin to follow. At the same time, I hope she keeps in the spotlight. It reminds the moderates what will happen if they let the Tea Party nuts take over. I expect a lot more votes for Dems this year than the Repubs think. Sure we are tired of the same old bs, but we also aren't dumb enough to put these backwards thinking nuts into power. At least I hope were not,

    May 24, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. BS Catcher

    I do hope that Nikki had an affair and there is proof all over the place. It would be great for Sarah to look like a freak!

    May 24, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "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.'"

    Did she forget her own rule-of-thumb caveat? i.e., "...unless this makes you famous and controversial enough that the speaking fees, ghost written books and other offers start flooding in, in which case you'd sell your own children for the money they're offering."

    May 24, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. buke56

    INDEPENDENT JOE So according to you if you criticize Palin for being a stupid liar that somehow its sexist. I guess if you criticize all the congressmen and senators that have been caught lying its sexist also. Youre moniker says your independent. Probably a tea bagger. Sad.

    May 24, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. JackinBeats

    my 8 year old is wiser than palin...tea partiers...you've been had!

    May 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Nadeem

    How many sex scandals can one party have? What's in that tea anyway?

    May 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Susan

    And what will you say Palin if this "Affair" is true? I can't help but comment on Palin and her remarks about Obama not doing anything about this Oil spill, and yet she preaches less government.......Jindal the same....smaller government but now he wants money to bail out his State from this Oil Spill, now Arizona Govenor wants helicopters and Drones for her state yet she and McCain complain about our Govenment spending to much......all of a sudden all these Republicans that have run on the idea that Obama is spending to much now have their hands out.......why are any of you or your states anymore important than the people that were loseing their homes or why do you think you are anymore important than all the people that don't have health care.....you gripped that it was going to cost to much....you say you don't want Big Government....let the States do more for themselves........well then find the money you need from your own State coffers and stop talking out of both sides of your mouth.......the Government shouldn't bail you out if you don't want the Government to bail out others

    May 24, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Russ

    Yea, Sarah, tell her to hang in there and lie about it as long as you can. Don't admit to it until you absolutely have to. That's the Republicant way. Might as well make yourself look as a bad as you can. And you will. I'm sure the photos and details will surface soon. Let's just hope it's before you're elected so you don't have to quit your office like Sarah did. Another self rightous, family values kinda gal. Maybe you could hang out with Ensign.

    May 24, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Winkandanod

    I...did...not... have...sexual realtions with that blogger. It depends on what you mean by sexual reations. I did flavor a cigar for him.

    May 24, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Tom

    Finally, a topic Palin has the credentials to make comments, since her own unmarried daughter has an illegitimate child.

    May 24, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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