(CNN) - After a South Carolina political blogger claimed Monday to have had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley, Haley's campaign went on the warpath, issuing an emphatic denial and enlisting support from political allies to torpedo the accuser's credibility.
"There is nothing there," Haley told reporters after a debate in Greenville Monday night. "I am not going to let this distraction get to me. I know it's been a great story for you guys to have today, but there is no truth to it."
With even rival operatives privately acknowledging that Haley appears to be winning the he-said, she-said public relations battle, her campaign sought to continue that momentum Tuesday with a new ad touting support from Haley's most famous backer - Sarah Palin.
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The ad, Haley's second of the campaign, emphasizes Haley's gender in an appeal to the female voters she is targeting in her GOP primary race against three men. The June 8 primary pits Haley against Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, Attorney General Henry McMaster and Rep. Gresham Barrett.
"I am a woman who understands that through the grace of God all things are possible," Haley says in the ad, which uses footage of her and Palin at a campaign rally in Columbia earlier this month.
The ad also conveys Haley's core message: That she is an outsider who will reform South Carolina's political system, which she and her allies claim is dominated by entrenched special interests.
"We need fresh faces, fresh voices, and fresh ideas working for the people of this state, not the power of the legislature," Haley says.
The 30-second spot concludes with Palin calling Haley "a strong pro-family, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-development, conservative reformer."
The ad is running statewide, according to Haley's campaign.
I dunno, seeking political cover from a possible sex scandal (Republicans NEVER do that!) by tying on with the congential idiot Palin doens't seem like the wisest move. I would much rather vote for someone who sued their accuser, than someone linking up with the low IQ in the room.
She is paling around with Palin. As far as I am concerned she is not someone I would vote for. Her choice of backers clinches that. Don't care if she is male or female. Denying she did not have an affair has been done before. The truth always comes out no matter if you bible thump or Palin stump.
Now you're on the right track. With Palin you can not lose. PALIN FOR PRESIDENT 2012
yes palin is the one to give advice to a cheater since palin was never held accountable for having an affair with her own husbands business partner. i always say...birds of a feather need to stick together! neither would be a true republican without that little extra marital affair thingy......wink, wink.
It looks like Haley is using a gender card to be elected. What people of S.Carolina want is a competent person and NOT the show off of two women complimenting each other!
Perhaps she should consider being the spokesperson for chemical oil dispersants: We use them in Alaska and now you can too!
Since Palin pushed the "guilty by association " cliam so hard against Obama, let's do the same with this woman:
"Vote for me and i will quit office early"
"Vote for me, I don't have a clue what I'm talking about- you betcha"
"Vote for me I believe in family values but never would never take the time share that with my kids"
What possible reason does anyone care who what or where Palin is or who she endorses?
these two were made for each other, one as dumb as the day is long, the other dont understand the meaning of the word married! the future of the republican party is in great hands,,lol,
She has called in Palin? Why not just a picture of her with Governor Sanford on the Appalachian Trail?
once again invoking the GRACE OF GOD,just like that sanford sinner did and all the other repugnants.....and the alaska hag is no angel either, stay tunned.............dump them all.....
"I am a woman who understands that through the grace of God all things are possible," – INCLUDING CHEATING and trying to get away from it!!!
Haley is "a strong pro-family, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-development, conservative reformer." AND have NO solutions and No Suggestions and No Sense to realize that she's tagging along a GOV-Loser/Quitter to appeal to and convince voters to join them and fight with her to get elected???????????? Jeez!!!
a phony conservative backing another phony conservative. that has nothing to do with gender.
Lord, I'd love to do Haley and Palin at the same time.
Gee.....how does this repub candidate feel about a "whisper campaign"? Is Karl Rove working against her? Sounds like he is involved.......
Attaching herself to Palin? Is he TRYING to lose?
"The ad, Haley's second of the campaign, emphasizes Haley's gender in an appeal to the female voters"
I find it insulting, as a woman, when female politicians try to "appeal to female voters". Being female does not, I repeat NOT, mean that I'm going to vote for someone/anyone based on gender. Perfect example? Palin. She's female and I wouldn't vote for her for dog catcher . . . .anywhere, anytime!
I was willing to give Haley the benefit of the doubt yesterday, especially in the light of the personal attributes of Will Folks. Pretty hard to believe she would have been attracted to him. However, it seems there are others who have seen evidence for several years that something was going on. This is one of those classic stories that will dribble out for days and weeks to keep it in the headlines, sapping Haley's campaign.
Ignore the ankle biters!
Anyone that would use Sarah Palin as a character reference has got to be insane, be guilty, or be both. Enough said!
nikki sounds just as clueless as the quitter. Of course, the shrilla' from wasilla says she talks to God so these two are peas in the same nut pod.
Just renember nikki, the quitter was a witch or is she stiill one?
All those pros scare the heck out of me, but then again it IS SC. The new joke state.
A Sarah Palin Endorsement = Getting a Facial From A Leper.
Just remember, the more they babble about "God", the bigger fraud they are.
In regards to this whole situation...who is this Will Folks blogger? Is he a Dem or a Repub? All of the sudden, he is not going to be talking about this supposed affair anymore? You do not get to drop a bombshell like this and then suddenly not talk about it to any news outlet. If the scandal is true, he needs to provide evidence not just his word. If this is false, I would be suing the crap out of this clown if I were Mrs. Haley. Or, is this a completely bogus set up to get her National attention and to play the victim?? She is clearly learning from this country's biggest victim, Sarah Palin?? Should be interesting to see where this goes.
Cry me a river.This feel sorry for me mode these two bimbos have taken is enough to make anyone want to vomit.Little Sarah doesnt feel sorry for all the baby seals that get bashed in the head every year in her home State.
There is no telling who Haley really is, but if she is turning to the Tundra Twit for help one suspects that she is another Repugnican empty suit.