(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.
The "inappropriate contact" complaint seems to have come out of nowhere, with no facts and less proof. But I'm steamed about Haley's suggestion that I should or would vote for her just becauses she's a woman. We're not stupid but I'm beginning to think she is.
Whether this is true or not, this blogger let the cat out of the bag last year and has been saying it ever since according to one news source. If it has been out there that long why is she just NOW denying. Is it because she is running for office.
If it had been me, I would have addressed this issue last year.
If she was winning recently...she just gave her campaign the kiss of death by having Palin alongside her. tsk tsk. LOL
Before ya all get your britches ridin' high, remember that "Conservative" by definition cannot be a "reformer." Conserving the status quo, or keeping it the way it is, is how must republicans would like it to be......
"libera;" or, "open minded" and by definition progressive...reforming and changing.
I wonder how long she will be in office before SHE heads down to Argentina? Salsa anyone?
Looks to be a typical lib/socialist character assassination attack. Such is the state of politics today. More false allegations will surely follow.
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Having Palin back her up is definitely a big strike against her.
Did she or didn't she? Only 2 people really know the truth but gossip, lies, propaganda will not resolve all the issues S.C faces or this country. However, Palin is still a poltical idiot and is only good for propaganda, lies and gossip. Since I have not vote in that race, the S.C race, I hope that the best person wins. And if a male comes out on top who is pro-life,pro-choice, pro 2nd amend and pro-development and not a radical conservative all the better.
I’m willing to give Haley the benefit of the doubt as there is no proof yet to confirm the blogger’s allegation. However, Since Haley likes to quote scripture, I have one for her. “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” Luke 12:2 NIV. I hope for the sake of her family and political career that she has nothing to hide.
WOW. People wonder why Ms Palin is always on the negative side of the 'liberal' media. Look no further.
All I can say is What!! Why are crazies allowed to run for office?
Whether or not this woman had an affair is irrelevant, many people make that mistake and move on with their lives. However, mentioning the word "god" is unforgivable. Separation of church and state is critically important and any candidate who uses religion as a vote getting tool should be immediately disqualified on suspicion of being controlled by a special interest group.
Anyhow, as she's GOP and backed by Palin we already know she's a crook.
Anyone Sarah Palin endorses I certainly will NOT vote for.
Haley, you need to rid yourself of Palin. Intelligent people do NOT like her. She is poison to your compaign.
Conservative, Republican, family values oriented, and a South Carolina governor candidate having an affair? Impossible! I think they have confused this with possibly hiking the Appalachian trail with a soul mate. Republicans believe in God...they don't cheat...they don't even know how.
Nikki...you better be sure the blogger doesn't have evidence of your affair with him!
Now we wait for the racy photos and/or sex video to surface...
Then we move on to the tearful confession and resignation...yawn
If he has proof – emails, pictures, voice mail, etc to prove that they had a relationship, he should bring them out and make his case.
If not – he is lying. Plain and simple.
OH, Nikki Haley getting the support from someone who quit her governorship in order to make millions blasting the government with half truths...well ...to me, means you too care only to be a celebrity and not a real politcy maker who is concerned about addressing and solving the real issue of the country. You lost my support.
Sarah will run away with the 2012 South Carolina GOP primary!!!!!!
Wow...now there's one huge political mistake...using Palin in an ad to support you...kinda questions your decision making ability...just as it did with John McCain's when he selected Palin in the first place.
Guilty is guilty, good luck getting elected after an alleged affair.
I can't wait to vote for the Republican's and Tea Party endorsed candidates this November!!
I'm sorry to say this but when I look at Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Ms [Chicken Lady] ___ Lowden (Nevada), I must say that through a punani all things are possible. The only thing these women have going for them is some segment of the male population finding them attractive and fantasizing about laying with them.
I would think Ms. Haley, if she is a serious, informed, smart accomplished woman, would run in the other direction from Sarah Palin.
WHY does any politician, with half a brain, even want Sarah Palin in their campaign? She QUIT on the state of Alaska, as Governor, because she didn't win the election for McCain, and her inflated EGO couldn't handle it. Two years ago, NOONE knew who Sarah Palin was, and now she is like a bad case of IBS that will NOT go away. She blames the media at every turn, but yet she just LOVES the LIMELIGHT. Sarah can't have it both ways.