May 26th, 2010
10:49 AM ET
11 years ago

S.C. blogger reveals texts with top Haley aide

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" The blogger claiming to have had an affair with Nikki Haley has posted a series of text messages between himself and Haley's campaign manager on his website."](CNN) - The blogger claiming to have had an affair with South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley has posted a series of text messages between himself and Haley's campaign manager that appear to show the two men colluding about how to handle the forthcoming scandal.

The messages, covering a nine-day period earlier this month before conservative blogger Will Folks went public with his accusation against the Republican hopeful, were posted Wednesday morning on his website,

"I'm telling you man, we keep this under wraps and nh is going to win," reads one text message from Haley campaign manager Tim Pearson to Folks on May 15.

Pearson and Folks swap worried messages about different reporters chasing the story, and one exchange suggests there may be a newsworthy photograph of Haley and Folks.

Pearson confirmed to CNN the authenticity of the text messages.

While Pearson and Folks make allusions to the "rumor," there is nothing in the correspondence proving Folks' claim that he had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley in 2007.

But Folks has suggested that he has more text messages and e-mails from Haley proving the supposed affair. He has yet to make that evidence public. says the correspondence released Wednesday bolsters Folks' credibility in the ongoing war of words currently consuming South Carolina politics.

In the face of blistering criticism from Haley supporters, Folks has argued that he had been supporting Haley in the governor's race and keeping her campaign "in the loop" about reporters and political rivals looking into the alleged affair.

Folks said on Monday he decided to go public with the claim to "get ahead" of the story to protect his family.

Haley, one of four GOP candidates competing in the June 8 primary, has emphatically denied Folks' allegation and blamed political opponents for the "disgraceful" charge. Haley and her supporters - including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - have worked overtime to undermine Folks' credibility.

Pearson said the text messages are authentic but said he was only working with Folks to prevent "false rumors" from coming to light.

"This blogger's overactive imagination has gone into overdrive," Pearson said in an e-mail to CNN. "South Carolina politics is full of rumors and innuendo, and of course our campaign did everything in our power to prevent false rumors about Nikki from airing out in the media as they now have.

"Every campaign would have done exactly the same thing," he added. "As always, Nikki is determined to keep this campaign focused on the people and issues that matter."

Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • Popular Posts • South Carolina
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. keep denying

    Keep denying and later come out with saying sorry and it was long time ago...
    That's how most of the politicians handle these situations and Haley is no different.

    May 26, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Psychologist

    Sure, she had an affair. The GOP is notorious for lying, take a look at Sarah Palin. She mostly utters hatred, lies, and incompetencies. Haley, member of the party of NO, said yes, and opened her legs widely. She may have even performed community service. Many, many, frequent flyer miles...

    May 26, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. dnick47

    GOPer's a first and foremeost liars and hyprocrites. This should not come as a surprise to anyone. We all sin and fall short but GOPers out on such arrogance and pride about being above the slimmy masses which makes their indescretions a stench in the body politic.

    May 26, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. LMAO

    Here we go again! Another GOP "family values" tool has been caught with their pants down. Or in this case, maybe caught with her dress down. Keep the proof coming. Sarah Palin, do you feel stupid now? You betcha! *wink wink*

    May 26, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. PDXSerric

    Sounds like someone knew what they were doing.... this reeks of set-up, to be honest.

    May 26, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Man, I had to put my popcorn aside...I'm laughing so hard I thought I might choke on it. Queue Benny Hill's theme song....

    May 26, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    IFshe is found out to have had an affair and lied about it she should be shown the door BUT not until then! Now Blumethal was found out and he STILL won the dem nomination! The dems circled the wagons around him just like they did with Rangel, Frank , and Dodd! Enough with the pandering, lying politicians! ON BOTH SIDES!
    I can hear the "What about Bush and the WMDs"? chant already. Well then, our intelligence lied, France lied, Britian lied and Germany lied as well, go take that up with them! None of that changes the fact that Blumental LIED and still won!

    May 26, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. A disillusioned Republican

    Why don't we let the allegations play out and see what happens.

    It seems there must be something in the water in South Carolina to explain the craziness going on there.

    May 26, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. SV

    The party of Family Values! What a bunch of hypocrites...

    May 26, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. bailoutsos

    "Haley and her supporters – including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin – have worked overtime to undermine Folks' credibility." -- Maybe they should get a copy of the CIA fake video of Saddam having sex with a teenage male and say it is Folks instead of Saddam.

    May 26, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. A. Goodwin

    Since this is not the court of law but the court of media – I think she DID have the affair. What does this guy have to lose? And look whas SHE has to lose! Palin is going to look like a total chump for continuing her support of Haley (not that she doesn't act like a chump on any given day).

    As a democrat, this stuff just keeps looking better and better for us. Thanks, republicans, for doing a great job at sabbotogeing your own party. This stuff is priceless.

    May 26, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. josephine

    Maybe now she'll decide to come out with the usual teary "lapse in judgement" sorry about that speech. I also wonder about the relevancy of this moron Palin. 0 for 2 this week. Her endorsed "plagiarist" candidate in Idaho lost, and now this. Loser Palin's endorsement= the kiss of death. No worries Ms. Palin, there are still a lot of suckers there who want to give you their money.

    May 26, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Minnesotan

    What a shock: Yet another lying Republican caught in a sex scandal. At least we've finally got one that doesn't involve closeted homosexual men and boys, like these conservative cretins usually lie about.

    May 26, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Richard

    These hypocritical family values Republican types are an amusing bunch, aren't they?
    Must be something in the water (Viagra, perhaps?)

    May 26, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Clifford

    And the candidate lied standing next to Sarah Palin and said there was nothing to the alleged affair. The voters have had enough of these candidates (Democrats, Republicans, etc.) lying (do anything) to get elected.

    May 26, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Dustin

    As this house of cards continues to fall, will Palin try to save face by claiming that Al GOre invented the internet, so these email must be some Liberal plot????

    May 26, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Russ

    Seems to be some sort of pattern here with S. C. Governors. After reading the texts from Folks' can't make that crap up..........she needs to humble herself and admit it. Continue to just gets worse.

    May 26, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Ben in Texas

    Trickle, trickle, trickle. The slow train wreck is coming. Another loss for Palin, like the Vaughn Ward loss in Idaho. How many teabaggers will even survive until election day, much less win?

    May 26, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. un-sung nj

    OH BOY, so Nikki and Sarah knew about this all along!!!

    Sarah's bad mouthing the press is not going to help Nikki, just like it didn't help her (sarah) in the general!!! LOL!!!

    May 26, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Old time family values that the Haley and Palin families are proud of...

    May 26, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Anything Simple Sarah touches, she destroys. Everyone she's endorsed so far has lost. This hopey changey stuff is awesome.

    May 26, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. mdn

    Sounds like a potential "soul mate" situation.

    It is nice to see one "Luv Gov" potentially replaced by another.

    May 26, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Seth

    Unless she sues for defamation of character, NH can not expect

    anyone to believe her. If she has no stamina to fight this... she

    is not determined enough to accomplish much for the people of SC.

    May 26, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. DVSD

    Sounds to me like Mr. Pearson is doing a little of his own twisting. If the alleged affair was false, why hasn't Mrs. Haley filed a defamation lawsuit against Mr. Folk. Obviously, there was something that occurred between the two, and it is obvious that both sides aren't being truthful. Mrs. Palin should keep her opinions out of this situation, because if it turns out the allegations are true, then what does that say about Mrs. Palin's judgement of character, and those she decides to endorse. Personally, I don't care what an individual does between another consenting adult or adults, so long as they perform their duties they have sworn to execute without denying others their rights.

    Everyone makes mistakes, it is how they handle those mistakes will make other people respect them or condone them. It is much better to stand up and admit to mistakes made, and try to overcome the issue, but if you conceal or misrepresent yourself, then you deserve the ridicule and fallout. Consequences for your actions, if you are unable to accept them then don't do it.

    May 26, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Tony

    Oh, oh. I was hoping this wasn't true. I'm all for taking down the hypocrite strong family value conservatives, but there are other considerations and I hoped that it wasn't true. Looks like the put up or shut up part of the show is almost upon us.

    May 26, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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