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. Joe in PA

    Don't worry folks, Sarah will come to her rescue and everything will be OK.

    May 26, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Millie (GSO)

    What is in the SC water, that the GOP is drinking? Think we need to send the EPA in to take a wait the GOP wants to eliminate the EPA; never mind.

    May 26, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. kf

    Palin, she gotch ya! How are you going to spin this one?

    May 26, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Charles

    Why did he say he did if he didn't? That doesn't make sense.

    May 26, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. No Incumbents 2010

    I am shocked that CNN would publish the rumors of a backstabbing blogger with a criminal record, without any evidence to support his claim. Not only that, but Folks only said he had an “inappropriate physical relationship”; what does that mean? For all we know, that could mean he tried to kiss Haley and she slapped him. Folks never even said there was a consensual sexual relationship, but everyone is jumping to conclusions prematurely. For all we know, both Folks and Haley could be telling the truth. It is obvious this is a fake controversy intended to distract attention from the real issues in the campaign and Haley’s qualifications. There is no evidence Folks was coerced into any of his daily drip of rumor and innuendo. This is clearly politically motivated and timed to hurt Haley. Folks lied when he said he would have nothing else to say about this. The only true thing Will has said is that he has an insatiable lust for attention.

    May 26, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. lolo

    Now how do you spin this one Ms. Palin? You pick losers because you are a loser. You know nothing when it comes to politics. For that matter you know nothing about anything. You keep talking before you know the facts. The point is that you want to be relevant, but it is not so. The republicans are a disgrace to America. Just keep on lying for party. The conservative hypocrites strike again.

    May 26, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Tina

    I say subpoena this young man forthwith. His phone records, his computer (s) and his server host, et al., under oath. Put up all you have Mr. Folks or shut up. If it’s found that you have no definitive evidence goodbye to you for about 180 days.

    On the other hand if he is telling the truth say goodbye to your career Ms. Haley as we the people have no time for these games, next.

    May 26, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Indy

    I was ready to believe Haley until the Alaskan Disaster joined her at the hip. Palin is most known for her lies and deceit all across the country and when she speaks it is most often the opposite is the truth.Palin has lied so much since her VP nomination that she could never get her credibility back on track, she has sold all her morals and truth for the almighty dollar. I am sure if you asked five thousand Americans to use one word to describe Palin the word most often used would be "Liar" and she has earned that all by herself and will have to live with that forever.

    May 26, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Bob Dog

    This is outstanding entertainment. Its just adorable to see this republican pig get raked over the coals for her own behavior.

    The icing on the cake is to have Palin endorse her just a few days before this mess broke in the press.

    It should be just wonderful to watch her continue to embarrass herself, her state, her family, and her party.

    You can't buy this kind of marvelous entertainment.

    May 26, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Joseph B

    This is an ugly situation. It strongly appears that someone here is lying for their benefit. And that person knows it.
    And whoever is lying, likely will face no consequences. This is a problem with America today – actions with no repercussions and almost no sense of personal responsiility.
    Let's as American all take more personal responsibility for making the US a better place.

    May 26, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Grahame Rhodes

    This story will not go away. It would have if that moronic lunatic
    Sarah Palin had managed to keep her big mouth shut for once. If anybodies credibility could sink lower than hers I'd like to be nowhere near it. Sarah Palin is a disease for which there is no cure..................Yet

    May 26, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. RufusVonDufus

    Apparently Dem's don't have plumbing which needs tended to once in a while. Too bad!

    May 26, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Big John

    Who can trust Republican's honesty these days?

    May 26, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. dave

    Shameful.... the right always touts "moral values" Its a do as I say, not as I do mentality........ and they call liberals elitists?? Hypocrits.

    May 26, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. David in Houston

    If Mr. Folks accusations are so "disgraceful" as they claim, then why does he & Haley's campaign manager have such a cozy relationship?

    Coincidence? I think not...

    May 26, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Peace

    I smelled this was on the way coming. She now makes Tiger Wood look better as he has never run for any Gov. Office. It is time now to vote for the best cheater!

    May 26, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Matty K in NJ

    Another Republican scandal. Step right up to the political carousel 'cause we're going around and around in the same direction.

    May 26, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. GL

    Can't hear Sara Palin now. Sara Palin have to be the most stupitest person on the planet. She mades comments without even knowing the facts. Sara Palin is her own wosrt enemy.

    May 26, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. purrs

    I think it's great that women in politics are having affairs too. Women are just as capable as men.

    May 26, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Jack in Des Moines

    Will Folks sounds like a real dirt-bag.

    May 26, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Dr Floppy PhD

    Saying "Your the one who screwed her. You’re the one who bragged about it," doesn't sound like he's merely talking about a false rumor.

    May 26, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. GL

    Republicans need to drop the FAMILY VALUE and the FISCAL RESPONSIBLE becasue they have proved to be neither.

    May 26, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. MJ

    The quintessential Republican!

    May 26, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Arun

    If this is true, then the party of hypocrits has another idiot running for office. I don't think I have enough fingers to count the number of 'family values' candidates have 0 value about anything else except for their hypocrisy!!

    May 26, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I for one don't believe the story. The holy saint, Sarah Palin, said it wasn't true and that's good enough for me. You betcha (wink, wink)

    May 26, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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