First, the players. There’s Marc Sanford, the outgoing governor, who met his soulmate in Brazil. He has only a bit part, but at the teary press conference that made a hiking trail famous we caught a glimpse of our main character, his former press secretary.
Will Folks was the shaved bullet-headed guy wandering around in back. He resigned a few days later, presumably because he didn’t approve of the governor’s affair and didn’t enjoy lying.
Then there’s Nikki Haley, a Republican candidate in the S.C. gubernatorial primary who’s been leading in the polls ever since Sarah Palin endorsed her.
Now the story. Folks is now claiming he’s been doing some hiking of his own. Here’s how he put it on his blog a few days ago:
…on a very personal level I have become the primary target of a group that will apparently stop at nothing to destroy the one S.C. gubernatorial candidate who, in my opinion, would most consistently advance the ideals I believe in.
…within the last forty-eight hours several pieces of information which purportedly document a prior physical relationship between myself and Rep. Haley have begun to be leaked slowly, piece by piece, to members of the mainstream media. I am told that at least one story based upon this information will be published this week. Watching all of this unfold, I have become convinced that the gradual release of this information is deliberately designed to advance this story in the press while simultaneously forcing either evasive answers or denials on my part or on Nikki’s part.
I refuse to play that game. I refuse to have someone hold the political equivalent of a switch-blade in front of my face and just sit there and watch as they cut me to pieces.
The truth in this case is what it is. Several years ago, prior to my marriage, I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki.
She, on the other hand, vigorously denies this. So now he’s releasing evidence, day by day, drip by drip. Like text messages from her campaign manager; like someone seeing his car parked at her house a lot; like phone logs showing hundreds of calls.
Except that he worked for her at the time.
And does what he’s doing make any sense? How does pre-emptively disclosing this possibly help his “ideal” candidate?
Now all the conservative bloggers are jumping all over each other accusing him of being paid by her opposition.
I don’t think he’s being paid, and I don’t think he had the affair. This same guy pled guilty to domestic violence five years ago, but claimed at the same time he was innocent (now he’s married to the poor girl).
He needs help.
Maybe he should check back in with Marc Sanford, who seems quite happy these days.