Sanford thinks claim by blogger about affair with gubernatorial candidate is untrue

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. --- Gov. Mark Sanford says an allegation against a Republican gubernatorial candidate by a Columbia blogger who once served as the governor's press secretary is an evil brand of politics as usual.

Sanford, Folks, Haley  Associated Press
Associated Press
Sanford, Folks, Haley

Sanford said Tuesday he doesn't believe blogger Will Folks' claim that Folks had an inappropriate physical relationship with state Rep. Nikki Haley.

"It's the silly season of politics," said Sanford. "I think that people see that stuff for what it is, which is politics as usual and in this case a particularly evil brand of politics as usual."

Haley, vying to become South Carolina's first female governor, has denied any inappropriate relationship with Folks and has called the allegation "quite simply South Carolina politics at its worst" and continued to do so at a debate Tuesday in Florence.

At the Francis Marion University debate, Haley was asked if the allegations could create problems if she were governor.

"Not at all because the questions raised about my personal life aren't true," she said. "You know, it's funny how there were no questions brought up until two weeks prior to the election and when I suddenly became double-digit leader in the polls."

The three other candidates -- U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Attorney General Henry McMaster -- were sympathetic to some degree.

Bauer said every part of his personal life has been examined.

"I don't know what else is left," he said.

Barrett said South Carolinians deserve better, but that character matters. "If there's ever been a time in our history, ladies and gentlemen, where we need leaders above reproach, it's today because people ... pay attention."

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/01/10 - 02:46 pm
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The person behind the

The person behind the allegations is the person that Will Folks votes for next Tuesday.

mary dits
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mary dits 06/01/10 - 02:54 pm
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is sanford a relationship

is sanford a relationship expert? a lying expert? a body language expert? for what reason is he being consulted on this?

afskyefan
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afskyefan 06/01/10 - 03:07 pm
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Anyone can make such a claim.

Anyone can make such a claim. If this guy can't provide some proof then some action should be taken against him.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 06/01/10 - 03:16 pm
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It has been a week and still

It has been a week and still no proof. I'd look no further than to Rod Shealy for the whole thing.

mary dits
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mary dits 06/01/10 - 04:49 pm
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i can't tell if the chronicle

i can't tell if the chronicle is more eager to run the story or to say the story is totally baseless and not a real story. reminds me of a fine commentary i saw last night-
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/309294/may-13-201...

rdbike
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rdbike 06/01/10 - 05:21 pm
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Who really cares what Sanford

Who really cares what Sanford thinks or believes?

check
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check 06/02/10 - 01:00 am
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Baron makes a good point. A

Baron makes a good point. A week later -- where is the proof? Sad politics here.

getreal2012
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getreal2012 06/02/10 - 06:37 pm
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Haley will be our next Gov.

Haley will be our next Gov. The rest are sore losers and afraid she will continue to push her conservative agenda and transparency. The "good old boys" don't like it and will try anything to bring her down. Go get 'em Nikki!!!

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