When shady South Carolina blogger Will Folks claimed he had an affair with SC gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, I said we’d need a little more time to determine whether he was telling the truth,
So, here’s how I’m looking at the story. There will be some hard evidence if this happened. Nikki Haley didn’t thank him one day for writing a nice column about her and then ask him to meet her in a hotel room. If they slept together, Folks has emails, texts, and IM messages that will prove it. That’s what he’s claiming, right? If he really has them, they’ll be released within a few days time and I’ll believe something happened. Until then, I think Haley deserves the benefit of the doubt. So, unless we see something solid from Folks by Friday, I’d say SC Republicans should assume that Folks is lying. In any case, lying or not, he’s obviously a world class douchebag.
That was a week ago. So, has Folks ever delivered the proof?
He produced some phone records that showed he and Haley spent a significant amount of time on the phone together when he worked for her campaign. He’s also continued to flog the story endlessly on his blog.
Yet, he hasn’t produced anything that shows they had an affair. There are no texts, no IMs, and no emails proving her guilt. Yet’s Folks’ blog told us they were coming,
Phone records, text messages, emails, voice mails … these are the identifying markers of any love affair, and ground zero when it comes to any “he said, she said” battle in civil or criminal court.
Well … we’ve got the ultimate “he said, she said” battle on our hands in South Carolina, where bad boy blogger Will Folks (our founding editor) has been called to the carpet following his forced admission of a vexingly vague “inappropriate physical relationship” with S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley, the front-runner for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
…So … what would several years worth of phone records, text messages, emails and voice mails between Will Folks and Nikki Haley look/ read like?
And will we ever get to see that voluminous record of correspondence?
All we can tell you for now is that the record of correspondence between the two of them began on November 20, 2005 – with an email sent at 8:33 a.m. from Haley’s State House email address (email@example.com) to Will Folks’ personal address (firstname.lastname@example.org) in which Haley complimented Folks on an article he had written praising her gubernatorial ambitions.
We know … how ironic is that?
That four-and-a-half year record of correspondence ended on Saturday, May 22, 2010 – three days ago – with a text message sent from Folks’ cell phone to Haley’s cell phone at 1:04 p.m. alerting her to the fact that he had been placed in a position where he felt that he had no choice but to address the rumors regarding their relationship on his website.
Those are the bookends … but what happened in the interim?
A lot … stay tuned …
First off, just a warning for the other bloggers at Right Wing News: if the words “bad boy blogger” are ever used to describe me on RWN, I’m going to personally break the thumbs of the person responsible for making me sound like such an ass.
However, getting beyond that, Folks is the one who broke the story. Folks is the one who drove it. The whole idea that there were “Phone records, text messages, emails, voice mails” that would prove the affair came from Folks’ blog.
Yet, after having publicly smeared Haley, after having Haley deny that it ever happened, we’re a week out and he hasn’t delivered the goods. Why is that?
Given the way he’s behaved, he’s certainly not trying to protect Haley. Now that he’s made the allegation, legally, he’s not going to be put in jeopardy by providing evidence he was telling the truth. Additionally, the enormous stream of traffic to his website that occurred right after the allegations seems to have largely dried up — so if he wanted to keep it flowing, he should have already produced some real evidence.
So, with that in mind, I think the question in my first post has now been answered. Is Will Folks Jayson Blair Or Levi Johnston? It looks like he’s Jayson Blair. A lying scumbag who made up this entire story to get attention and hurt Haley — and that’s assuming that no money changed hands to put this information out there so close to the campaign.