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Haley vs. Folks: Notes on how to handle a scandal

May 27, 2010 11:28:00 PM - thestate.com

Communications experts say history shows the best choice for candidates and public officials accused of adultery or other impropriety is to come clean quickly.

Those questions have hit Lexington Rep. Nikki Haley’s gubernatorial campaign this week, after a blogger and former employee, Will Folks, claimed he had an “inappropriate physical relationship” with Haley in 2007. Haley has said Folks’ claim is not true, and Folks has yet to provide anything more than circumstantial evidence such as phone records and text messages between him, media and Haley’s campaign.

Thursday, Folks released three years of his cell phone records showing he and Haley called each other 712 times from January 2008 through April of this year. Folks told The State Thursday he has text messages from Haley, which he and his wife described as “emotional exchanges” but not sexual in nature. Those could be released soon, he said.

Tim Pearson, Haley’s campaign manager, said Thursday: “This is getting ridiculous. A blogger drops a thousand pages of phone records unearthing the mindblowing revelation . . . that he and Nikki Haley spoke on the phone. Of course they spoke on the phone.”

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