Daily Mail Says Haley Banned Them After Report
Former South Carolina governor and current presidential candidate Nikki Haley has found herself at the center of a scandal involving allegations of cheating on her husband. Multiple sources who worked with her during her gubernatorial campaign have come forward with claims that Haley had two extramarital affairs, despite her public denials.
The allegations date back to 2010, when Will Folks, a South Carolina communications consultant and former employee of Haley's, signed an affidavit stating that he had a sexual relationship with her. In the document, Folks detailed how the relationship began in early 2007 with a kiss in Haley's car after a night out with friends. He also claimed that they had regular trysts at his apartment and in various locations, including her state house office.
Larry Marchant, a lobbyist and acquaintance of Haley's, also signed a similar affidavit in 2010, stating that the pair had dinner, drinks, and engaged in sexual intercourse in her hotel room during a conference in Salt Lake City in June 2008. Marchant's ex-wife even cited the alleged affair in their divorce papers.
Haley has vehemently denied these allegations, saying she was "100% faithful" to her husband of 28 years, Michael Haley, who was deployed in Afghanistan at the time of the alleged affairs. She now frequently mentions her husband, who is a National Guard major, on the campaign trail, even citing him as a reason for her candidacy.
Despite Haley's public denials, multiple sources claim these affairs were well-known in South Carolina political circles. One source, who worked closely with Haley, stated that she was frequently seen with Folks and Marchant and that their relationship was not secretive.
Folks even admitted to a senior political official in South Carolina that he had sex with Haley in her car in a restaurant parking lot. According to the official, there are two types of people in the South Carolina legislature – those who believe affairs are common and those who see it as a violation of religious values.
These allegations resurfaced after Haley's recent campaign events in New Hampshire, where the Daily Mail was banned from covering her events. The ban came after the publication of a story detailing the alleged affairs and citing the affidavits signed by Folks and Marchant. Haley's spokeswoman, Chaney Denton, told a Daily Mail reporter and photographer to leave a recent campaign event and stated that they were not allowed to attend future events.
The Haley campaign has not responded to requests for comment on these allegations or the ban of the Daily Mail. However, sources claim that these affairs were an open secret during her gubernatorial campaign, with multiple witnesses seeing her canoodle with Folks and Marchant in public.
Haley's infidelity allegations have become an important issue as she continues her bid for the Republican nomination. Her most recent campaign ad even features photos from her husband's 2013 homecoming from his first deployment to Afghanistan. This scandal has raised questions about Haley's moral character and credibility, especially as she runs for the highest office in the country.
Despite these allegations, Haley has not addressed them directly and continues to campaign as planned. As she gears up for the New Hampshire primary on January 23, she must address these allegations and the ban of the Daily Mail if she hopes to regain second place in the race for the Republican nomination, following her second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.
As the scandal surrounding Haley continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how it will affect her presidential campaign. However, as more witnesses come forward and her campaign's actions raise questions about her transparency and credibility, it is clear that this issue will continue to follow her on the campaign trail. Only time will tell if Haley's alleged infidelity will ultimately harm her chances at securing the Republican nomination and the presidency.