Friday, May 28, 2010

The Nikki FITS: Conspiracy! and/or Tantric Phone Sex

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 8:07 AM

As office productivity falls to near March Madness levels, we've got another day's worth of updates on the looming (and, at this point, it's actually started to just loom) sex scandal between political consultant Will Folks, a popular Columbia blogger, and GOP gubernatorial primary leader Nikki Haley.

Folks handed nearly 1,000 pages of his personal phone records to media outlets in Columbia prior to publishing about the calls on his site. He was either tired of claims that he was just looking for internet traffic or he wanted reporters to do the hard work of counting up all those calls between him and Haley.

And there were a lot: roughly 600 in the year Folks claims the two shared an "inappropriate physical relationship." The Haley campaign instantly defended the calls as part of the political consulting work that Folks had been hired to do. All I'm going to say is that I'm willing to provide phone records of calls with my boss and you'd be lucky to find 25 over four years. And I've been paid a hell of a lot more than Folks' $3,500 check from Haley in '07.

During one hot summer (in 2007), the two spent 34 hours on the phone over two months, according to the Post and Courier. It should probably also be noted that this was not an election year and the Statehouse was already out of session.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, prolific blogger Erik Erickson is promising to release information this morning that (proves? suggests? insinuates?) that Folks was paid to cause all this stink. Sounds like another unsubstantiated rumor for the mill to us.

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