Nikki Haley Campaign Ad Features Husband, Takes On 'Dark Side Of Politics'

06/02/2010 12:55 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Elyse Siegel Fmr. Deputy Managing Editor, The Huffington Post

South Carolina GOP gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley is out with a new campaign ad taking on the "dark side" of state politics and also featuring a cameo of her husband in the aftermath of recent allegations that the Republican candidate engaged in an extramarital affair with a conservative blogger.

"I've seen the dark side of our state's politics," Haley says at the beginning of the 30-second spot. Then after briefly touting her conservative economic principles, Haley introduces her husband: "I'm Nikki Haley and this is my husband Michael," she says.

Haley's husband and her two children also appear in a montage of shots earlier in her latest campaign ad.

Despite speculation swirling over how Haley's campaign will be affected by accusations she had an affair with the blogger, the GOP contender doesn't appear to be too concerned about her chances with the state's June 8 primary election less than a week away.

The AP reports:

State Rep. Nikki Haley says allegations by a Columbia blogger that they had inappropriate physical contact won't hurt her ability to close economic development deals if she's elected South Carolina's governor.

Haley said Tuesday at a Francis Marion University debate that the claims can't hurt her because they aren't true.

Recent polling data out on South Carolina's Republican primary race for governor shows Haley with a comfortable double-digit lead over her GOP opponents.

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