The Blogger and the Would-be Governor: What's the Truth?

05/25/2010 10:13 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Is it South Carolina or is it the Internet?

Nikki Haley, who is running to replace South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford--whose own affair was great political soap opera for South Carolina as well as for the rest of the country--and who has been endorsed by both Sarah Palin and Sanford's own wife, Jenny (who, having divorced her husband, may now be a potential candidate herself), had an affair with a blogger supporter--says the blogger supporter, one Will Folks, in his blog.

Actually, he is not really, per se, a blogger, nor does he actually say they had, per se, an affair.

What he is is a political operative, who are, like bloggers, often sketchy and unemployed. Folks was Sanford's spokesperson--or he was until 2005, when he pleaded guilty to kicking in the door of his girlfriend's apartment. His girlfriend was a South Carolina lobbyist--also a profession, like political operative, and blogger, that covers a lot of sins.

As happens more than one might think in politics, Folks went from an alternative rock band to working closely with the governor. The Folks blog is in fact something of a mash-up of alternative rock and politics, with the tag line: "Unfair. Imbalanced."

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