Second politico claims affair with S.C.’s Nikki Haley

John Edwards, John Ensign and Mark Sanford have demonstrated what wandering can do to the careers of male politicians. The impact such allegations have on women in public life may have to wait until Tuesday.

In South Carolina, the Republican candidate for governor Andre Bauer on Wednesday directed attention to a second fellow – through the novel tactic of firing him — who claims to have had a fling with Nikki Haley, Bauer’s rival.

From the The State in Columbia, S.C.:

Republican gubernatorial front-runner Nikki Haley said Wednesday that a rival, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, is behind a last-minute attack, raising questions about her marital fidelity in an effort to undermine her campaign.

With less than a week before Tuesday’s primary, Bauer’s campaign said in a press release Wednesday that a Bauer political consultant, Larry Marchant, was asked to leave the campaign for “inappropriate conduct not in keeping with the goals of this campaign.”

Marchant, contacted by The State, said the conduct the press release referred to was a one-night sexual encounter that he had with Haley during a June 2008 school-choice convention in Salt Lake City.

“I disclosed to Andre Bauer several days ago that I had a one-time indiscretion with Nikki Haley,” said Marchant, an influential and well-known State House lobbyist whose clients include BlueCross BlueShield. “I told him that I didn’t want to do anything to discredit his campaign and that I would resign. He thought that that was in the campaign’s best interest. He appreciated my straightforwardness.”

Haley’s campaign denied the claims and said the allegation is proof of how low rival campaigns will go to undermine her candidacy. Recent polls have shown Haley, a state representative from Lexington County, has a double-digit lead over her three rivals, Bauer of Greenville, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster and state Attorney General Henry McMaster of Columbia.

At a Charleston television debate Wednesday, Haley said Bauer was pushing the infidelity story.

“Y’all were fishing the story (Tuesday) night, and you didn’t fire him (Tuesday),” Haley said to Bauer. “It was only when no one was taking the story seriously, because he was a paid consultant, that you decided to fire him.”

Here’s the defense ad that Haley is running on “the dark side” of South Carolina politics:

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29 comments Add your comment

lmno

June 3rd, 2010
8:40 am

This woman wants to be the Cleopatra of South Carolina.

LeeH1

June 3rd, 2010
8:41 am

So, Larry Marchant did to Nikki Haley what politicians have been doing to the electorate for many years.

Who cares?

Jon but not Jon Voight

June 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

Considering the bumpkins in S.C. – she’ll probably get elected.

Jury Dell

June 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

Well, what else is there to do in Salt Lake City?

Jon but not John Holmes

June 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

She is kind of hot. And her husband is kind of not.

She also has an adult movie star name.

My prediction is that she loses the election, goes on several talk shows, tries to become a television personality, and is eventually spit out the bottom of the porn industry.

Need better Journalism...

June 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

If this is the “second guy” who/when/what/where about the first.

CrazyInGA

June 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

Once maybe, Twice is credibility. She’ll be elected because these people didn’t drop the current governor. Besides, what else is there to do in South Carolina?

ATHtoATL

June 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

She must have paid a lot of money for those teeth, because she’s really trying to show them off… they don’t move in unison with the rest of her mouth when she speaks.

Anyway, after watching her ad and Clay Cox’s ad, I noticed they’re speaking in front of the same barn. Nothing shows you’re in touch with the people like a speech in front of a phony audience.

John K

June 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

Has she pulled the Jesus card yet? That usually works in the Bible Belt.

The Ghost of Gene Talmadge

June 3rd, 2010
9:09 am

I think I see Sarah Palin 2.0

Kar

June 3rd, 2010
9:17 am

Isn’t this the second guy who’s admitted to having a fling with her? Starting to be more than a few whisps of smoke there…

Monroe Burbank

June 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

How much you wanna bet that this woman still wins on Tuesday?

Observer

June 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

Cue new hypocritical drivel from Erick Erickson in 3…2…1…

Rob

June 3rd, 2010
9:32 am

Any intelligent comments on here? No? All right, I’m out.
Idiots.

Bubba

June 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

I’ve spent two nights in downtown Salt Lake City. There’s not a whole lot else for them to do there. And she’s hot. SC folk have an opportunity to elect a female Mark Sanford.

A Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
10:06 am

Would smash.

historicaly

June 3rd, 2010
10:24 am

hmm, I thought affairs were widely accepted in politics well I guess thats only if its an intern in the oval office

Morrus

June 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

lmno

June 3rd, 2010
10:36 am

“hmm, I thought affairs were widely accepted in politics well I guess thats only if its an intern in the oval office”

Yes, that was well accepted. It only led to impeachment hearings.

So Much for the Republican Party "Holier Than Thou" Attitude

June 3rd, 2010
11:12 am

The Republicans are just as much a hypocrite than any other political party. They always want to portray that they are “family” oriented with morals, but they have affairs outside of marriage, they are gay & lesbians, etc. They are no better than anyone else on the planet & the sooner people(VOTERS) realize that, the better they will be. They are also full of hate toward others who don’t think like them or have this portrayal of the perfect family life which of course they don’t have either. But, they always want to look down on everyone else if you don’t have the money, education, social status, attitude, etc. as they do.

RetiredSoldier

June 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

Jon but….

Why not Bill Clinton, etc got elected. Zipper problems are on both sides.

david

June 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

Get her a job at the Pink Pony and I’ll buy a lap dance from her in an Atlanta minute. She is so hot!

dood

June 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

I’m blinded by her teeth.

I'd do her

June 3rd, 2010
12:08 pm

It’s SC right? The biggest shocker is they’re not blood related too…

Just Nasty & Mean

June 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

…just what the hell is in the water in SC? I don’t know….but I want some!!

Buck Mulligan

June 3rd, 2010
12:34 pm

Dang, I’m in the wrong political party. I never considered hobnobbing with Republicans before, but, man, those cats really knnow how to party!With so may loose women among them I might consider at least fakling it (although I might draw the line with an affair with my mother-in-law, Georgia style). Rock on, family values!

McKenzie Riley

June 3rd, 2010
3:52 pm

It always makes me want to vote against the tattletale. Call me childish.
And why are we surprised that a politician is sleazy? I kinda expect it from them.

DW

June 3rd, 2010
4:27 pm

Will Folks was the first man to claim an “inappropriate” relationship with Mrs. Haley.

Mick B

June 3rd, 2010
5:48 pm

Shes not hot, sorry.

Granted shes a lot better looking than most Birkenstock Bull Dem Fems.