South Carolina blogger Will Folks has released records of phone calls between himself and gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley that show many calls between the two in early morning hours in 2007, the year he says they had an affair — but also the year he was doing political consulting work for Haley.
One August 7 call starting at 10:19 p.m. lasted three hours. On August 25, a call starting at 2:24 a.m. lasted two hours and 26 minutes. Perhaps the longest was on September 20, at 11:28 p.m., for three hours and 27 minutes. Most of the calls were shorter and during normal business hours. There are over 600 calls between the two in 2007.
Haley’s campaign is not disputing the veracity of the calls, but campaign manager Tim Pearson said in a statement:
“This is getting ridiculous. A blogger drops a thousand pages of phone records unearthing the mind-blowing revelation that he and Nikki Haley spoke on the phone. Of course they spoke on the phone. It is no secret Will Folks worked for Nikki — she happens to be one of the few people willing to disclose her association with him. Nikki has forthrightly and repeatedly denied the false allegations against her, and at some point this nonsense has to stop.”
Here’s a taste of the records from August, posted by Folks’ site, FITSNews,:
8/7/07 - 10:19 PM - 180 minutes - incoming
8/9/07 - 10:47 PM - 79 minutes - incoming
8/20/07 - 9:58 PM - 73 minutes - incoming
8/25/07 - 2:24 AM - 146 minutes - incoming
8/26/07 - 9:53 PM - 63 minutes - outgoing
8/27/07 - 9:59 PM - 72 minutes - outgoing
8/27/07 - 11:12 PM - 2 minutes - outgoing
8/27/07 - 11:13 PM - 20 minutes - incoming
8/28/07 - 10:05 PM - 40 minutes - incoming
8/30/07 - 9:28 PM - 133 minutes - incoming
Late Update: Haley herself addressed the phone records during a radio appearance this morning.
Late Late Update: And here’s video of Haley taking questions from the press on Folks after her radio appearance.