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NRI Republican candidate in sex scandal

india Updated: May 26, 2010 02:25 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya

Days after she took the lead in a poll of Republican candidates seeking the party’s nomination to contest for Governor of the US State of South Carolina, Indian-American Nikki Randhawa Haley was hit by allegations of infidelity by a political operative-turned-blogger.

In a post, the blogger, Will Folks, who worked for current State Governor Mark Sanford said, “Several years ago, prior to my marriage, I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki.”

That statement received a sharp rebuttal from Haley. She said, “I have been 100 per cent faithful to my husband throughout our 13 years of marriage. This claim against me is categorically and totally false.”

Describing the claims as “outrageous”, she also said that it was “is sad, but not surprising, that this disgraceful smear has taken form less than a week removed from the release of a poll showing our campaign with a significant lead. It is quite simply South Carolina politics at its worst.”

Sarah Palin, Republican John McCain’s running mate during the 2008 Presidential election, also quickly leapt to Haley’s defence. In an online post Palin wrote that she told Haley: “Hang in there. I’ve been there. Any lies told about you will strengthen your resolve to clean up political and media corruption. You and your supporters will grow stronger through things like this.”