Wednesday, June 02, 2010

What in the world... wrong with South Carolina politics?

Set aside the current governor -- who went hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Argentina (what??????????), he's just another influential political figure who has engaged in an extramarital affair and got caught.

Instead, the good people of South Carolina are now dealing with two different men who claim they had an affair with the woman who wants to be the state's next governor. About 10 days ago, a South Carolina blogger claimed he had had an affair with Nikki Haley a few years ago. She denied it.

She again is in denial mode because another man has stepped forward suggesting he also had an affair with the married Haley.

The thing that really annoys me about these claims is that both men are saying almost the same thing -- "I had an affair with her, but I have no evidence to prove it." That's bogus.

To me, it has echoes of the tactics used in the 1950s by Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who (figuratively, not literally) held up sealed envelopes and said it contained information that proved someone was a Communist or a Communist sympathizer. He used fear and his position of authority to scare people in doing what he wanted.

Fast forward to today. I have no way of knowing whether Ms. Haley has had an affair with either man who is claiming it. And frankly I could care less. But I certainly think she deserves a more complete airing of the "facts" associated with the allegations.

And if the good ol' boy network in the Palmetto State is seeking to destroy the political ambitions of an innocent woman...shame on them. I hope their efforts prove as successful as Sen. McCarthy's.

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