This Is Awkward …
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – whose relationship with her husband is one of the most bizarre things we’ve ever witnessed – kept up appearances on Wednesday by wishing him a very public “Happy Anniversary.”
“Michael Haley and I are celebrating 15 years of marriage today,” Haley wrote on her Facebook page. “Marrying the Coolest First Man continues to be the single best decision I’ve made in my life! I can’t wait for the next 15!”
Ummm … okay.
While South Carolinians may not be 100 percent sure that Haley has stepped out on her man in the past, we’re guessing that the “First Man” harbors no illusions about his wife’s extramarital activities. In fact, there’s a rumor in Lexington County that the Haleys have an “open marriage,” although our founding editor will be shedding some interesting light on that theory in his forthcoming book.
Anyway, while the public may remain unconvinced, we’re guessing that Michael Haley knows all too well that those numerous late night phone calls between his wife and our founding editor Will Folks were not about work. And we’re presuming that he did a quick check of the dates of the especially lengthy late night calls – perhaps cross-referencing them with the dates of his “military” training at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas.
Also … we’re presuming that, like our founding editor, Michael Haley knows exactly what sort of underwear his wife prefers.
But did the “First Man” always know that his wife was stepping out on him?
It’s not clear …
Prior to our founding editor’s startling admission last May, he worked for several weeks with Haley’s campaign manager – now chief of staff – Tim Pearson in an effort to keep news of the affair “under wraps” (Pearson’s exact words). During those exchanges – which we documented with the release of these text messages – Pearson was always very careful not to discuss the affair allegations in Michael Haley’s presence.
In fact, he even put it in writing once …
“I’m with michael and nikki so as soon as I’m back in the car I can’t talk,” Pearson texted our founding editor on May 22 at 5:50 p.m. – less than 48 hours before the story broke.
Obviously that raises a few questions. What – if anything – did Michael Haley know about his wife’s affairs before they became front-page news? And when did he find out? And most importantly, why is he still doing the whole “cuckold” thing?