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We have no idea who Dwayne Green is … although he’s got a column in The Charleston City Paper that has people talking.

Green’s theory? That S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – whose endorsement of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was of dubious value in South Carolina’s “First in the South” presidential primary – was actually a double agent working on behalf of former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich.

No … really.

“What if Team Gingrich correctly guessed that there would be no better way to handicap his rival than to have him endorsed by one of the least popular Republicans in the state and then have her shadow him at every prominent campaign event before the primary, all the while Newt scoops up the endorsements of more influential state leaders?” Green suggests. “It may be far-fetched to suggest that Haley was a double agent secretly working for Newt, but if the results were planned, they could not have worked any better.”

Hmmmmm …

Obviously Green’s analysis should be taken with an ocean of salt. After all, he refers to S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell being a big winner in the 2012 primary because he “bet early on Gingrich.”

Um … really? Harrell actually “bet early” on former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and then flip-flopped over to Gingrich’s campaign during the final week of the race.

While we think Green’s notion is far-fetched, conspiracy theorists will no doubt point to the fact that Gingrich and his wife Callista had a sleepover at the S.C. Governor’s Mansion in early October – two months before she endorsed Romney.

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