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AND IT’S NOT JUST HIS LETHARGIC, EMOTIONLESS CANDIDACY … 

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s campaign is set to release what one source termed a “devastating blow” against her Democratic rival for governor, S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

Democrats bracing for the broadside tell FITS that Haley’s campaign – or at least Republican officials supportive of her bid – has obtained court records from one of Sheheen’s clients that will paint him into a difficult corner.

“The SCGOP has court records of Sheheen negotiating a sex offenders’ sentence from ten years to thirty-eight days,” the source told us, adding that the case involved an offender who “had sex with a 14-year-old girl after getting her high and drunk.”

According to the source, it gets better … or worse for Sheheen.

“The offender got out, then was arrested thirteen more times – for being in a hotel room with a 13-year-old girl, a 14-year-old male and a 16-year-old girl – failing to register as a sex offender, cocaine possession and giving alcohol to minors,” the source said.

The source adds Sheheen was “not the public defender, he got paid.”

Wow …

So who is the offender? Our source declined to provide that information. S.C. Republican Party officials did not respond to our request for comment.

“I’m sure the GOP is going to plaster it all over the media,” our source said.

After nearly rebounding from a 21-point deficit against Haley in 2010, Sheheen has been running an abysmal race this go-round. Most notably, he’s failed to find a way to get to the right of the increasingly liberal Haley on the bread and butter fiscal issues voters care about.

He’s also failed to exploit some of Haley’s glaring vulnerabilities …

Sheheen’s biggest mistake? Read all about it HERE.

UPDATE: Sheheen’s campaign has responded to the allegations against him with a shot across Haley’s bow – specifically referencing the blood on the governor’s hands related to her S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) scandal. Here’s the quote we were provided by Sheheen’s campaign manager, Andrew Whalen …

“If Governor Haley and her SCGOP were truly concerned about children’s safety then she would fire her Social Services Director and stop the incompetence that has resulted in children’s deaths across the state. As a former prosecutor, Vincent has seen what families and victims go through and he has worked to hold criminals accountable.  We understand that Nikki Haley is intimately familiar with criminal defense lawyers from her constant ethical violations, but she and the SCGOP should focus less on misrepresenting Sen. Sheheen’s record and get to work stopping more deaths at her Department of Social Services. ”