By FITSNews || First it was the blogger, then it was the lobbyist … could a South Carolina lawmaker be the next Palmetto politico accused of amorous activity with GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley?
That’s the story numerous lobbyists are relating to FITS – a narrative that includes allegations of at least one specific encounter between Haley and S.C. Rep. Thad Viers (R-Myrtle Beach) at a 2006 legislative conference in San Francisco, California.
Both Viers and Haley attended the conference – which was sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – and both were married at the time. Haley is still married, while Viers and his wife have since divorced.
Previously, Haley was accused of having a one-night stand with lobbyist Larry Marchant at a school choice conference in 2008. And prior to that bombshell, blogger Will Folks (our founding editor) admitted under duress to having had what he calls an “inappropriate physical relationship” with Haley in the Spring of 2007.
Like Folks (who has promoted Haley extensively on FITS), Viers has also been one of Haley’s most vocal supporters. In fact, he is reportedly helping lead Haley’s campaign efforts along the S.C. coast. Also like Folks, Viers is no stranger to trouble. In June 2007, he pleaded no contest (and was fined $500) for threatening the life of his estranged wife’s lover.
Haley has denied all allegations of infidelity and maintained that she has been 100 percent faithful to her husband throughout their 13-year marriage. Overwhelming majorities of South Carolina voters believe her, too, and she is considered at this point to be a virtual lock to win the general election over Democrat Vincent Sheheen in November.
Neither Viers nor Haley’s campaign returned calls seeking comment.