South Carolina State Representative and Republican nominee for governor Nikki Haley has been the target of a number of personal attacks that question her marital fidelity.
Despite the vague and unsubstantiated accusations, Haley went on to win the GOP primary and now holds a double-digit lead over her Democrat opponent for governor. But, as is the wont of South Carolina politics, if it’s an election year, it’s time for unsavory innuendo and character assassination.
It has not gone unnoticed that most of the allegations have been extraordinarily ambiguous, ostensibly for legal purposes. The accusers lawyer-up and dance around the language in such a way to imply without specifics. All of which is most convenient for someone trying to indict someone else without going to jail.
The motives behind these so far failed attempts to shoot down Nikki Haley’s candidacy have been speculated upon since they began just before the June primaries. Money is the most prevalent conjecture and certainly the most easily believable. Vindictiveness weighs in as does gender discrimination. Politics-as-usual is also a suspect, primarily because when a woman runs for office, a common mode of attack is to question her sexual mores.
As it turns out, none of these are the true reasons behind the smear of Nikki Haley.
The motivation for all of the accusations is – extortion.
The accusers, all public figures, are being blackmailed into creating synchronized allegations about Rep. Haley. The blackmailers, persons in positions of authority with access to certain “records,” have approached the accusers and threatened to reveal information about them unless they “play ball.” The information on the accusers is so damaging it would likely lead to severely damaged reputations, loss of livelihood, possible divorce and even jail.
The infractions vary with each of Haley’s plaintiffs, though some have more than one “misbehavior” to protect. In exchange for publicizing contrived tales of indiscretions by Haley, certain information is being withheld from public disclosure.
So, what is being held over the heads of the people making claims against Nikki Haley? The most sensational violations are
- Lewd (homosexual) behavior in a public restroom
- Indecent exposure
- Cocaine possession (more than one individual)
- Possession of illegal substances (cocaine) with the intent to distribute (more than one individual)
- Unauthorized access of computers and digital information (hacking)
These alleged acts took place in a well-known state beach resort area and in the Midlands between 2005 and early this year.
One person’s vehicle was supposedly seen outside the house of a known drug dealer all night for several nights. Another – a married man at the time – allegedly partook of the services of a prostitute while at a conference on state business.
The most frequent allegation and the one involving more than one of the Haley accusers is the possession and use of cocaine. Each of the incidents took place at parties, one of which was attended by two of the accusers.
The “lewd behavior in a public restroom” is supposed to have happened when one of the accusers “came on” to another male patron in a restaurant restroom. Although the perpetrator is a “public figure,” the aggrieved patron did not recognize him, which helped keep the story quiet. This was not the first time this individual had been caught engaging in homosexually-related incidents.
The “hacking” allegation involved an individual using a state-owned computer to unlawfully access emails and other information from the state government network. The individual is not a state employee and was not authorized to use the computer or access the state information system.
Apparently, when these violations were allegedly committed, certain “authorities” were notified and charges withheld as a “courtesy” to the alleged perpetrator. It was understood at the time that the benevolent authorities were “owed one” for having done the favor.
It is unknown if the deals mean the incriminating documentation will be completely expunged/destroyed as a condition of the agreement. There are also indications more people may be making additional accusations as the November election nears.
It’s unfortunate that the political environment has become so toxic by persons who want to contaminate the entire political and governmental atmosphere that reasoned debate is shoved aside. In this case, Nikki Haley isn’t the only victim. Those being coerced into doing the evil deeds of others are also casualties as is the voting public.
Post Script: The author has no proof that any of this stuff is true or really happened. In fact, it’s made up. At least when The Spy writes fiction, he owns up to it.