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Will Folks, publisher of the blog on insider South Carolina politics, this morning posted a tawdry little story about the Luv Guv's husband Michael visiting a Myrtle Beach strip club in 2009. The kicker was that he didn't visit alone, but rather with his wife Nikki along for the ride, so to speak, and Mr. Larry Marchant, who confirmed the story for


Marchant, you may recall, is one of two men that went on record during Haley's campaign against Vince Sheheen as saying they had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with the Governor. "Sexual relations," he said in his best Truman Capote manner. "We had sex." The other self-described paramour, of course, was Folks himself, who is no doubt working very hard on his tell-all recounting his encounter(s) with the Luv Guv.

So Folks alluded in this story to an ongoing investigation he is conducting of Michael Haley's strip-club proclivities, and tweeted earlier today that:

Chicago source: 2nd strip club allegedly  visited by @nikkihaley in 2008 is called "Chicago Food and Beverage."

Why was @NikkiHaley in the Windy City in 2008? According to Folks:

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held a conference in Chicago at the time of the 2nd alleged @nikkihaley strip club visit.

He immediately followed that up with this one:

According to S.C. State Ethics filings @nikkihaley reimbursed herself $1,621.68 on 7/28/2008 for "ALEC Conference"

For my part, I'm popping some popcorn. I'm not sure this woman can make it to half a term...


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  •  Stay on this one (1+ / 0-)
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    It should be worth the cost to the entertainment budget for the popcorn.  Isn't she ANOTHER of those "family values" clowns?

    •  Not particularly... (12+ / 0-)

      ...although most of her base definitely is.

      She's a little wild, it appears. Prior to her brief career in public service, she worked for her parents' slinky clothing store Exotica, in Columbia. Born Nimrata Randhawa, she is of Sikh heritage and her father is head of the beleaguered Sikh temple in Columbia, which is under investigation for, oh, without looking it up, fraud.

      Her work at Exotica is at the center of another controversy, this one much more damning, I think. She reported having made $22,000 working there prior to a short gig at a medical center in Lexington, S.C. She got that job, making well over $100,000 per year, after reporting on her online application (for a job that wasn't advertised publicly) that she had made that much at Exotica and wanted to be compensated as such. She denied filling out the application, even though it contained numerous tidbits of personal information that not many people would know. She lied about the password she used to access the online application ("There was no password. The password was where I graduated from high school," she said, literally) and she expects us to believe that she didn't lie on the application or to the IRS. She left that job after failing to show up regularly and refusing to be placed on leave, then lied and said she had a perfectly good relationship with the Lexington Medical Center, which corrected her publicly. It's possible that she represented the institution before the Legislature while IN the legislature.

      Combine that with the truly bizarre and reckless things she's done as Governor and some fairly obvious national aspirations and you have the makings of an epic collapse.

      I can hardly wait to tell you about it.

      -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

      by trevzb on Fri May 20, 2011 at 12:44:34 PM PDT

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  •  Is there a Lot of Discontent.... (4+ / 0-)
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    trevzb, Rogneid, sc kitty, BachFan

    with her performance as Governor?  I haven't heard anything about that.

  •  I had to double check to make (7+ / 0-)

    sure I was actually on Dailykos and not the Huffington Post.

  •  More evidence that S. Carolina is the vortex of (8+ / 0-)

    conservative weirdness.  What next, a governor who goes AWOL to tango with his mistress in Argentina?

    An imbalance between the rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics - Plutarch

    by Leftwing Noise Machine on Fri May 20, 2011 at 01:01:22 PM PDT

  •  i don't see this hurting Nikki (3+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, trevzb, mslat27

    ... i've become cynical especially after the Appalachian Trail Guv... nothing is gonna happen to change things in this state.

    Faux News ruined my state

    by sc kitty on Fri May 20, 2011 at 01:02:42 PM PDT

  •  Um...I can't say I'm enraged/mad/against this (6+ / 0-)

    I mean if she paid the girls in taxpayer dollars, yeah.

    But otherwise? meh.


    Good policy is good politics

    by AZ Independent on Fri May 20, 2011 at 01:04:13 PM PDT

  •  So. SC's first family is a little kinky.. (0+ / 0-)

    What's the big deal? I thought she won mostly because she's kinda MILFy anyway. How is this anyone's business and how does it hurt? She's supporting local business in Columbia. As it happens, I got dragged to a strip club in Columbia my only night there. What else is there to do in Columbia?

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

    by FischFry on Fri May 20, 2011 at 01:18:33 PM PDT

    •  Nothing. (0+ / 0-)

      The larger point was that Haley 1) billed the people of South Carolina to attend the ALEC conference in Chicago and 2) who knows, maybe put some South Carolina tax dollars in a g-string or two?

      Sure, I don't really care if she's going to strip clubs; but a LOT of Republicans in this state do care about things like that.

      -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

      by trevzb on Fri May 20, 2011 at 01:24:48 PM PDT

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      •  My bad (1+ / 0-)
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        Ray Radlein

        You said Myrtle Beach, not Columbia. There's gotta be better things to do in Myrtle Beach -- unless you don't play golf. Of course,m the Chicago strip club is silly. There are much better things to do in Chicago.

        Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

        by FischFry on Fri May 20, 2011 at 01:27:51 PM PDT

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      •  How does her attending a strip club (1+ / 0-)
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        (obviously not during the conference hours) has anything to do with the conference? If she indeed showed up at the conference (I assume she did, ALEC is a pretty powerful right-wing group), I don't see the problem with the reimbursement.

    •  Columbia (2+ / 0-)
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      ...I was being unnecessarily negative there.

      Columbia has a wonderful Zoological and Botanical Park along the banks of the Saluda River, it has a first-rate University (my alma mater) that is especially strong in irrational sports fandom. The Gamecocks can be fun to watch in most of the major college sports. It's a well school, to.

      There are several historic homes downtown worth driving by and reading the historical markers. The State House is a kind of museum to a lost cause, literally...stars mark where Sherman's shells hit before the city was burned to the ground. There's a Confederate Flagg on the grounds, right up close to you where you can see it large instead of being way up on the copper dome where it used to be before the late unpleasantness.

      Columbia is home to several of the world's largest cotton mills, fond reminders of the textile industry that employed much of this state until Reagan came. Some have been turned into nice loft apartments overlooking the mill villages that surround them.

      There's some interesting neighborhoods full of bars and college students (Five Points) or bars and young urban professionals (Congaree Vista). Cromer's boiled peanuts are the Guaranteed Worst In Town and you can get some fine grits straight out of the mill if you just look for the giant neon ADLUH sign overhead in the Vista.

      The Governor's mansion sits on top of Arsenal Hill, which offers a commanding view of the Columbia skyline. There are rumored to be tunnels underneath the city, but nobody really knows. There is good kayaking where the Broad and the Saluda come together to form the mighty Congaree.

      And there are a lot of really nice people. Conversation is easy and even the ones on the other side of the aisle are usually pretty good natured about it, or at least crazy and funny. Political town, in every respect.

      It's the hottest place on earth in the summer.

      -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

      by trevzb on Fri May 20, 2011 at 04:13:49 PM PDT

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  •  So what? (0+ / 0-)

    I've gone to strip clubs and seen couples there. What's the big deal?

    •  Ever expense it? (0+ / 0-)
      According to S.C. State Ethics filings @nikkihaley reimbursed herself $1,621.68 on 7/28/2008 for "ALEC Conference"

      ...not saying that she DID, mind you...just that she MIGHT have. :-)

      For me, the matter of paying her to go to this nakedly (ahem) partisan ALEC conference in Chicago seems counterproductive in the extreme for the people of South Carolina. Hell, it's where she got all the ideas she's scurrying to implement on behalf of the billionaire libertarian activist set.

      -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

      by trevzb on Fri May 20, 2011 at 02:04:21 PM PDT

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  •  What's the big deal? A woman going to (0+ / 0-)

    strip club with her husband is a scandal? Why?

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