Blogger Will Folks denies he was paid to hawk tale of Nikki Haley affair

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South Carolina blogger Will Folks, who has claimed he had an “inappropriate physical relationship” with gubernatorial candidate Rep. Nikki Haley, denies he was paid to dish his dirt — as was alleged Thursday by conservative blog RedState.com.

“The allegation that I tried to sell a story or that I took money to confirm an inappropriate relationship with Nikki Haley is patently false,” Folks said in an e-mail to The Daily Caller.

RedState said Thursday Folks had “been trying to sell this story for a year” and that “We know who paid Will Folks to push this story out there.”

Folks pointed to his extensive coordination with Haley’s campaign to kill forthcoming media accounts about the affair — documented in text messages he published to his Web site Wednesday, to ward off the allegations.

“I did not ask for this fight. In fact, I worked with Nikki’s campaign at every step of this process to prevent this information from coming out – a claim which has been extensively documented,” Folks said.