Mum's the word at the State House on Haley rumors

By Drew Stewart - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Legislators at the State House aren't saying much about the latest affair allegations against state Rep. Nikki Haley.

Haley was back to being a representative, looking out for the folks of House district 87 today as the House of Representatives met for the last time this session.

On Wednesday, Haley was the topic of many conversations after Columbia lobbyist and former aide to Lt. Gov. Andre' Bauer accused Haley of having a one night stand with him two years ago while the two were attending a conference in Salt Lake City. Haley says it never happened.

But USC political expert Dr. Robert Oldendick says since neither Haley or her accusers can offer proof, there will be some doubt in the voters minds as to whether the allegations are true.

"A certain segment of people are going to react and say there is no proof so there is some kind of likely sympathy factor there," said Oldendick.

House Speaker Bobby Harrell didn't say much about the allegations.

"I'm not dealing with that at all in any manner at all," said Harrell. "I'm all about making sure the House of Representatives passes a budget and that we get these last pieces of legislation through the process. I'll let the press and everyone else go talk about that."

The latin term for the last day of the legislative session is "sine die," which means last day.  No doubt that Nikki Haley hopes this will be her sine die of having to deal with these allegations.

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