New allegations against Nikki Haley could affect her 2024 presidential run. Reports have resurfaced that Haley, a key Republican presidential candidate, is accused of extramarital affairs, challenging her past denials.
The report reveals that two individuals, Will Folks, 49, and Larry Marchant, 61, both signed affidavits in 2010 alleging they had sexual relationships with Haley before she was elected governor of South Carolina. These allegations, which Haley had categorically denied in the past, are now being supported by new witnesses who have come forward to the Daily Mail.
Will Folks, a communications consultant, and Larry Marchant, a lobbyist, claim their affairs with Haley were known among South Carolina political circles. The report details instances of Haley’s supposed trysts, including liaisons in her Cadillac SUV and nights spent in a Columbia, South Carolina duplex.
Haley, who has been married to Michael Haley for 28 years and has two children, has frequently cited her husband as a key reason for her presidential bid. However, new revelations could potentially disrupt her campaign, especially as she prepares for the upcoming New Hampshire primary.
The report included accounts from multiple GOP insiders who claim to have been aware of Haley’s infidelity. Descriptions of steamy encounters and public displays of affection with her alleged lovers paint a picture starkly different from the committed family image Haley has portrayed.
The DailyMail reported:
Folks stated that he and Haley ‘engaged in an inappropriate physical relationship that included numerous instances of inappropriate sexual contact’.
He said he first kissed Haley in a car in early 2007, and that he had regular trysts with her at his apartment in downtown Columbia. He got married in June 2008.
‘Representative Haley and I shared our first kiss while sitting in her parked car outside of MacDougal’s restaurant and bar in downtown Columbia, S.C.,’ Folks wrote in the October 2010 affidavit.
‘This kiss took place in early 2007 following an evening with friends at the nearby Liberty Taproom. After this first kiss, Rep. Haley drove us to the parking lot behind the neighborhood center at Emily Douglas Park where we parked for approximately forty-five minutes.
‘There we slid back the seats of her Cadillac SUV so that Rep. Haley could climb on top of me.’
Folks said that the alleged affair continued through Spring 2007, with trysts at his Columbia apartment, and that ‘a few other romantic encounters occurred in her SUV ‘including one in the parking lot of the S.C. Policy Council’ and ‘in her State House office’.
Despite the allegations, Haley has not responded to Daily Mail’s request for comment at the time of publication. This adds to the list of controversies that have surrounded Haley’s political career, including previous rumors and unsubstantiated claims of affairs.
Haley, a former United Nations Ambassador, has been married to Michael Haley since 1996. Michael is an officer in the National Guard and was notably deployed to Afghanistan. Their marriage has been a part of her public profile, especially during her tenure as the Governor of South Carolina and as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Beyond this, their private life has generally been kept out of the public spotlight.