COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has released the results of a lie detector test which he says proves he isn’t behind a string of attacks against one of his Republican opponents, Rep. Nikki Haley.
In a GOP gubernatorial debate last week in Charleston, Haley accused Bauer of being responsible for charges of marital infidelity against her. Larry Marchant, one of the two men who have claimed past relationships with Haley, was a consultant to the Bauer campaign until the day of the debate.
Bauer denied the accusation, and challenged Haley to take side-by-side lie detector tests to prove who’s telling the truth. The Bauer campaign says Haley refused the polygraph, but Bauer took the test anyway.
Bauer on Monday released the results of a lie detector test he says he took Sunday night in Columbia, administered by an independent, FBI-certified polygrapher. Bauer says another independent, certified polygrapher reviewed the charts Monday to verify the result.
“The voters now know that I had absolutely nothing to do with the unfortunate revelations made about Ms. Haley in the last two weeks,” said Bauer.
Bauer had previously told WCSC in Charleston that he would “absolutely” take a polygraph about his own rumored sexual history, as he has asked Haley to do. No questions about that subject were included in Bauer’s polygraph exam, however.
Bauer and Haley are running for the Republican nomination for governor against U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and Attorney General Henry McMaster. Haley holds a commanding lead heading into Tuesday’s primary election.
Actual polygraph questions and answers here—PDF file. Bauer said that he didn’t tell Larry Marchant to blab to reporters that he got his dinky stinky with Nikki, and he said he asked Marchant not to tell the reporters about it. He said he had nothing to do with Marchant or Will Folks blabbing to the press. The question and answer that cracked me up (for those of you who don’t like to open PDF files) was the 5th one:
Q-Prior to this year, did you ever tell a serious lie to anyone who really trusted you?
Does he really want to release that to the public? Does he not realize that sounds bad from someone running for office? Is he just bragging that there’s someone out there who actually trusts him?
You can read Will Folks’s side of the story here. Here are a few snippets:
Until two weeks ago, my website planned on endorsing Rep. Haley- whose political career I have aggressively championed ever since this website was created three-and-a-half years ago.
[G]overnment transparency has been the political (and public relations) fuel for “Haley’s Comet,” although South Carolinians have learned over the last two weeks that Rep. Haley obviously doesn’t want this same standard applied to her.
In fact, when reporters investigating the affair claims requested access to Rep. Haley’s taxpayer-funded email account (and more importantly the computer hard drives associated with that account), she refused to release this information – citing a legislative exemption that allows her to evade our state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws and keep this public information hidden from public view.
That’s not the only example of disingenuous behavior on Rep. Haley’s part, though. In addition to her ongoing denials, Rep. Haley flat-out lied when she claimed I had not given her a ”heads-up” regarding my decision to come forward. The record will show I informed her directly (via text message) two days in advance of publishing my admission, which is obviously in addition to the dozens of additional text messages I released outlining the extensive coordination I had with her campaign in the weeks leading up to the story breaking.
After initially attempting to minimize my role as one of her advisors, Rep. Haley is now assigning a level of involvement I never had – claiming that we spent these late hours on the phone strategizing over her campaign to become chair of the powerful House Labor, Commerce and Industry (LCI) committee.
That statement is laughable.
First of all, the LCI race – a contest from which Rep. Haley eventually withdrew – isn’t a public election, it’s a vote determined by a handful of state lawmakers. That means there’s no public relations component to it whatsoever. Accordingly, there was absolutely no need to strategize so incessantly about it with a PR advisor – particularly not so far ahead of time and particularly not with someone Rep. Haley initially downplayed as an employee who merely ”did some writing” for her, a person she claimed (prior to the release of the phone records, anyway) not to have known particularly well.
In fact, over the duration of our professional relationship, I attended precisely one meeting with Rep. Haley regarding her LCI bid – a gathering that took place at lobbyist Larry Marchant’s office many months after the lengthy late night phone calls between Rep. Haley and myself.
[M]y team is preparing affidavits from literally dozens of witnesses – including several who observed Rep. Haley and I leaving nightclubs together late at night as well as several who will testify to seeing Rep. Haley’s car parked outside of my downtown Columbia, S.C. town house on mulitple occasions at all hours of the night during the time frame in question.
And we all thought we were going to miss Marky Mark Sanford and his Appalachian Trail!