Nikki Haley strongly denies rumors of looming tax indictment

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The blog says that the IRS has been investigating a Sikh temple run by the governor's father that is accused of not paying nearly $130,000 to contractors who helped construct a new worship center. The Public Record said Haley managed the temple's finances as recently as 2003.

But Haley categorically denied the report.

“It is flat out not true,” Haley told the Columbia State.

“I have never kept their books. I’ve never made deposits. I never signed checks. I never did financial statements,” Haley said. “This is a church that I don’t go to. There are no issues related to me and that church.”

Haley, who has strong ties to the Tea Party, endorsed Mitt Romney in the GOP presidential race, campaigning just last week for the former Massachusetts governor in Pennsylvania. There has been some speculation that Haley could be a dark-horse candidate as Romney's running mate, although that chatter faded somewhat after she was unable to deliver her home state, which ended up a victory for Newt Gingrich's campaign.