The blog whose founding editor claimed an affair with South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley has now endorsed her for governor.

Will Folks shook up the race in late May by alleging on his blog,, that he'd had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley. Her campaign vigorously denied the claim, and Haley went on to win a plurality of votes in the GOP primary and is now facing a runoff with Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.).

On Friday, the blog endorsed Haley.

After acknowledging that many would be shocked by the decision — "HAVE WE LOST OUR FRIGGIN’ MINDS?" the editorial asked — the editors said the endorsement boiled down to policy:

And the bottom line for S.C. taxpayers is that Haley would vote the right way on the S.C. Budget and Control Board, use her veto pen to reduce the size and scope of government and sign a universal parental choice bill which would (at long last) provide parents with real options and our flawed system with real, market-based accountability.  Also, all signs are that Haley would aggressively pursue government restructuring – although it’s probably fair to say that her credibility when it comes to government transparency (her signature issue up to this point) has been pretty much shot.

Oh well … there are plenty of us who can continue leading the way on that fight.

Will Haley cut taxes, too?  She hasn’t been as specific on that issue as we’d like related to individual income tax brackets, but neither has U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett – and as far as we can tell his so-called jobs plan would move our state in precisely the opposite direction it should be going.

Given all of this … in spite of our intimate knowledge of her lack of forthrightness – and in spite of the merciless smear campaign her supporters have waged against us over the past month – we are endorsing Nikki Haley in next Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary against Barrett.