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Just When You Thought the Haley Saga Couldn't Get More Twisted....

If you've been following the bizarre saga of front-running Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley of SC, you may have noticed things quiet down over the weekend. There was no new evidence from blogger Will Folks to support his allegations of an illicit affair with the candidate, and news coverage in the Palmetto State moved on to other subjects.

Then today Lt. Gov. Andre "Stray Animals" Bauer, who was running second to Haley in the most recent poll of the gubernatorial race (from Insider Advantage), fired one of his top political advisors, a consultant named Larry Marchant, for "inappropriate conduct," and immediately the conservative blogosphere lit up with "ah-hah" claims that Marchant was dumped for complicity in a conspiracy to threaten or bribe Folks into making his allegations against Haley.

But no, according to Marchant, the "inappropriate conduct" was a one-night stand with Nikki Haley back in 2008!

Gaze in awe.

UPDATE: I didn't mean to imply that Bauer fired Marchant for "inappropriate conduct" with Haley. In fact, it's more likely he was fired for shopping the story around. And though all I have to go by here is a Twitter feed, it appears Haley accused Bauer at a candidate debate tonight of shopping the story and then firing Marchant when nobody bought it.

If this can all get more byzantine, I'm sure it will.

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