Mark Sanford: Nikki Haley Affair Allegations Just Politics As Usual

(AP) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says an allegation against a Republican gubernatorial candidate by a Columbia blogger who also was his first press secretary is an evil brand of politics as usual.

Sanford said Tuesday he doesn't believe blogger Will Folks' claim that he had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki Haley.

Sanford, who saw his political prospects destroyed after disappearing for days last year and admitting to an affair with an Argentine woman, says it's the silly season in politics with primaries next Tuesday.

The governor wouldn't say whom he thinks is behind the allegations.

Haley has denied any inappropriate relationship with Folks.

The Republican gubernatorial candidates debate in Florence at 7 p.m. Tuesday.