by William Moultrie
Columbia – Senator Jake Knotts (R-Lexington), who referred to both President Obama and gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley as ‘ragheads’ on Wednesday, attempted to explain his comments in a statement today.
Reading from a prepared statement, Knotts said:
“I deeply regret my comments referring to Mrs. Haley. I have been under enormous stress lately as it has been brought to my attention that I may have had an inappropriate physical relationship with her. I have no recollection of such a relationship, but a very close friend of mine who is also running for governor has strongly implied that it would be great if I came forward and revealed my indiscretions with Mrs. Haley. I won’t reveal who that associate is, but I would bet my reputation that he would not lie to me, so if he says I slept with Mrs. Haley, then I must have.
Additionally, I have been informed that it is not appropriate to refer to Mrs. Haley as a raghead and for that I apologize. Apparently it’s predominantly a term used to refer to Arabs, and while I say that’s close enough, I’m willing to concede that may not have been a proper use of the term. However, I stand by my use of it describing the president.
I won’t be taking any questions, but I would like to remind everyone that Tuesday is primary day, and if you’re like me, you’ll be voting for André Bauer. Thank you.
When contacted, a spokesman for the Haley campaign said they had no comment, though giggles and what appeared to be the sound of high-fives could be heard in the background.