I’m still awaiting Erick Erickson at RedState’s proof that Will Folks was paid to release his story. Although I have my doubts as to whether Erickson has anything substantial.

According to the RedState blogger, last night it seemed as if he lacked any physical proof and was instead relying on a single interview or perhaps multiple interviews. He has also appeared to back off his stance that Haley did not engage in an inappropriate physical relationship with Folks, now focusing on whether Folks got paid or not. We’ll see.

That said, Will Folks dropped his cell phone records on several newspapers.

While The State just didn’t seem to get the significance of the nighttime calls made during the summer of 2007, the P&C did.

Of course, this isn’t all that surprising. The State had Mark Sanford’s emails to this Argentinian lover for months and did nothing. They also are right there in the heart of the Palmetto State politics, where the rumors of an affair between Folks have circulated for around two years, and yet they’re playing the same game of catch up as everybody else. Lame.

Here’s what the P&C had to say:

According to Folks’ personal cell-phone records, which he provided to The Post and Courier on Thursday night, he and the current frontrunner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination spoke almost daily, sometimes for a minute at a time, a half-dozen times a day, and other times for upwards of an hour in the middle of the day.

Between July 1 and Aug. 31, 2007 — the time that included most of the late-night calls — the two spent a total of 34 hours on the telephone.

The P&C adds:

The vast majority of the calls between Folks and Haley took place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., fairly normal business hours for political operators in Columbia.

The amount of time the two talked built throughout the year. In January, they talked about 20 times, and only one conversation lasted longer than an hour. In February, they shared 60 calls. By December, the average had dropped to barely a dozen calls for the month.

The first post-midnight call came July 9, when they spoke for 77 minutes. The two shared about 10 calls in July and August that each lasted longer than an hour after about 10 p.m.