Skip to comments.Politico won’t say if rival campaign fed them Cain story
Posted on 10/31/2011 5:25:00 PM PDT by mandaladon
Politico wont say if a rival campaign fed them the story about sexual harassment allegations made against current Republican presidential front-runner Herman Cain in the 1990s.
CNNs Wolf Blitzer on Monday pressed reporter Ken Vogel of Politico on whether the publication relied on opposition research from one of Cains rivals.
Politics are politics as you said, and certainly there are people that are digging up opposition research, Vogel said. Im just not going to do anything that would identify that would point to the identity of our original source.
We dont think that the original source is as important as the actual information, Vogel said.
The reporter said Politico got a tip and it was from someone outside. We managed to corroborate all the details and more. We have to be clear here that this tip was sort of a general tip.
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This little episode has Myth’s finger-prints all over it.
I’m still banking on the Ron Paul camp as the source of the smear campaign.
...return address....Salt Lake City, IMHO
In the vein of the “whodunit” mystery... Willard has the best motive to take out Mr. Cain. He also has the most resources to dig up dirt. I really don’t see the other more conservative candidates doing this when they know it may end up strengthening Mittens.
Interesting in how Politico is play some Freepers like they are puppets on a string. Politico is getting the reaction they are seeking.
It came right out of the Obama Chicago politics. Until proven otherwise that’s who did it. There is no way they want to debate Cain.
Pray for America
My hunch is Perry or perhaps Bachmann.
It’s going to come out if it was a pubbie. Someone won’t be able to resist taking the shot.
Is a pussy who wouldn't have the balls to write this about Comrade Hussein Baraka, Chavez, or Castro, lest he be lined up a against a wall with a cigarette or dildo in his mouth, his choice.
It was Perry, count on it. This is just the type of thing that the Marlboro man and his multiple minions of morons would do.
What about Rove?
As I mentioned earlier, I doubt this plays out the way Perry’s campaign thinks it will.
The big difference here is that the media’s influence with these smear tactics probably will not work with the Republican base, and that’s all that matters at this point for Perry. Now, if the goal was another Anita Hill...that might work, but only in the general election - it will not work here, and will likely backfire.
If this was a year from now, it could be an issue.
Right now I don’t think so.
“It was Perry, count on it. This is just the type of thing that the Marlboro man and his multiple minions of morons would do.”
It’s certainly the way he operates here in Texas...and you had that Twitter babe who works for Perry talking about it several days before it broke.
So if it is Perry, no surprise. Hopefully we find out for sure.
Anyone ever consider Newt? He has the most to gain as Cain’s supporters would probably back him more than Romney. Besides, it mitigates the baggage everyone says Newt has.
As long as we’re guessing.
Dr. Goodie Two Shoes? Naaaaan. May Be one of his closest thousand friends, but not the little weasel. A devious member of the Mormon church maybe. Or Perry wary. The latter two have the most to gain, but this is going nowhere. Politico should be sued.
Perry would have the most to gain from a Cain collapse... followed by Bachmann. Mitt isn’t stupid enough to try it and he would have little to gain.
"...two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group,"
I lived through the growth period of the sexual harassment industry in the 90's. I know how many women tried to jump on the gravy train of accusing a senior that they did not like. I also know that many of them were paid some sort of settlement that their company felt was cheaper than suffering through an extended legal battle that included them going away forever.
I would venture that the allegations brought were false and the women were gold diggers who took some cash and ran.
I’ve thought that this information was to prevent Cain from getting the nomination... not the POTUS. Now... maybe I am wrong but I am more interested in who/what candidate released the information than I am the nitty-gritty details of Cain’s harassment suit. If Cain is able to successfully answer most of the critics concerning this case... it could very well back-fire on the other candidate who let the cat out of the bag (?!) just a thought.
If this is the sort of crap Perry or Romney (or any of them) is going to use. They’ve already LOST my vote.
You are spreading your opinion as fact.
Newt is too establishment and the establishment appears to actually be defending Cain today. I don’t think Newt or Mitt or Rove is behind it. It was either Perry, Bachmann, or the democrats.
These accusations mean nothing to those of us who remember what happened to Palin.
To finish my poorly worded post; I would add that if both women are white my assumption would be that their allegations were racially motivated ( again, remembering the atmosphere of the 90’s).
%Geraldo should pull his gestapo drill session on Politico like he did the Cain campaign last night. It was shameful! I so not like Geraldeo!
The Jonathan Martin, POLLUTICO link more than suggests
What a vicious SOB he is.
His ancestors probably burnt witches at the stake,
and probably were behind the Meadow Mountain Massacre.
You might want to change your tagline!
I’ll take that bet...cuz I’m thinking the same thing...
If this was a year from now, it could be an issue.
Right now I dont think so.”
Thanks. It’s important to learn from history. Republicans voted 41-2 in favor of Clarence Thomas. The two against him were hard-core RINOs. The goal of Anita Hill was to provide Democrats cover to go against Thomas...I’m sure they knew that the Republicans were going to support him, very strongly, regardless of what they threw at him. In the end, 11 Dems still voted for Thomas, and that got him over the 50 vote mark (i.e., the Dems owned the Senate back then). So the tactic nearly worked...but it relied on Dems to flip.
In this case, there are no Dems to speak of that are part of our nominating process - so now they must try to pry Republicans off of Cain. And that will not be easy, as they made a BIG MISTAKE by ignoring him until he was leading in just about every poll - thereby giving him time to solidify his base and it also gave Republicans more time to think harder about what Perry meant when he said ‘heartless’...and we concluded that he meant just what he said, especially since he’s had a decade to come up with a position on illegal immigration.
So, I do expect this to affect Cain’s numbers at all, despite the wet dreams of the Perry people.
Or his #1 minion...
Princess Leia sees Mitt Romney: "Governor Romney! I should have expected to find you holding Rove's leash..."
Case for Perry - flailing spasms of an agonal campaign
Case for Romney - flailing spasms of a desperate campaign
I don't read ya.
It could just as easily be Obama’s people. I think they are much more worried about Cain than Romney.
I’ve interviewed hundreds of people for professional positions in my career. I feel like I’ve become expert at reading and evaluating body language.
Cain gives me a solid vibe. I think he’s a stand-up guy.
This little episode has Myths finger-prints all over it.
Perry is DEAD unless he kills Cain. His ONLY hope is to get Cain to drop, and re-surge as the pretzel for the gas jets, or whatever. (”I wrote that”).
This feels more like the death-throes of the dying than the calculated effort of a solid co-front-runner.
I’m starting to think that conservative should have a pre-Primary, and run their guy or gal against the GOP RINO candidate, to gain the GOP nomination.
I don’t know and really don’t care. I left the /s tag off because Freepers have been in a tizzy over this all day.
I didn’t want Newt to be left out of the conspiracy theories that have been prevalent on the site today.
Regardless of who tipped off Politico, they have achieved the desired effect. They have turned the news cycle from Cain’s economic plan to his having to defend an alleged sexual discrimination charge from the mid 90’s. A time, when sexual discrimination complaints were filed ad nauseum.
The measure of the man is in his consistency. Cain, for me, has been consistent in his message and core beliefs for as long as I’ve been able to document. That is what is important to me.
There is an old adage in law that anyone can sue and a good prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich. The proof in the pudding is if there was any fire under this smoke, the women wouldn’t have settled for only 5 figures.
I think someone filed the complaint, lost, and the Association didn’t want the person around any longer. The only way to get rid of them was to offer them a severance package.
I wonder who the “victim” who worked in the PAC office of the NRA is backing this election cycle?
Do you feel you are someone else's superior?
Something to think about....
Danielle Brody Rosengarten and Kenneth Paul Vogel were married
The bride, 31, is a counsel and legislative assistant in Washington for Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, she advises him on climate change legislation.
Her mother is a lawyer in charge of the White Plains federal defenders office for the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.
The bridegroom, 34, is a senior staff writer in Arlington, Va., for Politico, the political news Web site and newspaper, for which he covers campaign finance and the conservative movement.
The couple met in May 2006, when Ms. Rosengarten began a summer law clerkship in Washington with the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Mr. Vogel was finishing a 10-month journalism fellowship through the American Political Science Association, during which he, too, worked for the committee staff. They sat in adjoining cubicles in the Ford House Office Building.
Sexual discrimination + sexual harassment
wanna bet it came from rove, the bushes, or romney?
Damn....I’ll get this right yet....sexual discrimination = sexual harassment.
Politico has got a bad poker face.
I don’t think so. I am a Romney supporter. However, in lew of the attacks on Cain, I have decided tonight to get on his website, give donations, and support him as my choice for the primary.
I am for 9-9-9 and for Cain. Why? Because I hate and am sick of the liberal pigs. That’s why.
I now support Cain. I will be on his website shortly to give my donation to his campaign.
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