Skip to comments.Cain chief-of-staff walks back Perry accusations
Posted on 11/03/2011 11:04:33 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
Herman Cain's chief-of-staff Mark Block walked back accusations that Rick Perry's campaign was responsible for the leak of accusations of sexual harassment during the candidate's time as president of the National Restaurant Association, saying that he would "accept" the claim by a former staffer now affiliated with the Perry campaign that he was not the leak.
"Until we get all the facts, I'm just going to say that we accept what Mr. Anderson has said, and we want to move on with the campaign," Block said on Fox News.
Curt Anderson, the former Cain staffer, has flatly denied the accusations, saying earlier on Fox News that any reporters he had ever spoken to about the Cain were free to openly attribute those comments to him. In doing so, he opened up the door for Politico, who originally reported the story, to confirm him as the source. Politico has not done so, effectively eliminating Anderson as the source of the story.
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Block may be a good strategist but he is AWFUL with media/public appearances.
Good for them. Has the Perry camp addressed the behavior of their Pollster Chris Wilson and Perry’s Arizona State coordinator yet?
If you take a look at how Rove managed the 2000 Bush campaign, this smear job has his finger prints all over it.
Cain should put them all on notice that they are being watch closely.
This is getting ridiculous in terms of Mr Block.
You’re supposed to know your facts before you blame.
I think this is a brilliant maneuver that is sure to pay dividends down the road.
Cain and his underlings are not handling this thing well. But more importantly, Cain was not aware that China has nukes.(And don’t think the libs won’t use this in any future political campaign ads).
I would vote for Cain in heartbeat over Obama, but I’m becoming less and less impressed by the prospects of a President Cain.
Too late Block, you’ve been played. Trying to spit out the bait and hook now?
From all I’ve been reading and hearing today, there were likely multiple sources leaking Cain’s history. He doesn’t sound all that popular within the National Restaurant Association. Can anyone say opportunist?
Seems I keep having to repeat this to your same post.
I don't "tweet" so I'm sorry not to get back to you sooner but I had to locate this "AZ State Coordinator" and THE "tweet" that you say was about this "smear."
Now, unless you know more than I do, this is your "evidence," [Oct 31 (Post #9) y af_vet_rr posted a photo of a tweet]
I went to see who she's (slmbolick) on a tweet with (victoria_29) and found an exchange between victoria_29 and "RB Jazzy" where Bolick was *pinged*
victoria_29 @ @RBJazzy Hon Facts are NOT slime....Cain is slimy you're just too damn lazy to research or maybe just too RINO@PROUDofTEXAS @slmbolick
victoria_29 goes on to exchange with RBJazzy Cain's flip-flops, pro-live and 2nd Amendment issues, along with his support of Pro-Choice Dems over GOP in Nebraska -- then let's RBJazzy know that talking about someone's record isn't an attack. This was a segment of exchanges in a longer list of tweets about an awful baseball game victoria_29 was watching and tweeting about.
Now I'm sure you'd like to make it that the AZ coordinator was talking about Cain's latest problems but it appears that only his previous "misstatements" and positions were being debated with the expectation more would come out when she tweeted: "This is the same thing Im hearing in AZ! Wait until they actually do the oppo on @THEHermanCain. Its not pretty."
Chris Wilson has stated he witnessed Cain's behavior along with many others but never shared this information with any clients.
Youre supposed to know your facts before you blame.
I agree. Blaming Perry based on thin circumstantial evidence was wrong and bad tactics as well.
Plus Block looked terrible when he was doing it.
Mr. Cain should get someone else to do those sorts of media appearances for the campaign.
Well then Cain needs to fire him, and I mean yesterday.
You don’t go off half-cocked with an allegation you can’t prove, especially when it could cause your party to implode.
But I wonder if any of the freepers who jumped on that particular bandwagon will also “walk back” their vile accusations? I’m not holding my breath. As I mentioned to someone in freepmail the other day, common decency on FR isn’t really all that common these days.
This is what happens with amateurs running for president and their amateur staff.
This just goes to show that Cain Is just not ready to become President. I believe that he is nothing more than a fad,
Ah, I get it. It’s Rove, not the Cain campaign, behind the Perry accusation. Oh please.
I've been watching for that, but haven't spotted anything yet.
Yep, much better to be handled by a group of people who let a good speech get morphed into a drunken sideshow.
BS. Even if he publicly said that they could release his name doesn’t mean he didn’t leak it. Reporters may still want to protect their source because if they go this route then everyone starts saying “Release my name if I leaked”. The one not agreeing to that is then outed.
However, if he was the leak and wanted his name known he’d just say I did it. By saying I didn’t leak it then saying the politico can say if I did is a clue that he doesn’t want to be outed.
Still say it was Romney. Obengruppenfuhrer Rahm Ernst might have prodded Perry’s camp with the info, but it sides up best viz Occam’s Razor with Romney and his deep, deep NRA connections.
Do you have PROOF of your as yet unfounded allegation? Or do you just like to randomly smear candidates you don’t support?
That statement was about China’s aircraft carriers.
You can say that again. This forum used to have intelligent conversation. Now if you aren't in lockstep with a given poster's candidate you are vilified. And candidates who are running against a given poster's favorite are smeared with the ugliest of character assassination. I find myself on here less and less these days. It's grown too contentious for me.
LOL, I have a great marketing idea!
The Cain camp should develop their own version of the game “CLUE” and sell them to raise money.
Suspects Would be:
Oklahoma City, OK
New York, NY
Good for him. Being the adult in the room AGAIN. Doesn’t mean he didn’t do it, the truth will prevail. If Anderson and Wilson were involved, we’ll know soon enough.
Now it’s time for Perry, Bachmann and Santorum camp to man up and the “accept” Cain’s statement of innocence on the sexual harassment issue, stance on abortion and the MANY other issues they have misrepresented him on.
I agree. After this mishandling, Block needs to be demoted and definitely not put in front of a live camera or mike.
Last election, people actually talked about their candidates (pro or con) without all the name calling—except in the Smoky Backroom. This election, I’m hesitant to recommend FR to my friends. Just too much of a food fight, and not a lot of intelligent back and forth. I miss the FR that got to the bottom of Dan Rather’s “documents” and other finer moments.
Everybody knows Rahm and the Obama mob machine did it and would love the GOP and tea party fighting; divided they conquer.
Totally agree! Said this last night when I saw him on Fox. He’s not good.
The Cain campaign is looking like amateur hour.
If you had listned to what Mr. Cain actually said during his interview relative PRC nuclear weapons, he said they were developing nuclear capability, meaning expanding their nuclear delivery sytems and mix of nuclear weapons. And.....Cain has handled this rather well for an accused person whose accusers refuse to identify themselves and accuse him directly. Simple, Ms. accusers, give us your name, rank & serial number, and then you are free to blab. Methinks, you have been drinking the Kool-Aid of Barack Hussein Obama & Karl Rove!!! And....you have swallowed the tales of the mainstream media without question. Sad!!!
You missed the actual culprit — Karl Rove.
Then less than a minute later he said they stand by Cain's remarks from yesterday. Megan Kelly pointed out that yesterday Cain accused Anderson by name, so do you stand by that or not? Block tried to dismiss his contradition with the Cain standby "We're moving on". Probably just wanted to get out of there and have a smoke.
Can't wait for the truth to emerge.
Do you know what I think is really dishonorable? That neither the Perry nor the Romney campaigns came out against the vagueness of the Politico charges against Cain. It is this type of “gotcha” journalism that keeps decent people out of politics. And neither the Romney camp nor the Perry camp has spoken out against sullying reputations nor the feeding frenzy of this type of story. Why haven’t they said, let’s get beck to the issues? They seem culpable because of their lack of spine in this matter to me. They seem to be enjoying their “fellow” Republican get accused of vague charges. Perry and Romney seem to have forgotten that we are fighting a bigger fight than amongst each other.
Nice try, but his words are pretty clear...
“Theyve indicated that theyre trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.”—Herman Cain
I’m starting to think Cain is woefully ignorant of anything outside of business.
Yes I have proof. But I will use the same approach they are using against Cain. I’ve made the accusation now it’s up to Perry to prove me wrong and clear up the situation.
Herman needs a new team!
Cain and his employees smeared someone without proof and HE’s THE ADULT IN THE ROOM? LOL
I miss it too and I know from private mail that in some instances it is affecting contributions to FR. There isn’t any curiosity about fact finding here anymore. A lot of rumor and supposition is being posted as gospel truth. Yesterday many people raked Perry over the coals for outing Cain. Today Cain’s campaign has taken back their accusations, but so far those posters aren’t issuing apologies.
They should walk it back IMHO. They jumped too quickly and based on Anderson’s response, lauding Cain and saying he had the utmost respect for him and would never do this...they should have called and talked to him first.
Someone did it...perhaps the Wilson fellow, or someone else. But, IMHO, the thing to focus on is conclusively showing there was nothing to it and then moving on and get back on message.
For the 1000th time.
He comes across, to me, as a smug idiot, a small timer that is way out of his league. He is to chiefs of campaign staffs what Perry is to presidential debates.
Not without proof.
It seems like the fundraising is taking longer and longer.