Skip to comments.Cain says Forbes concluded Perry camp was source of harassment leak
Posted on 11/03/2011 8:28:07 PM PDT by smoothsailing
November 3, 2011
Herman Cain said Forbes Magazine - and not his campaign - was responsible for the concluding that Rick Perry's campaign leaked the story of sexual harassment allegations during Cain's tenure as the president of the National Restaurant Association.
"A reporter did this research and came up with these facts, we didn't," Cain said Thursday on Sean Hannity's radio show. "That was the reporter that wrote the report for Forbes."
But despite adamant denials from the Perry camp, Cain said he still doesn't "see any other way this could have come out."
The Forbes article, headlined "Cain Says Perry Camp Behind Sex Harassment Leak," quoted the candidate as saying that he told former staffer Curt Anderson, now a consultant for the Perry campaign, about the allegations. But Cain is not quoted specifically accusing Anderson of being the leak.
The Cain campaign quickly seized on the article Wednesday night, seemingly validating Forbes' reporting that Cain was laying blame at Perry's feet.
"Rick Perry needs to apologize to Herman Cain, his family, and America for this despicable story," Cain's chief of staff Mark Block said Wednesday on Fox News.
Anderson has denied the accusations, saying in a statement: "I have great respect for Herman and his character and I would never speak ill of him, on the record or off the record."
He also told Fox News that any reporters he had ever spoken to about the Cain allegations were free to openly attribute those comments to him. In doing so, he opened up the door for Politico, who originally reported the allegations, to confirm him as the source. Politico has not done so, effectively eliminating Anderson as the source of the story.
Block said earlier Thursday that he would "accept" the claim by Anderson that he was not behind the story.
"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.
But Cain seemed unconvinced, telling Hannity "there aren't enough breadcrumbs that leads us to any other place."
"I believe a lot of people are connecting the dots for themselves," Cain said. "I don't see any other way this could have come out."
Cain also said he's "almost certain" he told Anderson about the allegations.
"I am almost certain that I did.
This is why we want to get off this merry-go-round," Cain said.
Screw Perry at this point.
I will not vote if he’s the only option we have left. No better than Obama.
Another day, another nefarious scheme....
So Cain is still peddling this story even after Anderson not only said he wasn't the source of the leak, but even gave Politico and any other reporter the green light to finger him if he was.
Meanwhile Block is backing away from the accusation while Herman is still pushing it. Is it really that hard for these guys to stay on the same page? Seriously? This has got to be some of the worst crisis management I've seen since Anthony Weiner was busy denying he'd sent photos of his crotch all over the twitterverse.
This thing is collapsing in on Cain. As a demonstration of how he’s handling himself under pressure, I can’t say it’s all I want it to be.
This is a contest for President of the United States. We have so little by which to judge someone being ready for the job. This sort of thing can either make or break someone by how he deals with it.
I’m not saying it’s going to destroy him, but he could have used it as a way to prove he can handle anything. Instead, it’s showing his flaws.
That's the spirit that built America! /s
it’s amazing how many on this forum have accepted the democrat-progressive and republican-progressive lies about cain.
Shouldn't he be campaigning for the job he wants, rather than pretending he's a crime scene investigator?
And there is something disturbing about how Cain, and his campaign manager, keep saying that there is "evidence", or that someone else "confirmed" something, when all they are talking about is their own quotes.
Does Cain really think that showing Forbes quoted him is some independent investigation?
Worse, does he expect us to forget that he personally claimed it was Anderson. He didn't say he was just repeating something he read in Forbes. Not that it would matter, since Forbes was just repeating what he told them.
Is this how you make a story go away?
C’mon “darlin” you can do better than that.
He’s just pulling crap out of his azz now.
Well, Cain is always blaming someone else for his problems. At least this time he didn’t blame Perry — he blamed Forbes magazine. “It’s all Forbe’s fault that I falsely accused Anderson of leaking the story”.
Frankly, I’m not sure why Cain is revealing this. Forbes crafted his 999 plan too. Now, if he paints Forbes as incompetent, or even his organization, that doesn’t bode well.
He’s right. Not that any of you care about facts.
If you read the interview, Cain accuses Curt Anderson, never mentions Perry.
With such expert analysis coming from puffadders like you this innuendo lynching will never end. You must be so proud ...
This Block character is dragging Cain down, IMO.
But, But, But, he is now “almost certain” that he told Anderson.
Cain and forbes were half right, it qas from perrys operation, just anderson worked on it with wilson and wilson was the man that took it public. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2801469/posts
But then again, you may be wrong.
Apologies to Billy Joel.
You mean, the lie that Cain accused Anderson of being the leak? Because it sure looks like Cain keeps saying it, so I think it’s OK to say Cain said that.
Different Forbes. Plus, Forbes did Perry’s flat tax. This isn’t “Steve Forbes”, this is “Forbes Magazine”.
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