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Cain and Women
National Review Online ^ | 11/22/11 | Robert Costa

Posted on 11/22/2011 2:15:48 PM PST by manic4organic

In 1983, Eva Vachal, then 24 years old, was hired by Godfather’s Pizza. She began in the information-technology department. By 1986, when Herman Cain became president of the company, she was the corporate receptionist.

For the next decade — Cain’s entire tenure at the Omaha-based firm — she continued in that position, answering phones and assisting executives with various projects.

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In 1983, Eva Vachal, then 24 years old, was hired by Godfather’s Pizza. She began in the information-technology department. By 1986, when Herman Cain became president of the company, she was the corporate receptionist.

(continued) For the next decade — Cain’s entire tenure at the Omaha-based firm — she continued in that position, answering phones and assisting executives with various projects.

Vachal worked closely with Cain. They became friends. When he was profiled by Ebony magazine in April 1988, she was featured in the spread, chatting with Cain from her desk.

She was close with other young women in the office, especially the assistants to Cain and the rest of the Godfather’s brass. They frequently huddled over lunch and coffee, discussing, among other things, their bosses, including the company’s gregarious chief executive.

And never once, she says, did a woman raise an eyebrow about Cain’s conduct. In fact, in an interview with National Review Online, Vachal says that during her entire career at Godfather’s Pizza, she never heard about any improper conduct, harassment, or inappropriate behavior by Cain, even in the form of water-cooler gossip. “Believe me, receptionists know everything,” she says. “They see everything.”

After watching Cain work closely with young women for years, Vachal says she was shocked to learn of the sexual-harassment claims made by former Cain associates at the National Restaurant Association, the organization Cain led after he left Godfather’s Pizza.

The allegations have rocked Cain’s presidential campaign. With numerous allegations hovering over the candidate, many political observers have wondered whether Cain is a viable contender.

Vachal says she is speaking out because she does not believe Cain’s accusers. She also wants to shed a little light on his personality, to help voters understand who he is. She notes that she has not been in communication with the campaign or with Cain.

As she sees it, Cain was likely misinterpreted by the women who received settlements. At Godfather’s Pizza, within the executive suite, he was always a professional, she says. But he did enjoy complimenting staffers, be it on their work or on their sharp outfits.

“He had a very teasing attitude,” Vachal recalls. “He reminded me of my father and me. We’re both little rascals; we love to tease people.”

“Once in a while, he would tell me how attractive I looked in my pantsuit, or whatever, but I liked it,” she says. “I get it. I understand teasing. I don’t mind compliments.”

“People have become overly sensitive about things,” Vachal says, reflecting on the nature of the allegations. “Maybe people lack the confidence to say they’re uncomfortable, but I’ve always been able to say, ‘You’re standing too close.’ But with Herman, it was never like that.”

“I was a young girl in the Eighties,” she continues. “I was married and I had young children. He helped me to believe in myself even more.” His comments — to her and other young women, and employees of both genders — were meant to “boost people, period,” she says.

1 posted on 11/22/2011 2:15:50 PM PST by manic4organic
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To: manic4organic

Did a search and didn’t see this article posted. Got it from Mark Levin’s FB page. Don’t know if NRO has excerpting requirement, but this continues on page two of the link. Please forgive any errors. I rarely do this.


2 posted on 11/22/2011 2:17:44 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: manic4organic
Vachal says she is speaking out because she does not believe Cain’s accusers.

THANK YOU EVA VACHAL!!
3 posted on 11/22/2011 2:21:31 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: manic4organic
IIRC, Gloria Alred and the other gold-diggers STFU when Lin Wood let it be known he was a “friend” of Herman Cain.
4 posted on 11/22/2011 2:22:00 PM PST by Jacquerie (Think outside the pizza box.)
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To: manic4organic

This article is out of date. Cain is no longer leading in the polls so this info is no longer needed. Articles against Newt are currently being accepted.


5 posted on 11/22/2011 2:22:13 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (The patient is too far gone to save.)
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To: manic4organic

Very good!


7 posted on 11/22/2011 2:23:18 PM PST by Track9
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To: manic4organic

thank you for posting. Sadly, this young woman’s words will probably never make it to the headline news.

Cain is a threat to the liberal left, so unless one is a blonde bimbo who has difficulty keeping their boobs tucked into their shirt, or a frigid hag with no sense of humour, such statements will lay dormant for the most.


8 posted on 11/22/2011 2:25:56 PM PST by sevinufnine (Sevin - "If we do not fight when we know we can win, we'll have to fight when we know we will lose")
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To: manic4organic
Good find. Thanks.
9 posted on 11/22/2011 2:27:24 PM PST by Tribune7 (Perry, Cain or Santorum)
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To: BoingBoing

No, never too late, but that’s what the Cain haters (i.e. Obama lovers) would have us believe.

Last election McCain was near the bottom of the polls a year out from elections, but he was at the top in the end.

Take heart...CAIN for President!!!


10 posted on 11/22/2011 2:27:43 PM PST by sevinufnine (Sevin - "If we do not fight when we know we can win, we'll have to fight when we know we will lose")
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To: manic4organic

Part of me wishes this article had gone out a month ago, but I’m sure Cain will enjoy reading it sitting by the fireside during his golden years.

Anyway, Cain should press forward and see if Iowa brings in a positive surprise for him.


11 posted on 11/22/2011 2:27:57 PM PST by ReveBM
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To: manic4organic

G-d bless this woman for shining a light on Herman cain’s true treatment of women, which I find respectful and affectionate in a humanly way. I loved bosses or coworkers like this. They make you feel good, and competent.

He’s a good person and a great leader, who will never need to wet a finger and put it t the wind to know what his values are.


12 posted on 11/22/2011 2:28:00 PM PST by Yaelle (Herman Cain: the clever conservative with cojones.)
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To: BoingBoing

Love that pic. That looks like a boss every secretary would want.


13 posted on 11/22/2011 2:29:39 PM PST by Yaelle (Herman Cain: the clever conservative with cojones.)
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To: manic4organic

Great article, thanks for posting it.

I’ll have to add it to these testimonials about Cain’s behavior and character:

Joseph Fassler
National Restaurant Association chairman during Cain’s tenure: ‘It’s a hatchet job’http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/03/national-restaurant-association-chairman-during-cain%e2%80%99s-tenure-its-a-hatchet-job/#ixzz1cgsqrOLy

Sibby Wolfson
Cain’s Former Secretary: This Is Not the Herman Cain I Know
http://www.cainblog.com/2011/cains-former-secretary-this-is-not-the-herman-cain-i-know/

Karol Markowicz (2004 Campaign Staffer)
Why this guy’s no sexual harasser
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/why_this_guy_no_sexual_harasser_0ByzbPJgotwpzSAPZVu2bO

If you know Herman Cain – and I do – you believe him
http://www.northstarwriters.com/2011/11/10/if-you-know-herman-cain-%E2%80%93-and-i-do-%E2%80%93-you-believe-him/


14 posted on 11/22/2011 2:29:39 PM PST by justsaynomore (http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: ReveBM

Anyway, Cain should press forward and see if Iowa brings in a positive surprise for him.


Everyone who can should try and help him in Iowa. Phone calling or donations. If he wins Iowa he will have great momentum.


15 posted on 11/22/2011 2:32:18 PM PST by Yaelle (Herman Cain: the clever conservative with cojones.)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

Although then she pretty much says she “does” “believe them”, in that she doesn’t accuse them of lying. She says they likely misinterpreted what Cain did.

She describes things Cain did with her that were clearly not harrassment, but which she could see others might misinterpret.

IN other words, she clears Cain, while not making the women out to be liars, but rather just confused and misinterpreting and overly sensitive.


16 posted on 11/22/2011 2:32:49 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Drill Thrawl

Remember the Truman / Dewey election? It is never too late.


17 posted on 11/22/2011 2:33:52 PM PST by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: manic4organic

Great article...hope this lady does all the shows

Can we vote for Cain again?


18 posted on 11/22/2011 2:35:12 PM PST by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: manic4organic
Like most Cain supporters, I never for one moment thought the accusations against Herman Cain were anything other than lies engineered by Obama/DNC operatives, intended to hurt Cain, who the left obviously feared, as he would take a portion of Obama's usually guaranteed black vote and rock the D.C. political boat, were he elected president. To the left, Cain had to be stopped. The sexual harassment accusations from the 1990's were admittedly clever, as Democrat dirty tricks usually are. Cain can't defend himself because nothing happened. All he can do is deny the accusations. Every slimeball does that. Women, specifically, were turned off to Cain, just as the Democrats hoped. Some of his supporters fled, too eager to be PC and condemn Cain for things that are, on their face, outrageous and of course, totally unsubstantiated. The old 'He said-she said'.

Unfortunately, the stink of the smear stays on Herman Cain. That is totally unfair but it is also reality, as his dropping poll numbers demonstrate. Lies and unsupported, teary sexual harassment allegations out of the past still work, especially on conservatives. The left is clever. They know how to play dirty - and win. Republicans are far less skilled in dirty tricks or dealing with false allegations. As a Cain supporter, I never wavered in my belief that Cain is a very viable presidential candidate and that the allegations were nothing but a pack of lies, probably bought and paid for by shadowy Obama/DNC operatives. I can only hope that stories and testimony like this has some effect and that Cain can surmount this vicious attack on his integrity and go on to win the Republican presidential nomination. He'll have my vote.

19 posted on 11/22/2011 2:36:25 PM PST by Jim Scott (on the 'Cain Train')
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To: BoingBoing
A little too late?

Not for me. I never believed the MSM BS.

If Cain runs he is going to get my vote, possibly barring a Palin reentry or some other newcomer.

ML/NJ

20 posted on 11/22/2011 2:39:07 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Hey Chuckie,

Remember Herman’s reference to the 2x4 awakening he had with respect to reality? With your twisted 8% pretzel logic maybe you are in need of a little realignment yourself.

What is it about “she does not believe them” that just does not compute with you?


21 posted on 11/22/2011 2:39:47 PM PST by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: manic4organic
It was a hit piece. You can tell now because it's fading fast. They couldn't dig up anymore than they had, but it achieved the desired effect, and Gloria has to go back to her day job. Next course, fillet of Newt.
22 posted on 11/22/2011 2:40:27 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Charles in CT, misinterpret huh? Kind of like when Clinton said, “I did not have sex with that woman”, but apparently his interpretation of oral sex meant it wasn’t sex. Yeah, I see your point of view (now pulling my head back out of the back end).


23 posted on 11/22/2011 2:43:00 PM PST by sevinufnine (Sevin - "If we do not fight when we know we can win, we'll have to fight when we know we will lose")
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To: Yaelle

Why? What about that picture holds up to your statement that every secretary would want him as a boss? His tie?


24 posted on 11/22/2011 2:48:47 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: manic4organic
There's so much more Cain could do to deal with this stuff, mainly by going directly to the American people and stating his case and challenging these accusers to either prove their allegations or shut up. (Tell what he knows specifically or what he can't know because the accusers have failed to disclose specific dates, times, etc.) SAY IT. TELL the American people, the media, and these accusers all at the same time.

It doesn't help to wait for a media event and complain about being "tried in the court of public opinion." That goes NOWHERE. Come on, this is an election which itself is a trial by public opinion.

Mr. Cain needs to take better advantage of the golden opportunity to spend the bucks to go on national TV and begin a DIRECT dialogue with the American people, not through media events or some other buffer. Not majoring on this negative stuff (don't avoid it either) but take the offense and have "getting to know you" sessions with the American people, focusing who he is (a basic nice guy) and EXPLAINING what he wants to do (not, "I've got a plan, look it up if you have any questions"). We've been waiting for that since Reagan.

Mr. Cain you can do it. Are you listening?

25 posted on 11/22/2011 2:49:11 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: ml/nj

You’re not concerned about the $30MM he authorized in bonuses for 5 execs only 30 days before 500 employees were fired?


26 posted on 11/22/2011 2:55:36 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: sanjuanbob
Hadn't heard this slam yet, but no.

ML/NJ

27 posted on 11/22/2011 3:11:23 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

He was Chairman of the compensation committee for Aquila, Inc which was a partner company of Enron. Company was run into the ground...see pg 83 of class action for confirmation of “slam” as you referenced it. I’m sure the employees would agree that they were slammed as well.

He was chairman of the compensation committee for Aquila (page 1). Named in class action/
https://motherjones.com/files/1232_cid_3_amended_consolidated_complaint.pdf


28 posted on 11/22/2011 3:26:06 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: manic4organic; y'all

Ignore the trolls.

This is a positive piece about Herman Cain. Anyone with eyes can see that.

There are a few posters on FR who can’t stand to let any positive press for Cain to go (endlessly) unanswered.

They will try their hardest to derail such a thread and tie other posters up in knots trying to counter their sophistry. Heck, I watched as one of these guys stayed up for nearly 6 hours in the middle of the night/early morning, making post after post on a live debate thread, just to derail some small positive opinion Mr. Cain gained after a good performance.

Who knows what motivates such OCD behavior? Who cares? The less you reply to them, the better.


29 posted on 11/22/2011 3:30:31 PM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: sanjuanbob; ml/nj

You often post lies from Mother Jones, of all places?


30 posted on 11/22/2011 3:33:03 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: sanjuanbob; ml/nj; All
Read the truth:

the-truth-behind-aquila-and-herman-cain

31 posted on 11/22/2011 3:37:18 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: sanjuanbob
Mother Jones, There's a trusted site!

Bonuses are frequently part of executive compensation contracts, and not something decided upon as some sort of whim. Your 500 employees may well have been deadwood and the stockholders could have benefited nicely by pitching them. Cain's resume is one that says "success" to me. I like him.

ML/NJ

32 posted on 11/22/2011 3:39:28 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: buccaneer81

From Youtube;
Who’s telling the truth? Me? You? Cain?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIdZ3gj1BBU


33 posted on 11/22/2011 3:45:32 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: lonevoice

How many people on this page do you think donated money to Cain? I DID!!! Don’t go calling me a troll when I put my money where my mouth is. Most of you, likely, haven’t done the same.


34 posted on 11/22/2011 3:50:24 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: sanjuanbob
So you post an article from Mother Jones and a YouTube post from some literal nobody and call that an argument?

That's what the left does.

35 posted on 11/22/2011 3:53:47 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Disprove the legal action Buck, and I’ll listen. I’m wondering why it’s never been mentioned by Herman. That’s the real issue. We don’t need another Obama with the secretive past.


36 posted on 11/22/2011 3:57:52 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: sanjuanbob
You obviously didn't read from the link that was posted.

I've been named in a couple of lawsuits in my life, too. It was all garbage, and I walked (all of us did; they were work related).

37 posted on 11/22/2011 4:01:45 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: manic4organic

would we expect anything less?


38 posted on 11/22/2011 4:02:39 PM PST by ken21
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To: buccaneer81

All Herman has to do is tell the good folks what happened...and I did read the whole article you posted. I’d like to get hold of the Atlanta Constitution article that maybe could bridge our “argument”, although I don’t see it as an argument.

If you’ve hired people in business before and they omit an employer on their job application, they’re subject to termination.

Clear the air now instead of later.


39 posted on 11/22/2011 4:11:06 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

I don’t believe a word of those allegations either but its still having an effect on Herman’s campaign. I wish Hannity or someone would have her on their show one night.


40 posted on 11/22/2011 4:15:22 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: sevinufnine
You shouldn't stick your head in your back end -- you should READ the ARTICLE. I didn't say "misinterpret" -- the woman did:

As she sees it, Cain was likely misinterpreted by the women who received settlements.

So if you want to attack someone, attack the woman everybody is praising.

41 posted on 11/22/2011 4:31:12 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: mazda77
The part where it says "As she sees it, Cain was likely misinterpreted by the women who received settlements."

That wasn't MY logic, that's from the posted article, and it's HER logic. She doesn't believe that he harrassed them, she thinks it is LIKELY that they misinterpreted what he did.

If you have an argument, take it up with the woman in the article. Or you could pretend she didn't say what she said, and attack people who took her at her word.

42 posted on 11/22/2011 4:34:23 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Ha!! Not sure what article you read, but good try.


43 posted on 11/22/2011 4:39:00 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: woofie

My support has and will be with Cain. He has done some groundwork now in Iowa and with a win there, Cain will be in a good position.


44 posted on 11/22/2011 4:42:49 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: woofie

My support has and will be with Cain. He has done some groundwork now in Iowa and with a win there, Cain will be in a good position.


45 posted on 11/22/2011 4:43:11 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: ml/nj

That was an excellent response!


46 posted on 11/22/2011 4:46:22 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: woofie

My support has and will be with Cain. He has done some groundwork now in Iowa and with a win there, Cain will be in a good position.


47 posted on 11/22/2011 4:47:25 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: manic4organic

Eva sounds like an air head.


48 posted on 11/22/2011 4:47:50 PM PST by Carry me back
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To: Eagle of Liberty

Wow. Stupid android multiple postings.


49 posted on 11/22/2011 4:50:01 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: Carry me back

Wow, how insightful and relevant to the discussion. s/


50 posted on 11/22/2011 4:50:50 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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