Skip to comments.Cain responds to sex harassment allegation
Posted on 10/30/2011 7:06:28 PM PDT by markomalley
Herman Cain's campaign headquarters has released a response to a story, broken this evening on Politico, that in the 1990s two female employees of the National Restaurant Association "complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain," who at the time was head of the trade group.
Calling the story "thinly source allegations," Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said: "Since Washington establishment critics haven't had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain's ideas to fix a bad economy and create jobs, they are trying to attack him in any way they can." Gordon did not address any of the specific allegations in the report. Asked for a more specific answer, the campaign did not provide details.
Here is Gordon's complete response:
Inside the Beltway media attacks Cain
Fearing the message of Herman Cain who is shaking up the political landscape in Washington, Inside the Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain.
Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cains tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.
Since Washington establishment critics haven't had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain's ideas to fix a bad economy and create jobs, they are trying to attack him in any way they can.
Sadly, weve seen this movie played out before a prominent Conservative targeted by liberals simply because they disagree with his politics.
Mr. Cain -- and all Americans, deserve better.
Cain is likely to face questions about the matter on Monday. He is scheduled to appear at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington in the morning to discuss his 9-9-9 tax plan, and then speak -- and take questions -- at the National Press Club at lunch.
Well all I know is that there is no sex anywhere in this story. If there were we would know the details already.
So its much ado about nothing.
What I took offense at was that it was clear that rather than deal with the issue, there was an effort to hush it up. She was offered a way out to keep quiet.
A third party, likely a Democrat, is offended that she as a board member was not consulted prior to a settlement. The board likely had a committee to do such things or the president had inherent authority. This is not persuasive.
The fact that Politico mentions these irrelevant circumstantial facts indicates that they are grasping at straws.
Cain is saying nothing because he doesn't need to. Confidentiality agreements seal this.
In any event, there was no touching, just alleged innuendos.
This is a case where Cain should have put it out himself. Remember GWB’s DUI? He sort of hinted at it in the campaign, but it came out 4 or 5 days before election day.
The sources which include the recollections of close associates and other documentation describe episodes that left the women upset and offended. These incidents include conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned restaurant association events and at the associations offices. There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.
One problem the media has - they can't control our vote.
They must have a big effect on you...throwing up the white flag of defeat already?
I hope I’m wrong, it doesn’t look good and there’s likely more to come.
So far I have read posts virtually accusing Romney, Perry, and Rove of outing this Cain sexual harassment allegation. Whatever the truth is of these allegations, the actual source is not at this time tied to any of the three names mentioned. It is wrong to try and make political hay for one candidate by accusing the other candidates of behavior which is unverified and is an unfair, uncalled for, smear in itself. Campaigns do a lot of stupid things and negative attacks seem to have become the standard for some political managers. However, this attack on Herman Cain will not benefit any of the other candidates even if it destroyed him. There are many other sources with vested interests in keeping Obama in power to represent the democrat party and it’s socialist agenda. Attempts to pick off Republican candidates will continue and probably not a one is immune to scandalization of something in their lives, past or present. We have to keep our focus on the real enemies of this Republic.
That's Justice Thomas to you.
So actually, it worked not at all.
Why, to have this blowback would simply make liberal heads exlode, if both the damage control AND the going on s-hot offense could occur skillfully in the next 24-48 hour news cycle. LOL! EAGLES UP! DON'T WORRY FOLKS, WE WERE TO EXPECT THIS. TAKE THIS NEGATIVE ENERGY AND PROCESS IT TO "POSITIVE" AND TURN IT RIGHT BACK ON THEM.
Unbunch your panties. Politics ain't beanbag.
Great idea. If they don't think of it on their own - the 'Cain Train' followers can do it on their own!
“So I wonder what Herman did, exactly, to these women ...like hold the door open for them or something??”
Probably called ‘em “honey”.
” In any event, there was no touching, just alleged innuendos.”
“The woman revealed at the time that she had suffered what the source described as an unwanted sexual advance
from Cain at a hotel where an event involving the group
was taking place.”
Zot baby Zot!!!
I'm heartless and proud baby!!!
Why not let it play out? Why go to war? To claim racism is a huge mistake. It won’t work and will make people angry. It didn’t work when Cain tried to jump on the racism wagon against Perry with the N-rock. People knew Perry was not a racist. If this is not true, it will certainly die a quick death. I don’t want our candidates beat up by the press or posters either. I intend to vote for the last man standing and I hope his credibility is still intact.
I’M thrilled there was no sex involved. And there was no harassment in an office setting thank god.
The liberals, Perry supporters, and Romney supporters will have to come up with something better than this!
if hitting the ground counts as stoppinng your free fall then yes, Perry had stopped his freefall, but this has Mitt’s fingerprints all over it. But regardless of who was responsible for this... he ANY of the candidates try to go after Herman on this... they will 100% destroy their candidacy. Heck if they even get checky with it, it would probably destroy them, this is radioactive to all of them, and they would all be smart to take Herman’s side on this and circle the wagons agaist this type of frivolous smear of another candidate and good man.
What ever happened to Larry ? Havent heard hide nor hair about him in a year or two.
To certain Texans, SUPER LIBERAL AMNESTY COMMUNISTS > any American. Why? because he's from Texas!
To the morons who emigrated to Texas, Texas used to be called Tejas.
You had to get a drunk from Tennessee to get your state independent from Mexico, and how do you thank the rest of the union? You support amnesty, free tuition to illegals, guns to illegal gangs, rapes and murders across the Rio Grande and call the rest of us racist for not supporting Rick Perry???
I'll take 50 more years of Obama than a wolf in sheep's clothing. Atleast with Obama I know I'm getting raped, with Perry I get double talk and now suddenly Cain has sexual allegations launched against him? I guess Good Ole Fat Boy Karl Rove finally realized Herman Cain is here to stay!!! FUKR, FUFNC, FUMR, and FUBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Marty- if your guy Perry were ahead in the polls the Libs would be dragging out the Gay card, the Anita caught him in the act and the Miami drag bar incident allegatons - so be careful about your disparaging conclusion on Mr. Cain.
With all due respect!
“Someone just emailed me that they heard the Rick Perry camp let this one
loose. Has anyone seen anything on this?”
It wouldn’t benefit Perry. He’s almost in last place. Cain’s people would not go to Perry if the story is true. Cain’s people would go to his friend , Romney. Your friend who emailed you is way off on this one.
if I were Cain, I would just ignore it. Twenty years ago. Has nothing to do with anything if there is no proof.
I don’t know, I’ve read about 3 threads so far and that’s all I have time for now.
Looks like total nothing to me.
Don't know if it's Romney but you're correct saying the dems would have held onto this information.
I wouldn’t believe the rumors until verified.
If there was anything of substance to this, Herman Cain would have never run for President, knowing that it would come out. So, I’m sure this is much ado about nothing.
“Wrong.. this has Perry written all over it. His free fall finally settled and now hes launching attacks against conservatives.
Rick Perry is a sleazeball.”
Really interesting you would automatically point at a candidate instead of the Obama camp. Wouldn’t it make more sense that Obama and company are reminding Cain that his anti-Obama rhetoric is over the cliff lately? And they’re not going to take it anymore.
If you have faith in your candidate, let it play out.
Meanwhile, “bereaved” muslims are suing a Catholic school accusing them of having crosses on display.
Sexual harassment? Holy Cross harassment? Whatever...
I think so, too..It won’t matter at all in a few days..
I will never forget the Thomas hearings..
That was a Senate confirmation ..not Politico.
The woman revealed at the time that she had suffered what the source described as an unwanted sexual advance from Cain at a hotel where an event involving the group was taking place.
There were no allegations of touching, only of innuendo. "Sexual advance" covers everything: physical, verbal and gesture, just like "assault" versus "battery".
Just an FYI. The reason that several people, including some pretty big names, suggest this is because there have been two credible warnings of a smear campaign on Cain coming from the Perry camp, the most recent was just last week - and the warning came directly from a staff member to Iowa volunteers.
go look at NoMitt’s postings over the whole 5 days he/she has joined.
If this were true, wouldnt the payoff be in the National Restaurant Associations federal reports? They may not be a 501(c)3 but they probably have to file regular statements of their expenditures with the IRS. Should be easy enough to check these facts if they have an idea of the time this happened.
Whoraldo made the point that if there was a lawsuit (however frivolous) that was settled, part of the deal would be a non-disclosure agreement. So Cain cannot answer the questions directly. If that's true it's going to be ugly.
I am not saying that is what it is, it could be Romney or Rove for all I know. I would think liberals would sit on this until after the nomination, if Cain were to be the nominee.
I think the establishment GOP may hate Cain as much as much as the liberals.
uh huh a man forgets about something like this? RIIGHT!
Cain is UNBELIEVABLE!
See post #136.
If there was a settlement, there would be a non-disclosure agreement, so Cain couldn’t even admit there was such a suit, or say anything else about it. It sounds like it was frivolous in the first place, but it puts Cain in a real bind, unless the plaintiffs come out in public.
Yeah. I saw that too. I didn’t think they were credible warnings at all. I also saw that the Perry camp was going to destroy Romney quickly. I just shook my head. Foolish stuff. It shows you how the media thinks we’re a bunch of stupid kids. Perry is in no position to go negative. He has to sell his policy one on one. Michele Bachman is only hanging around so she can attack Perry for Romney. I honestly believed Cain was in for that reason too...but it looks like he wants the gig.
The only person who will benefit from this all out Republican war is Newt Gingrich. I think the story was planted by the Obama camp. They hate Cain attacking Obama and thus stories are going to start coming out just as they did when Obama and Hillary were competing.
If Cain is clean on this and holds on to his dignity by not playing the race card, nothing else will stick to him either. If the story has some legs, well, it’s best we know now. A lot of big names have endorsed him and a lot of credibility is at stake.
My choice is Perry. If a clean Cain is the last man standing, I’ll vote for him.
They are credible, as I said, they came from a staff member to volunteers (of which I am one)
That's not a coincidence.
“They are credible, as I said, they came from a staff member to volunteers (of which I am one)”
You are a volunteer for who?
I would be the first to admit I know nothing about how campaigns are run. I hardly ever listen to anything but policy and I haven’t heard any from Romney and Cain. The 9-9-9 plan is not settled. Romney says nothing. Only Perry and Newt talk actual policy.
I would be disappointed to learn the Perry camp had anything to do with the leak about Cain....unless of course, the leak is true. I don’t think anyone should get a pass just because they’re black. We’ll see as it plays out.
Unfortunately, if payments were made there is some sort of basis to reporting the story.
And Obama’s guys would never have let this drop this early.
It is a shame, because Cain talks policy all the time. If you would like to know more about his policy - here are some places to start: http://www.hermancain.com/the-issues and http://www.hermancainissues.com and his commentary history going back to 2005 at http://www.thinkersvoice.com/content/cainscommentary
Why did you feel it necessary to bring up race?
Reminds me of this
This is just some reporter looking to make a name for him self, a la Woodward/Bernstein.
Even the Austin Chronicle couldn’t dig up anything on Perry, and they said they tried last year. There’s been a reward out for months, and no response.