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.
You think they'd have learned when they tried this on Clarance Thomas a few years ago.
You always have to bring out the “abused” women. Where’s Barry’s women? Was he gay before he met Michelle??
hussein obama and larry sinclair in the back of a limo report..
Pray for Herman Cain: Psalm 17:6-9
Zact replay of Thomas..! WHY do libs find this stuff so plausible? Cuz they’re guilty of the racism they claim to aim to eradicate.
Japanese-Americans were interned under FDR —they’d just show up and tell you to go to prison.
Ah, progressivism..! [sic]
I’m actually kind of excited to see how Cain responds.
I hope to see a bit of blood on the floor, and it won’t be Cains’.
It worked pretty well with Thomas, they dragged him in front of a congressional committee and had televised hearings for a few weeks.
Don’t blame the communists for fighting to win, blame the right for being wimps and incompetents
I suspect he still is.
The liberal media will just make fools of themselves and innoculate Cain from further attack. Every Republican must go thru this hazing from the media. Those who do win the battle.
Was any formal legal action filed? If not, there is no basis.
I love how these rumors and unproven allegations are reported as fact. There is no such thing as journalism anymore.
Ahh yes the old LIEberal playbook..if you can’t tag those conservatives with the racist tag then go for plan B, reach down into the sewer and dredge up some sexual lie accusations. Is that all they got???? LOSERS to their rotten cores.
On October 24, a Cain spokesperson acknowledged to Politico that he was familiar with certain old and tired allegations but insisted that the matter was settled amicably among all parties many years ago and that raising it now amounts to a smear campaign. A few days later, he told Politico that he had spoken about the matter with Cain, who remembered there was something vaguely, some allegation, but he wasnt familiar with it.
uh huh a man forgets about something like this? RIIGHT!
Cain is UNBELIEVABLE!
Drag $100 bills through trailer parks, theres no telling what youll find. - James Carville
The left is just filthy.
Geraldo is quivering with excitement.
My response would involve a baseball bat.
Time to bring out BO’s past in full force. This time we don’t have McCain who was a frightened little boy to speak of BO’s Muslim upbringing, “rev” Wright and his admitted drug use and God only knows what else. The gloves should come off about BO’s past. Gay lovers and all. Bring it on—anyone with a spine.
Yup, they are.
I think he was saying he was vaguely familiar with some kind of smear.
Even if it’s true, it doesn’t rise to the level of Clinton and Monica or Kennedy drowning a woman.
What a bunch of f’n racists! (And I NEVER use that word)
Guess that’s what he gets for being conservative. Even Ann Coulter’s standing up for him and she’s never been a big fan.
Where’s Jeanine Garafolo? “This is about hating a black man as President, It’s racism - straight up”.
Marty, the next time you have 100,000 employees and a legal staff to handle things that happened 20 years ago, get back to me.
It appears to me that you are micro-managing your smears on Cain. It’s getting tiresome.
I smell Mitt Romney’s hand in this..if the dems had this, they would have held it to use in the general election... Mitt is scared of a SELF MADE MAN
It’ll be something on the order of, “We were catering a National Restaurant Association meeting and he said to make sure there was plenty of butter on his asparagus. And after all these years, a notice at D.U. stirred my memory of just how inappropriate such a remark was.”
Juan Williams has it right, this is a Rove thing. There would not be a point for the Dems to bring it out before the general.
At this point I guess everyone in America has been sexually harassed or been the sexual harasser. It has lost its sting, just like the false, constant use of the word racism...............................people are over it.
It’s too bad because when it really does happen many people will turn a blind eye.
Very good point. The timing did make be wonder. I think you’re right.
It won’t work though.
Obama and the marxists have made it plain to the beltway media and the networks that they will destroy anybody that pursues anything regarding his eligibility, multiple SS #’s , college records, etc.
The scumbags at Politico don’t fear the right, they laugh at them.
Now if Cain called out the editors of that rag by name and hired an investigator to destroy their lives then we would be fighting fire with fire.
Until the right grows a pair this will continue to happen
If they (MSM) are able to succeed in doing to Cain what they did to Palin, we’re lost.
Shame on all you FReepers who are complicit.
Kind of reminds me what the GOP leaders (SC) tried to do to Nikki Haley. Smear.
The Left will stop at NOTHING!
Herman Cain is their biggest nightmare!
My first thought!!!
Now there's a trustworthy source. /s
The left thought they had dodged a bullet when Palin decided not to run.... then along comes Cain :)
The left and the republicans insiders are scared to death of Cain.
Go Cain 2012!
“In a series of comments over the past 10 days, Cain and his campaign repeatedly declined to respond directly about whether he ever faced allegations of sexual harassment at the restaurant association. They have also declined to address questions about specific reporting confirming that there were financial settlements in two cases in which women leveled complaints.”
If this were true, wouldn’t the payoff be in the National Restaurant Association’s 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.
Anonymous smears by the leftwing propaganda media is not an “allegation”.
It's plausible that the media could force Cain out with this kind of stuff.
Wouldn't be the first time.
Unless it was their insurance that paid off.
I smell Rove - he needs to be ousted. He's mad, he said Herman Cain had peaked and is now going down. Cain instead increased.
ROVE HAS TO GO DOWN!! He's the establishment guy that put McCain in his position and is now trying to put Romney in his.
Please, everyone write FOX, get rid of Rove.
Too bad he isn’t being accused of snorting cocaine. Then he’d be “cool”.
” uh huh a man forgets about something like this? RIIGHT! “
Cain has to know that he was accused and that the Board of the Restaurant Association settled the complaints.
But, he said he “ could not comment until I see some facts
or some concrete evidence.
The Politico article multiple sources ,
it’s a lot more than Anita Hill’s solo and unwitnessed silliness
against Justice Thomas.
Cain obfuscated , but , refused to deny that he had
ever been accused of sexual harassment
when confronted this morning by the media after
appearing on Face The Nation.
Politico has seen the settlement papers and knows the names of the women who accused Cain
and how much they were paid by the board .
This was barely 10 years ago and the legal counsel
for the Restaurant Association would have interviewed
Cain to get his side.
A Cain aide seems to describe the case of a third woman .
” ( Cain ) did tell at least one campaign staffer this year
about the possibility that claims of sexual harassment could surface,
according to the aide.
Cain, this person said, described a case in which he fired an employee in 1990s and the woman alleged sexual misconduct or harassment.
Cain told the campaign staffer he had beaten the case
and that the woman had paid for his legal fees.
The aide had no further details.”
I was thinking the same thing. Judge Thomas Redux.
Toyko Rove propably had a hand in it
It was more than just media pressure on Palin. There was an all-out conspiracy to bankrupt her and her family.
The GOP didn’t lift a finger to help her, and neither do I expect them to lift a finger to help Cain.
So he lied to his staff.
I have no doubt Anita Hill was a desperate attemot by the Baortion lobby to get Thomas. And ofcourse he was married to a White (the horror) woman.
I guess Cain thought if Clinton could get by with this C***, he could. Clinton was said to be a cool guy to hang out with, unless you were a woman.
He hasn't denied it, so maybe he can explain it. BTW I've been accused of saying something in front of a woman that a friend actually said. I wasn't allowed to defend myself. This crap happens every day.
This is infuriating. Same old same old crap! I think this will backfire on those who dug up this trash. People are fed up with politics as usual.
Someone just emailed me that they heard the Rick Perry camp let this one
loose. Has anyone seen anything on this?
yeah, just saw that also....pathetic.
Romney or Perry behind this? Take your pick.