published Monday, October 31st, 2011

Cain team denies report of sexual harassment

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    In this photo provided by CBS News, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain appears on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)
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KASIE HUNT,Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain kept his Washington campaign schedule Monday even as his team accused "inside-the-Beltway media" of attacking him with allegations that he sexually harassed two women while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

In a statement Sunday to The Associated Press, his campaign disputed a Politico report that said Cain had been accused of sexually suggestive behavior toward at least two female employees.

The report said the women signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them five-figure financial payouts to leave the association and barred them from discussing their departures. Neither woman was identified.

The report was based on anonymous sources and, in one case, what the publication said was a review of documentation that described the allegations and the resolution.

Cain's campaign told the AP that the allegations were not true, and amounted to unfair attacks.

"Inside-the-Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain," spokesman J.D. Gordon said in a written statement. "Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain's 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."

Asked if Cain's campaign was denying the report, Gordon said, "Yes."

"These are baseless allegations," Gordon said in a second interview later Sunday evening. "To my knowledge, this is not an accurate story."

But Politico said that Gordon told their publication that Cain himself had indicated to campaign officials that he was "vaguely familiar" with the charges and that the restaurant association's general counsel had resolved the matter.

Politico also said it confronted Cain early Sunday outside of the CBS News Washington bureau, where he had just been interviewed on "Face the Nation."

"I am not going to comment on that," he told Politico when asked specifically about one of the woman's claims.

When asked if he had ever been accused of harassment by a woman, he responded, Politico said, by asking the reporter, "Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment?"

Cain — a self-styled outsider relatively new to the national stage — is facing a new level of scrutiny after a burst of momentum in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. He's been steadily at or near the top of national surveys and polls in early presidential nominating states, competitive with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The former pizza company executive has been pointing to his long record in business to argue that he has the credentials needed to be president during a time of economic strife.

Cain is slated to discuss his tax plan at the American Enterprise Institute, appear at the National Press Club and hold a health care briefing on Capitol Hill.

A message seeking comment from Peter Kilgore, listed on the National Restaurant Association website as its chief legal counsel, was not immediately returned.

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GreenKepi said...

Was wondering when this type of 'attack' would start by the B.O. media....

October 31, 2011 at 9:41 a.m.
ibshame said...

"The report said the women signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them five-figure financial payouts to leave the association and barred them from discussing their departures. Neither woman was identified."

The beginning of the end of Herman Cain if this turns out to be true. When are these politicians ever going to learn - The truth is better than a cover-up. People will accept the truth and move on but when you drag something like this out it only becomes harder for the public to move on. Before it's all over the names of the women will be known as well as the amount of money they were paid and just exactly what Cain was accused of doing.

October 31, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.
Facts said...

Because of my exposure to the inner workings of a primary in the 3rd District that involved a lot of false allegations to win, you can bet the bank that this information comes from Mr. Mitt Romney's campaign. You know, the Jesus-loving Mormon that has never found an issue he couldn't change positions on. Herman Cain needs to come clean. But just understand, this is not Barack Obama. This is a repeat of character assassination employed by some Bible-Thumpers. In this case, the Book of Mormon too.

October 31, 2011 at 9:56 a.m.
macropetala8 said...

GreenKepi said... Was wondering when this type of 'attack' would start by the B.O. media

What makes you think it's coming from the "B.O." side and not from his own GOP brothers and sisters? Remember, there are no friends in politics, and when trying to win an election.*

October 31, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.
patriot1 said...

This is racism, orchestrated by the inside the beltway media who cannot stand to see a real black man succeed. Never forget it was the left, the democRATS who was the party of slavery and still today wants to keep blacks on the plantation. Herman Cain is a runaway and they will do anything to destroy him.

October 31, 2011 at 10:50 a.m.
joneses said...

So this alledgedly happened twenty years ago and the article says he was accused and all the sources are anonymous? This is stupid and whoever wrote this article should be ashamed. I would guess the left is making these attacks like they did on Clarence Thomas. What is interesting is the dummycrats still give Clinto and Edwards a pass. Pathetic.

October 31, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.
BigDonL said...

Did you ever notice that when people dont have anything intelligent to say, they resort to calling people names? I'm just sayin...

October 31, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
GreenKepi said...

I suppose sometimes people get so frustrated with 'everything' ongoing these days..."calling names" is the only way to get it out and get 'relief'...

October 31, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.
ibshame said...

Patriot wrote: "This is racism, orchestrated by the inside the beltway media who cannot stand to see a real black man succeed"

LOL this reminds me of the accusation Clarence Thomas made when he accused Congress of engaging in "high tech lynching." If the accusations are true (as they were with Clarence Thomas) then irregardless of the race of the women or Herman Cain it would be better for Cain to give his version of what happened and move on rather than denying the whole story. As for Barack Obama being responsible for this story, that is highly, highly unlikely. He has nothing to gain from this story. You should look to the other 7 candidates that occupy the stage with Herman Cain in those Comedy Catch routines they call debates. Who would stand to gain the most if Cain is removed from the picture as a "contender?" Some sharks & snakes eat their own. LOL

October 31, 2011 at 12:15 p.m.
01centare said...

This isn't coming from the left. It's coming from within the GOP circle. Haven't you noticed? The GOP are like pitbulls snipping, snarling and biting away at one another. They're imploding! The left don't have to do anything. They're doing it to themselves!

Personally, it never dawned on me that he could be a sexual harrasser. My first impression of Cain was he looks more like the type who beats his wife! LOL/just kiddin'___well, sort of.

Remember to: ___The GOP devour their own!

October 31, 2011 at 10:10 p.m.
mystyre said...

patriot1 said..."Never forget it was the left, the democRATS who was the party of slavery and still today wants to keep blacks on the plantation"

as a black man i want to set the record straight 'cause republicans like to use this fiction to market themselves. the democrats of old were in name only. The old democrats held the same beliefs as modern republics(anti-big gov't). The republicans of old were a party that was for big gov't which is the common theme with modern democrats. read your AMERICAN history it's there.

November 1, 2011 at 9:43 a.m.
joneses said...

What I cannot understand is when did dummycrats start caring about sexual harassment? For goodness sake do they not remember how they stood behind Bill Clinton and John Edwards? The problem here is nothing puts more fear in a liberal than a black republican that can think on his own. Herman Cain has showed much class. if this were a dummycrat like Clinton he would hire attack dogs and destroy the reputation of these alleged accusers. This is just another high tech racist lynching by the dummycrats.

November 4, 2011 at 4:13 a.m.
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