Monday, November 28, 2011

Is Herman Cain a chauvinist pig (among other things)...

...or the most persecuted man in America?

He's been accused by three women of sexual harassment, and he has denied each of those claims.

Now, Republican presidential candidate is accused of having a 13-year affair. And, yes, you guessed it -- he is denying it. Sort of. The Washington Post takes a look at the details of the purported affair.
In an interview with the local Fox affiliate in Atlanta, Ginger White said she met Cain in the 1990s and he invited her to meet him in Palm Springs. From there, she said, the affair took off and he flew her to places he was speaking and lavished her with gifts.
“He made it very intriguing,” White said. “It was fun. It was something that took me away from my humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.
“It wasn't complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”
She also showed the local reporter phone records that show 61 calls from a number that the reporter later traced to Cain. The calls were being made as late as September; Cain, who has acknowledged a relationship with White but not an inappropriate one, responded to a text message to the phone number but told the reporter he was helping her financially.
After being criticized for his slow response to sexual harassment allegations in recent weeks, the presidential candidate on Monday refuted the story before it came out, appearing on CNN the hour before White’s interview aired.
The Guardian picks up the story
The former pizza company chief executive from Atlanta pre-empted White's interview by telling CNN more than an hour before the Fox programme: "Here we go again."
Cain's lawyer, Lin Wood, issued a statement on his behalf, drawing a distinction beween this case and the earlier three women.
"This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault - which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.
Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public," Wood said.
Given this, Wood said Cain felt no obligation to answer media questions. Wood's statement did not contain a denial.
The latest allegations are likely to speed up Cain's dropping poll figures. He acknowledged the falling numbers, but said he took comfort in the fact that he was not at the bottom of the pack.
Politico has the full text of the sort-of denial from the Cain camp.

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