Herman Cain first real scandal of 2012 presidential race
In what appears to be the first real “scandal” of the 2012 presidential election, Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain, is being accused of “Inappropriate sexual behavior,” an accusation that goes back to the1990s.
The news organizations Politico and the New York Times report, “According to multiple sources, that Herman Cain engaged in “flirty banter” that “crossed over into propositions” and made a “sexual overture” towards the women.” (MSNBC.com) Politico was the first to report the allegation that the former head of the National Restaurant Association made “Unwanted sexual advances” towards two female employees. Citing anonymous sources, Politico reported that one of the accusers was angry over a sexual advance Herman Cain made toward her when he invited her to his hotel room during a trade association event.
Politico stands by its reporting, saying it was extensively reviewed and it is comfortable with what it has published. “We have heard nothing from the Cain campaign. We stand comfortably behind every Politico reporters have written on the topic,” executive editor Jim VandeHei said in a statement. (CNN.com)
An attorney for one of the women said he was asking for permission from the National Restaurant Association to release a statement on her behalf. Under an agreement based on her accusation in 1999, the woman agreed not to speak publicly about the allegation when she worked for the trade group and Herman Cain was the president.
“This is absolutely fabrication, man,” Cain said. “I don’t know what else to say. How many more ways can I say this stuff is totally fabricated.” Cain and his campaign aides have been very critical of Politico’s reporting, “Citing the use of anonymous sources and a lack of some details about some of the claims. Cain has vehemently denied committing sexual harassment and said he recalls one settlement with a female employee as part of an employment termination agreement.” (MSNBC.com)
A Washington Post/ABC survey says the allegations don’t appear to be hurting the Hermain Cain campaign, at least for now. “Seven in 10 Republicans say reports that Cain made unwanted advances toward two employees … do not matter when it comes to picking a candidate.” The poll shows him running neck-and-neck with Romney nationally with Romney at 24% and Cain at 23%.
This isn’t going untouched, a group called Americans for Cain, released a Web video that blamed liberals for the nonsense surrounding Cain and called the allegations “a high-tech lynching.” The video states that “The liberals and the mainstream media can’t challenge Cain on the merits of his policies, so they’ve attacked him with the sexual harassment reports.”
Herman Cain has since moved forward and his back to business as he heads to Washington for a speech Friday to Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group aligned with the tea party movement. The best way to challenge an alleged scandal, would be to not only deny it, but continue with the task at hand. In this case, that means representing the GOP in the 2012 presidential race.
If former President Clinton can receive a slap on the wrist for having admitted to “Having sexual relations” with Monica Lewinsky in the White House during his presidency, I think the other GOP candidates will have to beat Herman Cain outright to represent the Republican Party in the 2012 Presidential Elections.