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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Herman Cain’s campaign overshadowed by allegations of impropriety

Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate and former businessman, CEO and radio show host, is facing yet another charge of impropriety, this time from an Atlanta businesswoman who claimed she had a 13-year affair with the former pizza company chief executive. The woman, Ginger White, said that she had been aware at the time Mr. Cain was married and that their relationship was “inappropriate.”

Ms. White said Mr. Cain ended sexual relations with her eight months ago, when he began his run for the Republican nomination.

According to reports, Ms. White produced mobile phone bills showing what she said was Cain’s number. She said he had called her dozens of times over a period of several months. According to her, she decided to go public with her allegations after receiving calls from journalists, and she was bothered by the way Mr. Cain had “demonised” other women who had accused him of sexual harassment.

This surely must end what has been, until lately, an entertaining political campaign. According to Robert Costa at the National Review, “Herman Cain told his senior staff that he is ‘reassessing’ whether to remain in the race. He will make his final decision ‘over the next several days’.”

Mr. Cain is reported to have denied the “charges unequivocally.” He said, he had known “this lady” for “a number of years.” And that he’d “been attempting to help her financially because she was out of work and destitute, desperate.”

I believe, sadly, this candidate’s time in the sun is at an end. Even in these everything-goes days, marriage fidelity is expected, demanded, of a man who aspires to be the president. 

© Russell G. Campbell, 2011

4 comments — This is a moderated blog and comments will appear when approved. Please don’t resubmit if your comment doesn’t appear immediately, and please do not post material that is obscene, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable.

  1. Russ,
    I cannot determine the veracity of any of the accusations against Cain and am mindful of the "throw enough mud and some will stick" approach to destroying a candidate's credibility. As for Cain 'demonizing' the women; if the standard used is the Clintonistas demonizing of Flowers et al he has not done anything approaching that.

    Perhaps I am too mindful of what Clarence Thomas described as a "high tech lynching" particularly in reference to conservative black nominees to be ready at this time to pass on Cain. But then it really is the American people who will decide and not my place.

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  2. "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. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door."

    With that statement,from Cain's lawyer to Fox News,it's pretty clear the allegations are founded in fact.

    Too bad, I liked Cain,thought he was the best candidate for the Republicans. Maybe they better start scouring monasteries for a sexually sqeaky-clean candidate .

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  3. dmorris, I too like Cain and wanted him to do well, though, I did see him as a long-shot to win the nomination.

    I don't see the issue as being "a sexually sqeaky-clean candidate," but rather a question of betrayal of trust. If one's prepared to betray his or her spouse, can they be trusted in public office? And I don't believe a majority of Americans are ready for "open" marriages.

    Regardless, I'm sorry to see Cain go.

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  4. I wonder if Cain knew where Canada is located? I cannot believe for one minute that the above comments are not in jest. Cain, Perry Backman are probably some of the worse candidate for the Republican party in its entire history. Deeply ignorant of even the basic fact about the country they apparently love, zero understanding (or interest)in the world beyond America's boarder it is a sad day when you consider that one of these bozo could have become the GOP's nominee.

    I'm no fan of Obama, but at least he understand the history of the world -- Cain was not too sure what the story is about Libya.

    You know its a sad day in the GOP when you start missing Sara Palin...

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