Just when it seemed like Herman Cain was going to be able to put the allegations of sexual harassment behind him, another woman has stepped forward. Yesterday, Ginger White, an Atlanta woman, told a local TV station that she has been in a relationship with Cain for the past 13 years.
The difference between Ms. White and the other four women who have either come forward or have received sexual harassment settlements from the National Restaurant Association is that Cain’s relationship with White was consensual. In her interview with Fox 5 in Atlanta, White said that Cain had never assaulted her or made unwanted advances.
Even still, Cain is disputing the allegation. Cain has admitted that he knows Ms. White, but he says the two did not have a sexual relationship. White provided Fox 5 cell phone records that show that Cain had contacted her on numerous occasions as recently as September. Fox 5 sent a text message to the number that White indicated was Cain’s personal cell phone number, and he promptly returned the call. When confronted about the relationship, he claimed that he was just helping her financially.
In addition to giving the sexual harassment stories against Cain a new lease on life, White’s confession of a 13-year relationship with Cain also indirectly adds some credibility to the other accusers. In responding to the other allegations, Cain has said that those allegations where categorically false and than the women where all lying.
Cain’s wife has also come to his defense in a Fox News interview, saying, “I know the person that he is. And I know that the person that they were talking about, I don’t know who that person is. We’ve been married for 43 years. And if I haven’t seen parts of that person in 43 years, I don’t think I’m that simple that I would miss something that significant.”
The Cain’s flat out denial helped the campaign get beyond the sexual harassment stories, but White’s new allegation of a 13-year affair with indisputable evidence that Cain has remained in contact with her undermines Cain’s credibility.
It is also important to note that the relationship with White began while Cain was the President of the National Restaurant Association. Cain’s initial contact with White occurred at a similar time as to when the two sexual harassment complaints were filed and when he allegedly had inappropriate contact with Sharon Bialek, a former employee of the National Restaurant Association. In fact, White’s account of how her relationship with Cain began is similar to what Bialek alleges happened to her. In both cases, Cain invited the women to his hotel room.
Below is the Ginger White interview from Fox 5 in Atlanta.
Cain has already seen his support in the polls plummet following the numerous sexual harassment allegations that have been made against him. At the same time, he has suffered from not being able to answer questions in regards to current foreign policy matters. Still, Cain has maintained some support, and only time will tell if this new allegation will pull some more support away from him.
In terms of who stands to gain from Cain’s demise, in Iowa, it could help candidates like Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann who have squeaky-clean images. Rick Perry might also be able to pick up the support of disgruntled Cain supporters. The Cain allegations might hurt Newt Gingrich, whose personal failings are already widely known. Cain’s alleged infidelity may remind people of Gingrich’s own personal past.
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