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November 29th, 2011
 

More Sexual Allegations Rock Cain Campaign

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.

Georgia Woman Claims 13-Year Affair with Herman Cain: MyFoxATLANTA.com

Political Ramifications:

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.

 

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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