I’m not posting this because I believe it. In fact, I don’t, at least not yet. We haven’t seen the accuser, nor have we heard any details that might prove or disprove what she is saying. His previous two accusers turned out to be weak on credibility, and provided no solid evidence to back up their accusations. But the story of the affair is coming out on an Atlanta TV station tonight, and here’s a preview.
Oddly, Cain seems to have been the first to break the story during an appearance on CNN today. But he denied sexually harassing the woman, not the affair. That may not mean much — Cain may have expected the accusation to be like the previous ones that have hit him, which have concerned harassment. This accusation is not about harassment.
Or are we looking at two allegations coming out at once, and Cain only knew to respond to the one and didn’t see the other coming?
Update: Watching the video, it’s clear that there’s only one new accuser and Cain is responding to what he thinks will be in the story.
Update: About four minutes into the video, Wolf Blitzer spells out that the accusation is not harassment, but an affair. Mediaite’s headline was misleading.
Update: Here’s the story about Cain’s accuser. She is an Atlanta businesswoman, named Ginger White. And here’s Cain’s response:
“Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. 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. 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.
Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.”
That’s not a denial.
Update: The first statement, which contained no denial, may have exhibited bad lawyering. The second, which came from his campaign, exhibits bad politicking.
Detractors are trying once again to derail the Cain Train with more accusations of past events that never happened. The Cain Campaign is not surprised that another female accuser has come forward due to the fact that earlier allegations were unable to force Herman Cain to drop his presidential bid to renew America.“The American public is tired of dirty politics and smear tactics as evident of their tremendous outpouring of support for me, my family and my campaign this past month. I am running for President of the United States of America and the reality is that there are individuals out there that favor the status quo of higher taxes, more government and political cronyism and they are afraid of a Cain Presidency,” said Mr. Cain.“I have spoken directly to the American people and have been 100% honest with them. My plan is to continue to spread my vision on how I would renew America and keep her safe. I will not fight false claims as it is not what America needs or wants,” continued Mr. Cain.
Mr. Cain has spent four decades climbing the corporate ladder rising to the level of CEO at multiple successful business enterprises. Mr. Cain is a proven leader and the type of leader America badly needs at this time in her history.
At least this statement does seem to be a denial, of “past events that never happened.”