Thursday, November 3, 2011
Looks like Herman has some ‘splaining to do.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, the Godfather of Pizza, faced a new round of sexual harassment allegations on Wednesday, with news of a third former female employee who described unwanted, sexual harassment from him.
The third accuser told the AP she had considered filing a workplace complaint against Cain for what she described as “sexually suggestive remarks or gestures” when she was employed the National Restaurant Association and he was the head of the group.
Victim number three says the incident occurred around the same time two co-workers settled separate harassment complaints against Cain, each reportedly for five figures.
Republican pollster Chris Wilson, who worked for the National Restaurant Association during Cain’s tenure, told Reid Mullins at Oklahoma radio station KTOK that he had witnessed at least two such incidents harassment by Cain:
“I was around a couple of times when this happened, and anyone who was involved with the NRA at the time knew that this was going to come up.”
Cain continues to deny the allegations saying “factions that are trying to destroy me personally as well as destroy this campaign.” He points to the rival campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the source, an accusation Perry’s camp denies.
Meanwhile, Herman Cain keeps talking, and talking, and talking. But his defense has been marred by shifting recollections and explanations. He first pleaded ignorance of the accusations or any settlement, but subsequently acknowledged that he had known of at least one of them.
His latest strategy is to tell the inquiring media, “Don’t even bother asking me all of these other questions that you all are curious about, okay?”
SOURCE: Washington Post