Monday, November 28, 2011
Bombshell Alert! An Atlanta businesswoman has come forward claiming she has been involved in a 13-year-long affair with the Godfather of Pizza and Tea Party darling Herman Cain.
FOX 5 Atlanta senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, who had a story to tell:
“I’m not proud. I didn’t want to come out with this. It bothered me that they [Cain’s accusers] were being demonized, they were treated as if they were automatically lying, and the burden of proof was on them. I felt bad for them.”
White was worried a political tsunami was headed her way. So, she decided to head it off, by confessing she was involved in a 13-year-long affair with presidential hopeful Herman Cain.
Ginger White told FOX 5:
“It was pretty simple. It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”
Ms. White says she met Herman Cain in the late 90s in Louisville, Kentucky, when as president of the National Restaurant Association, he made a presentation. She was impressed. She says they shared drinks afterwards and he invited her back to his hotel room.
“’I’d like to see you again,’” White said Cain told her. “’You are beautiful to me, and I would love for us to continue this friendship.’”
She says in his hotel room, he pulled out a calendar and invited her to meet him in Palm Springs. She accepted, and she says the affair began.
She says he gave her his newly-published book, Leadership is Common Sense, and he wrote: “Miss G, you have already made a ‘big difference!’ Stay focused as you pursue your next destination.”
Ms. White says during the next 13 years, he would fly her to cities where he was speaking and he lavished her with gifts. She says they often stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead and dined at The Four Seasons restaurant. She says he never harassed her, never treated her poorly, and was the same man you see on the campaign trail.
When his new book, CEO of SELF, came out in 2001, she says Cain once again autographed it for her writing, “Friends are forever! Everything else is a bonus.”
She says the physical relationship ended about eight months ago, right before Cain announced he was running for president. But the communication did not, pointing to her cell phone contacts.
She showed FOX 5 I Team reporter her cell phone bills that included 61 phone calls or text messages to or from a number starting with 678. She says it is Herman Cain’s private cell phone. The calls were made during four different months– calls or texts made as early as 4:26 in the early morning, and as late as 7:52 at night. The latest were in September of this year.
She says she planned on keeping their relationship a secret while Cain made his run for the White House until she and her family watched reports of different women who had accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment [and] was bothered by the way Cain fought back, attacking the woman, including during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Ginger White says she expects to be scrutinized and attacked by Herman Cain and the media, but she felt she needed to tell her story before anyone else told it for her.