Life has been a blur for GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain since he won that Florida straw poll. This weekend was particularly busy for entrepreneur and former radio talk show host:
– In Los Angeles on Friday, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza — on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” — recited his resume and reacted to being called “Herb Cain” by Sarah Palin. Cain reviewed his Muslim gaffe from the spring, and declared that Rick Perry of Texas was a good governor. Emphasis on “governor.”
– Also Friday, Cain spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael and another staffer left the campaign. CNN asked Carmichael if her departure was a sign of staffing trouble. “No comment,” she said, insisting that her departure was “amicable.”
– On Saturday, Cain won the National Federation of Republican Women’s national convention straw poll in Kansas City with 49 percent of 505 cast by women from 41 states. Following Cain were Rick Perry, 14 percent; Mitt Romney, 13 percent; and Newt Gingrich with 12.5 percent.
– Allan Williamson also sends word that in Georgia, Cain on Sunday won a DeKalb County GOP straw poll with nearly 65 percent (250) of 341 ballots cast. Others: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 29 votes; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 28; Newt Gingrich, 15; Ron Paul, five votes; Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum, four each; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, one write-in vote, and President Barack Obama, one write-in vote. “An infiltrator!” writes Williamson.
– On ABC’s “This Week,” Cain admitted that he should have said something during a Florida debate when audience members booed a gay U.S. serviceman posing a question to the candidates.
The GOP presidential candidate from Georgia also had this to say about a name associated with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s family hunting lodge:
Cain: My reaction is that is very insensitive. There are some words that do not basically inspire the kind of negativity like that particular word. And I know that you’re refraining from saying that word, so I’m going to say what the word was on the rock. The name of the place was called ["--head"] That is very insensitive.
And since Governor Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place. It’s just basically a case of insensitivity.
Christiane Amanpour: It was painted over.
Cain: Yes. It was painted over. But how long ago was it painted over? So I’m still saying that it is a sign of insensitivity.
– For the first time, Cain has some money to work with. On “Fox News Sunday,” Cain told Chris Wallace that report raising something north of $2.1 million this quarter. Cain also warned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that the water might not be as warm as he anticipates:
Said Cain: “I believe that a lot of conservatives, once they know his positions … they will not be able to support him. I think that that is absolutely a liability to him, if he gets in the race.”
– On Sunday afternoon, the McDonough resident was back home, reports my AJC colleague Tammy Joyner “with some 1,200 supporters wrapped around the Olde Blind Dog Irish pub in Milton. Some waited more than four hours to hear him speak and get a signed copy of his latest book, “This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House.”
Here’s a YouTube video of the event:
– Finally, today’s AJC Politifact Georgia takes a look at Cain’s claim that federal stimulus efforts normally would have produced 14 million jobs by now.
Somebody with Thomas Friedman’s new book, “That Used to Be Us,” take a look at Chapter 9, page 181 and fill us in. There’s supposed to be a nice mention of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
A report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, set to be released today, says 5 million voters nationwide have been disenfranchised by new state laws requiring photo IDs and other restrictions.
Since Republicans won control of many statehouses last November, more than a dozen states have passed laws requiring voters to show photo identification at polls, cutting back early voting periods or imposing new restrictions on voter registration drives.
Georgia, of course, was among the pioneers of the photo ID movement. From the New York Times:
The Brennan Center estimates that 11 percent of potential voters do not have state-issued photo identification. By that measure, it finds that the new laws would affect 3.2 million voters in the states where the change is scheduled to take effect before the 2012 elections.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider