Herman Cain campaign backs off Rick Perry accusation

From Politico.com:

Herman Cain’s campaign manager is standing down, saying he accepts the denial of a strategist for Rick Perry’s campaign that he was responsible for orchestrating the first story about sexual harassment complaints against Cain while he was the CEO of a restaurant trade group in the 1990s.

On a midday Fox News appearance, Mark Block, when pressed by host Megyn Kelly, said he takes Curt Anderson at his word that he did not plant the story in the media.

Roll tape:

Throughout the week, Cain’s basic problem has been a series of assertions — whether sexual harassment settlements or characterizations of China’s nuclear abilities — that are immediately subject to change or recasting.

This just happens to be another one. Venue is another problem. One can often get away with wild statements on the road. But in Washington, spouting misstatements is like flashing a roll of twenties in a bar full of assassins.

Late Wednesday, in an interview with Forbes, Cain accused Anderson, his political adviser from his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, of leaking details of the sexual harassment claims to the campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry – for whom Anderson now works.

Cain, a former radio talk show host from Georgia, says he told Anderson about the harassment claim in 2003, in a private conversation.

But in an interview on CNN this morning, Anderson said that conversation never happened. “I don’t know anything about this,” he said. Given that Cain is accusing others of a smear campaign, Anderson said, the last thing he ought to do is falsely accuse somebody else.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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52 comments Add your comment

Independent voter

November 3rd, 2011
4:01 pm

Senate blocks $60B part of Obama jobs plan another sorry move that the republican did to hurt american people.

Webster

November 3rd, 2011
4:15 pm

So he’s known that this would be a campaign issue since 2004 but seems completly unprepared to deal with it in his current Presidential campaign? Do we expect a candidate that campaigns stupidly to run the country intelligently?

phil

November 3rd, 2011
4:21 pm

Kennedy and Clinton are white. Thomas and Cain are black. I wonder why the allegations have been treated differently by the media.

jj

November 3rd, 2011
4:21 pm

Cain = moron.

phil

November 3rd, 2011
4:23 pm

JJ did not major in math as rocket scientist Cain did!

gm

November 3rd, 2011
4:25 pm

Ann the witch Coulter said their Rep Blacks are better then the Dem blacks, what so said those uncle tom dancers like Cain, Steele, Thomas, dont know when they have been insulted.
Have you ever heard this witch say white rep are better then white dem/

Redcoat

November 3rd, 2011
4:34 pm

independent voter………….the Senate blocked a Republican alternative that would have cost $12 billion paid for by $18 billion in spending cuts.

tim

November 3rd, 2011
4:36 pm

The old I’m the victim” doesn’t fly Mr Cain. You’re an idiot!

Blue Man on a Red Island

November 3rd, 2011
4:36 pm

@Phil – You must be too young to remember Clinton’s bimbo explosions on the news EVERY SINGLE NIGHT for a good year.

Not to mention he was impeached by the House, which was also extensively covered.

In fact, if the media ignored it, how do you know about it?

Tell us again how Clinton was treated differently by the media.

Centrist

November 3rd, 2011
4:37 pm

Stay tuned right here to the Herman Cain multi times a day bashing.

Once he drops out (like he ALWAYS was going to have to do), watch for the next Republican bashing right here. Democrats need not worry – they are always protected by Mr. Jim Galloway and the rest of the leftist AJC.

Redcoat

November 3rd, 2011
4:37 pm

gm…………….What does “uncle tom” mean?

clem

November 3rd, 2011
4:38 pm

cain and his team are incompetent

Blue Man on a Red Island

November 3rd, 2011
4:39 pm

@Centrist – So you have no problem with Cain changing his story multiple times and blaming everyone but himself?

Redcoat

November 3rd, 2011
4:40 pm

Blue…………and he stayed President!? and he is soooooooo loved?!

thewindwhistler

November 3rd, 2011
4:41 pm

Is politics sneaky, conniving, backstabbing, inuendo, fearmongering, low down, without morals or scruples and out and out lying? No wonder everybody waNTs to get in politics.

Blue Man on a Red Island

November 3rd, 2011
4:43 pm

@Redcoat – And Herman is still running, and leading the polls. What’s your point?

nutts

November 3rd, 2011
4:43 pm

gm and Independent Voter are perfect examples of the illiterate mass that permeates our society today. Their post are at a 3rd grade level..they are full of misspellings, grammatical errors and ramble like a drunk. But, I bet they know how to get welfare checks, food stamps and where to catch the bus to vote for their next paycheck.

Blue Man on a Red Island

November 3rd, 2011
4:46 pm

@Nutts – Spelling police on a blog = I have no facts to refute what you are saying.

Try again.

jconservative

November 3rd, 2011
4:48 pm

Cain = no brain.

As a potential Republican nominee Cain is toast.

What do you want Republicans, 4 more years of Obama or 8 years of Romney? Now is the time to decide. I am guessing most of your will decide on 4 more years of Obama.

Blue Man on a Red Island

November 3rd, 2011
4:49 pm

Not to mention, it should be “Their posts” not “Their post”. Think plural, not singular.

You really should review for grammatical errors when pointing out grammatical errors.

phil

November 3rd, 2011
4:51 pm

Clinton News Network!

phil

November 3rd, 2011
4:52 pm

It was about sex. You voters don’t worry your pretty little heads!

Redcoat

November 3rd, 2011
4:53 pm

Blue………….I think we are now on the same page……..my bad!

Blue Man on a Red Island

November 3rd, 2011
4:54 pm

Back at you man!

Tom (Independent)

November 3rd, 2011
4:59 pm

Phil@4:21 – Biggest difference – Kennedy and Clinton got play while Cain and Thomas only got conversation and suggestive comments. 1st two were serious PLAYERS, 2nd two were Want a Bees!

Redcoat

November 3rd, 2011
4:59 pm

nutts…………They aren’t for real, just trolling for insults to play like victims, pull race card. That’s all they got.

jim

November 3rd, 2011
5:12 pm

If you accuse someone of being an Uncle Tom, it’s a complement. Do read HBS’s wonderful book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”….

jim

November 3rd, 2011
5:15 pm

Sorry…meant compliment not complement for those who know the difference.

RAMZAD

November 3rd, 2011
5:17 pm

john boy

November 3rd, 2011
5:23 pm

I think the difference with Newt and Clinton’s girl friends and Cain’s girl friends is that Newt and Clintons girls were will parties.

RAMZAD

November 3rd, 2011
5:25 pm

Cain is finally seeing what the Republican Tea Party is made of. I wonder how he lover their boot in the back of his throat?

RAMZAD

November 3rd, 2011
5:25 pm

RAMZAD

November 3rd, 2011
5:27 pm

Insect at a fowl convention chirping about 999.

john boy

November 3rd, 2011
5:28 pm

Don’t agree to let them talk. What if they are white and creditable. If Romney says he did not do it, accuse Sarah next.

Big Daddy

November 3rd, 2011
5:38 pm

Cain paid $35,000 to one woman and $45,000 to another just to keep them quiet. And, yet he insists he did nothing wrong. Has he tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge? In another week, he may want to jump from it.

gm

November 3rd, 2011
5:39 pm

Redcoat

One who buck dance in front of the Rep party, and have no history of self, one who does not know when racial overtones are being used to insult, but this person does not care he wants to be accepted.
Ops sounds like Cain, Steele and uncle clarence thats my version of course I know what it really means in the history books.

Dennis

November 3rd, 2011
5:40 pm

Big Daddy, Cain paid no one. Had these been viable charges, any trial lawyer worth his salt would have sued for big money. The fact they were paid a paltry sum was the result of the association making a business decision of not wanting to spend more money that what they gave, in order to fight the charges in court. Get a clue, please.

Martin Williams

November 3rd, 2011
5:58 pm

I have said it many times and I will say it again and again and again. The GOP got a bunch of serious idiots and they all want to be president of the United States. If the GOP don’t real very soon and I mean very, come 2016, they will be on the losing side again. For 2012, it’s over because they have giving the election already to Obama……..damn.

Martin Williams

November 3rd, 2011
5:59 pm

Dennis, Cain is finish, period.

Bootnewt

November 3rd, 2011
6:01 pm

Cigarette Smoking Man can blame it all on nicotene withdrawal.

Redcoat

November 3rd, 2011
6:27 pm

gm…………That is a very board brush you have used, How do you decide when racial overtones are being used or meant?

Frederick Douglass

November 3rd, 2011
6:50 pm

I have the straight skinny on Herman Cain’s sad state of “affairs”. My mid-west operative in Omaha, who’ll be referred to only as Slick Kenny, informed me that Cain, ever the savvy entrepreneur, acquired the territory of a prominent North Omaha pimp in early 1995. Herman seeking to infuse the streets with a better product, approached several attractive employees about the opportunity of making some extra cash by moonlighting at his new startup, apparently his pitch needed some honing. Needless to say, the venture failed. However; fast forward a decade or so, and all that Herman has left, are three sexual harrassment suits, and one ten gallon Stetson hat that he took off of the pimp.

Big Hat

November 3rd, 2011
8:32 pm

The real issue about Cain: sex scandals are only an embarrassment, money laundering and campaign cash slush funds from a phony charity are a FELONY. Know the difference, chump!

John

November 3rd, 2011
9:08 pm

It is pretty obvious that Cain will come out of this mess unharmed. I know he would lead this country better than the idiot that we have now.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 3rd, 2011
9:10 pm

Frederick Douglass

November 3rd, 2011
6:50 pm

I have the straight skinny on Herman Cain’s sad state of “affairs”. My mid-west operative in Omaha, who’ll be referred to only as Slick Kenny, informed me that Cain, ever the savvy entrepreneur, acquired the territory of a prominent North Omaha pimp in early 1995. Herman seeking to infuse the streets with a better product, approached several attractive employees about the opportunity of making some extra cash by moonlighting at his new startup, apparently his pitch needed some honing. Needless to say, the venture failed. However; fast forward a decade or so, and all that Herman has left, are three sexual harrassment suits, and one ten gallon Stetson hat that he took off of the pimp.

lmao that deserves a repost

RON PAUL 2012

November 3rd, 2011
9:13 pm

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getalife

November 3rd, 2011
9:19 pm

Cain, the reason the pay outs were so small is because this was back in the 90’s, $45,000.00 back then was a lots of money. Don’t try to down play us as if we are stupid. Anytime you pay to keep someone from talking YOU DID IT, AND YOU KEEP LOOKING DUMB AND DUMBER. Anybody wonder why his wife is not on the campaign trail? I think wife knows something!

johnnyringo

November 3rd, 2011
11:40 pm

I don”t know what Herman Cain did or did not do, but I’m sure the media and his opponents will keep pushing this till we have a much better idea of what went on. Until I have a more plausible reason to believe these accusations, he still looks better than the rest of the field, and leaps and bounds better than our current President. That being said, L.O.L. Frederick Douglass!

RAMZAD

November 4th, 2011
12:04 am

A black social conservative is an oxymoron,

White social conservatives say there is no racism. They say you don’t need government help. You can pull yourself up by your boot straps. Yet these white conservatives are some of the same people who set the political and economic trip wire to makes sure that black people can not afford to wear boots.

Cain may just see the light after this.

RAMZAD

November 4th, 2011
12:11 am

Cain’s academic malfunction with the facts comes out of the truth that his wife had never heard any of this. Up to now this was a cover up. $80,000 worth of sex charge settlements and now the woman’s work was not “up to par.” What a snake………….!