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.
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