Despite a bad week in Washington, the campaign of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain doesn’t appear to be sinking. From the Washington Post:
Businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney are running nearly even atop the field of 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows, with most Republicans dismissing the harassment allegations that over the past week have roiled Cain’s campaign.
Seven in 10 Republicans say reports that Cain made unwanted advances toward two employees when he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s–allegations which have been stiffly rebutted by Cain’s campaign–do not matter when it comes to picking a candidate.
But the same poll says Cain’s support among Republican women appears to be dicey.
The National Restaurant Association will say today whether it will allow one of the women, who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment while he headed the lobbying group, to make a statement. She is currently bound by a confidentiality agreement.
The Cain campaign is becoming quite comfortable with interior contradictions. On Thursday afternoon, Cain campaign manager Mark Block said he accepted denials from the campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that one of its consultants, Curt Anderson, had no role in leaking the existence of the sexual harassment complaints against Cain to Politico.com..
But in a radio interview with Sean Hannity several hours later, the candidate himself was unwilling to let his rival off the hook. Said Cain:
”Two weeks ago, this writer who wrote the story, tried to goad us into saying something. It was also two weeks ago that Mr. Anderson, who used to work for me, when I ran my Senate campaign, went to work for Rick Perry. Connect the dots.”
Cain also spoke of his wife, Gloria, who hasn’t actively participated in his campaign:
”It is having an impact on her. Not because she believes any of this stuff, but because she sees that it puts an extra physical burden on me, just because we’re not canceling anything – we’re keeping our commitments.”
Gloria Cain, who has been married to the GOP presidential candidate for 43 years, won’t be appearing on Fox News any time soon, according to news reports. But my AJC colleague Jill Vejnoska has this tidbit:
While her husband votes Republican, Gloria Cain has voted in Democratic primaries and runoffs numerous times since 2000 — including the 2008 presidential primary that Barack Obama won with 66 percent of the vote, according to local voting records.
In 2004, Gloria Cain voted in the March Democratic primary for president, and then the Republican primary in July when her husband was on the Georgia ballot for U.S. Senate.
While in interviews, Herman Cain points the finger at Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in this new Internet ad, Americans for Herman Cain blames the liberal media:
Good piece by CNN contributor Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W. Bush:
If Herman Cain committed sexual harassment and is now lying about it, his goose is cooked and it should be. But if he is telling the truth, there is something terribly disconcerting about the way the Washington “scandal industrial complex” — full of reporters, former campaign workers and pundits — has reacted to this sad story….
Cain’s reaction has been human. It’s been just the opposite of what a politician who prizes political survival above all would have done.
One of the most important figures in Georgia Democratic politics stepped down last week. Richard Ray, who had been president of the Georgia AFL-CIO since 1999, is retiring. Wrote David Moskowitz in an e-mail:
Richard’s story is truly Horatio “Algerish”. He grew up poor in North Carolina with absolutely nothing. He is the one person that I know — had he the chance to receive a college education — would have truly gone much further. Instead he was forced to work as a glazer in the trades. From there he served in a leadership position in labor for over 30 years.”
A host of Democratic figures will give him and exiting secretary-treasurer Charlie Key a send off at 5 p.m. today at the IBEW building near Turner Field.
At Southern Political Report, Matt Towery says Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s decision to remove Occupy Atlanta from Woodruff Park is holding up:
An InsiderAdvantage poll conducted for the city’s biggest television station revealed that an overwhelming 69 percent of registered voters in Atlanta said they approved of the action taken by their mayor. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.
And here is the kicker: Every demographic — ranging from men, women, African-Americans, whites, you name it — favored Reed’s action by a large margin. For example, African-Americans favored his removal of the protesters by 67 percent. Oh, and those “youngest voters” who seemed to dominate the pictures on the news, well, 62 percent of those “young rebels” approved of Reed’s handling of the “Occupy Atlanta” group, as well.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider