You’ve heard that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is getting early protection from the U.S. Secret Service.
But we’re getting mixed signals from the Cain campaign for the reason. The Associated Press points to a concern over violent flakes:
While it’s unknown whether a specific incident triggered the request, police reports show that Cain’s campaign has been the target of a threatening phone call on at least one occasion.
On June 1, Cain’s campaign office in Stockbridge, Ga., reported receiving a call from someone who did not identify himself but who claimed to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. The man said that Cain, who is black, should not run for the White House.
“Tell him not to run” and “there’s no such thing as a black Republican,” the man said, according to a written statement Cain’s administrative assistant, Lisa Reichert, gave to the police. The caller did not explicitly threaten violence.
But the Washington Post reported late last night that control of the press pack around Cain might also have been a reason for the campaign to request agents:
Gordon would not say how many Secret Service agents would be positioned with Cain, but the spokesman said the coverage began Thursday night in New York, where Cain taped an interview on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
On the campaign trail, Cain “draws anywhere from a dozen to 50 media at his events,” Gordon said. “When he gets out at a rally or a campaign stop, it has been increasingly common for media to be physically putting themselves and others in danger by trying to follow him with a lot of heavy equipment and cameras in close quarters like we saw yesterday.”
In his autobiography, by the way, Cain toyed with the idea of bestowing the Secret Service code name of “Cornbread” on himself.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider