Atlanta woman says she and Herman Cain had 13-year, ‘off-and-on’ affair

A local Atlanta businesswoman went on local television this evening to declare that she had had a 13-year, “off-and-on” relationship with GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

“It was pretty simple. It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. I was also aware that I was involved in a very inappropriate situation,” Ginger White said in a televised interview with Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Dale Russell.

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Ginger White poses for a photo near Dunwoody, Ga. on Monday. In an explosive allegation, White said Monday she and Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair that lasted nearly until the former businessman announced his candidacy for the White House several months ago. AP/Greg Bluestein

In a move to pre-empt the report, Cain went to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer an hour before the Fox 5 broadcast, where he pointed to the report as the latest attempt to smear his candidacy.

Earlier this month, Cain’s rocketing candidacy was hit with accusations of inappropriate behavior toward three women while he was president of the National Restaurant Association. Cain denied any suggestions that he had harassed or made unwanted passes at the women.

“Here we go again,” Cain said Monday to Blitzer. “We will basically show, when the details become available, that I didn’t do anything wrong.”

But Cain, an ordained Baptist minister, said he couldn’t rule out any other accusations:

”Think about it, Wolf. You go through life and you believe that you have some people that are friends. And when someone that appears to be a friend, turns around and concocts this story, you’ve got to question – the hundreds of thousands of people that I have met in my life, a hundred thousand people could possibly come out. Do I know of any that might come out? Not off the top of my head.”

Cain pointed to his Atlanta attorney, Linn Wood, for further details. But in a letter to Fox 5, Wood didn’t repeat Cain’s denials:

This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.

Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.

In the Fox 5 interview, White said she was pressured to confess the affair by inquiries from other media outlets. “I wanted to give my side, before it was thrown out there and made out to be something, you know, filthy,” she said.

The two met in the late 1990s in Louisville, Ky., where Cain had given a presentation. Drinks led to an invitation to his hotel room, she said. Afterwards, Cain would fly her to locations where he was speaking.

“He made it very intriguing. It was fun. It was something that took me away from my humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting,” White said. She provided Russell with copies of her cell phone bill, showing text messages and phone calls from a number that White said was Cain’s private cell phone number.

“We never worked together. I can’t imagine anyone phoning or texting me for the last two and a half years just because,” White said.

Russell said he texted the cell number that White provided, and that Cain replied. The GOP candidate said White had the number because he had provided financial assistance to her.

White said the physical relationship ended eight months ago, not long before Cain announced his candidacy.

In his CNN interview, Cain said neither his wife nor any member of his family knew the woman in question. He insisted he would not leave the contest – unless the pressure became too great on his wife and family.

“I am sick and tired of the hurt and harm that somebody out there is doing to my family, more so [than] to me, with these baseless charges. What this says is, somebody is awfully afraid I’m doing too well in this Republican nomination,” Cain said.

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- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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222 comments Add your comment

Always Skeptical

November 28th, 2011
4:30 pm

OMG! Looks like Cain is taking up where Gingrich left off…What is the matter with these guys?????

Cat Lover

November 28th, 2011
4:31 pm

What is the difference between an affair and a relationship?
FIRST!!

Wow

November 28th, 2011
4:32 pm

Cheers

November 28th, 2011
4:33 pm

Friends or friends with benefits

Raine

November 28th, 2011
4:35 pm

oh my, someone has been playing in the pizza dough

whatajoke

November 28th, 2011
4:36 pm

He’s high strung…… :shock:

DownLouis

November 28th, 2011
4:37 pm

did he really think people believed him when he said he didn’t make passes at women? Oh that’s right – he had his wife confirm what a great guy he is.

Greedy

November 28th, 2011
4:37 pm

IF TRUE, I LIKE CAIN EVEN MORE.

Pete

November 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

Democrats cannot have a black republican. Dale Russell is as dirty as they come. He has to make sure the black man gets back in line.

Area man

November 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

Cain: “I deny the allegations and question the motives of the allegator.”

#occupy my desk...

November 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

yeah i like cain but where there’s smoke…and this much of it…

Honky Talkin

November 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

Hank Williams Jr. will be the GOP frontrunner next week. How many anti-Romney candidates does it take to lose an election?

[...] In promo for story, TV station says woman claims she had 13-year affair with Cain. [...]

Lefto Guru

November 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

This is why I will NEVER run for president. My closet has too many Skeletons.

DownLouis

November 28th, 2011
4:39 pm

His wife stated “if these allegations are true then he has a split personality.”

Yes Mrs Caine, most cheating scum bags do have a split personality. he certainly isn’t going to let on to his wife that he’s a royal pig.

SoWhat

November 28th, 2011
4:40 pm

And what ,out of curiousity, did Galloway say when Clinton and other dems had affairs??

Swampy

November 28th, 2011
4:41 pm

Might as well stay with what we have….

Doug

November 28th, 2011
4:41 pm

Liberals just can’t argue the issues. They just have to personally destroy people. The good ones are to smart to subject themselves to this.

Sonny LIED!

November 28th, 2011
4:42 pm

I LIED and everyone including Galloway knows it.

Karen

November 28th, 2011
4:43 pm

Pete is in a little bit of denial and is shooting the messenger.

Roekest

November 28th, 2011
4:43 pm

Ooooooo, the possibility of a presidential candidate having had an affair????

Would be interesting if this was 1985, but most Americans’ mental training wheels have come off since then, with the exception of many Democrats, so……so what?

Mike

November 28th, 2011
4:44 pm

Sad that Galloway is spouting any story to get a reader, then copying a sensationlist “journalist” and promoting his TV spot.

SoWhat

November 28th, 2011
4:44 pm

I agree, Doug.

midtownATL

November 28th, 2011
4:44 pm

lmao @ Honky Talkin’s comment.. perfect ;)

Basketball coach

November 28th, 2011
4:45 pm

Well at least it was a grown-up adult woman.

Pete

November 28th, 2011
4:46 pm

If you vote for Obama after this mess either you are black, or an idiot.

Pete

November 28th, 2011
4:46 pm

This Galloway guy looks a lot like Bernie Fine. Just saying

SoWhat

November 28th, 2011
4:46 pm

Enter your comments here

Henriette

November 28th, 2011
4:48 pm

At least, unlike some candidates, he doesn’t change his position. Missionary.

Mikek

November 28th, 2011
4:48 pm

This is a TV station that puts News on that is slanderess gossip, and no facts !! This is our TV, news today!!! If the can’t show it in Black & White, then this station is nothing better that a gossip magazine! This is why I don’t watch this station

Jeff is online

November 28th, 2011
4:48 pm

Its always sex harrasement with the black conservative men. At least it was messin’ around when it came to Jesse Jackson.

Rob

November 28th, 2011
4:48 pm

Interesting — pimping out a rival network’s news story. I wonder why that is?

Concerned

November 28th, 2011
4:48 pm

And The Machine Beats on, It does matter…New Pres in 2012

curious

November 28th, 2011
4:49 pm

Confronted with allegation, Cain’s response was:” Nein, nein, nein.”

red herring

November 28th, 2011
4:49 pm

look folks—after some of the mess with bill clinton –not to mention barney frank and his love life—this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone –nor is it a disqualifying factor. another famous president lover-boy was JFK…. democrats over the next year will seek to attack republicans on these type issues as they certainly have no record to run on— actually they will be running away from their records –particularly on budgets and deficits.

Fred

November 28th, 2011
4:49 pm

Holy Bat Poop. I t MUST be true, it’s on a FOX station, you know the ones owned by Mr. Fair and Balanced, the NON “main stream media lol?

Just damn. Who cares anyway. Cain is a ding bat with zero chance of winning anyway. Why destroy his wife like this?

Concerned

November 28th, 2011
4:49 pm

And The Machine Beats on, It doesnt matter…New Pres in 2012

Mo

November 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

Just glad to see Cain was successful with one his passes being accepted and not rejected as sexual harrassment. I was starting to feel sorry for the guy.

Aldo Raine

November 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

Didn’t the woman “CLAIM” Justin Bieber was the father of her baby………

Rod

November 28th, 2011
4:51 pm

So is it another blonde white woman?

If so, that certainly won’t please the Republican base.

This Just In

November 28th, 2011
4:53 pm

Fox News is being accused of ‘Journalism’….nasty stuff, indeed.

He's still the best candidate

November 28th, 2011
4:54 pm

As flawed as any of them may be every single one still beats Obama

midtownATL

November 28th, 2011
4:55 pm

red herring… Barney Frank??? how does this compare to Bill Clinton, JFK or Cain?

Z

November 28th, 2011
4:56 pm

Once a philanderer always a philanderer. These types of men just can’t seem to help themselves and their wives just turn their heads, poor things.

Lefto Guru

November 28th, 2011
4:56 pm

I don’t care about his private life or past. I care about the fact that he has no business running for President. I love it when the right doubles down on this joke of a candidate.

Power to the people! There is way more of us than you baggers….just wait and see!

BWAHAHAHWAHAWAHAWAHAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well at least he's not Mitt Romney

November 28th, 2011
4:58 pm

I mean, that would be really bad.

Emma

November 28th, 2011
4:58 pm

@Pete…I voted for Obama and I’m not black or an idiot. Do some research it really wasn’t black folk that put him in office…they helped of course but when you pull statistics you will see that it was others and a lot of the other parthy crossing lines. Blacks only make up about 13% of the population…IJS

The Goobernator

November 28th, 2011
4:58 pm

The the popcorn ready, this is gonna be good!

Shane Barber

November 28th, 2011
4:58 pm

He announced in January.. Nothing in June and July or August.. He goes to the top of polls, and someone in this country is SCARED of him !! Why would these ladies not come forth in January? or June/July/August..? Why would she not come out last month. Its like the first two did not derail his campaign so now the DEMS have to try something new…..

DannyX

November 28th, 2011
4:59 pm

“look folks—after some of the mess with bill clinton –not to mention barney frank and his love life—this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone –nor is it a disqualifying factor.”

Lol! Republicans are the “family values” party! Lol! The stone throwers!

Except when its them,

UPDATED QUOTE: I see a lot of parallels between King David, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain, three extraordinary men gifted by God, whose lives include very high highs and very low lows.

Herman Cain is a minister!

What family values?????