Following up her debut on local Atlanta television, Ginger White went national today with an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” — where she declared herself disappointed that Herman Cain, with whom White says she had a 13-year affair, is calling her “troubled.”
From the Associated Press summary:
She told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that her relationship with Cain was “a very casual affair. Am I proud to admit that? No, I am not.”
White also said she took several trips with Cain, including a flight to Las Vegas to see a Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield boxing match.
She also said that she had “consistently” received gifts and money from Cain over the past two and a half years, but added that this was “not sex for cash.”
The alleged relationship with Ginger White cost Herman Cain a key supporter in New Hampshire on Tuesday. From the Associated Press:
New Hampshire state Rep. William Panek endorsed Cain at a news conference earlier this year. But he changed his mind Tuesday after seeing reports that Ginger White, the woman accusing Cain of the affair, showed evidence that she had traded 61 text messages and cellphone calls with the candidate. Panek has endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the upcoming primary.
“I felt like we were being lied to,” he said. “I’m putting my name in New Hampshire as a state rep behind him and I just didn’t like the way it was being played out.”
While we wait for Herman Cain to reassess his presidential chances, others can’t afford to.
Late Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney turned his focus on Newt Gingrich, his newest rival for the nomination, in an interview with Fox News:
Romney was first asked about the decision by the New Hampshire Union Leader to endorse Gingrich. Said the former Massachusetts governor:
”Speaker Gingrich is a good man. He and I have very different backgrounds. He spent his last 30 or 40 years in Washington. I spent my career in the private sector. I think that’s what the country needs right now.”
Romney also addressed Internet video pushed out by the Democratic National Committee – a display of his changing positions over the years. Said Romney:
”There is no question but that people are going to take snippets and take things out of context and try and show that there are differences – where, in some cases, there are not. But one place I changed my mind, which is in regards to the government’s role related to abortion. I am pro-life. I did not take that position years ago.”
But in that, Romney said, he was no different than Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush.
Channel 2 Action News has followed Newt Gingrich into South Carolina, an early state where polling now shows him with a substantial lead. Gingrich leveled his attacks on President Barack Obama – but with Herman Cain imploding and Democrats slamming Mitt Romney – there’s little incentive for him to do otherwise:
Meanwhile, Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News picked up on this effort by Newt Gingrich to avoid getting caught between Georgia and South Carolina when it comes to the hot topic of harbor deepening:
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich wants to use revenue from ramped-up offshore gas drilling to deepen Savannah’s and Charleston’s ports….
The former Georgia congressman and U.S. House speaker said both harbors need to be deepened because the Panama Canal is being modified to float giant new vessels.
Up in northeast Georgia, News Talk 810, a Fox radio affiliate, says the special election runoff to fill the state Senate seat left vacant by Jim Butterworth has taken a nasty turn. John Wilkinson, a Republican who faces former state Rep. Rick Austin, R-Demorest, next Tuesday, has been the target of a heavy-handed direct mail piece:
The front of the piece includes pictures of prominent liberals, President Barack Obama and former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes and the warning that the pair are “trying to sneak a Democrat into the Senate”.
The back of the mailer claims Candidate John Wilkinson has:
- Never balanced a budget, never cut taxes, never created one job
- Refused to sign the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge
- Voted for democrats in 4 of the last 7 primaries”
No one is stepping up to claim responsibility for the mailer. Says the radio station:
The budget and job claims are spurious on their face. If nothing else Wilkinson’s campaign for state senate and prior campaign for Agriculture Commissioner required both budgeting and hiring. As for cutting taxes, he’s not held any office that would have placed him in a position to cut or raise taxes.
While it is true that Wilkinson did not sign off on the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge, it is also true that the majority of republican state legislators and the Lieutenant Governor did not sign that pledge either, neither did Wilkinson’s opponent Rick Austin while he was in the State House.
Stan Wise, the long-time member of the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday formally launched his bid for re-election with the unveiling of a new website that touts his support for a measure that allowed Georgia Power to charge ratepayers for some of the early costs associated with the construction of two new nuclear plants:
Fighting back extremists in the environmental lobby, I advanced a funding mechanism that will soon result in the first license issued for a new nuclear reactor in this country in over thirty years, while also saving ratepayers over $300 million in interest. I supported a $200 million overhaul of the backbone of our natural gas infrastructure to make sure our delivery system will meet demand for decades to come.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider