Herman Cain’s candidacy has taken yet another hit. Note that Ginger White has records of cell phone calls and text messages between her and Cain. Maybe those calls and text messages did not involve an affair–Cain claims that he was trying to help White out financially–but their existence doesn’t help demolish this story.
Neither does the following statement from the Cain campaign:
Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. 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.
Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.
That’s a non-denial denial if I ever read one.
Cue the Cainiacs to astroturf the comments section with claims that all of this really helps Cain out, because it increases his name identification, or some other such desperate attempt to spin this most recent fiasco in the best possible light.