Monday, November 28, 2011

Herman Cain's woes continue with a new claim of indiscretion

A Georgia woman says that she and Herman Cain engaged in a 13-year affair, but the GOP presidential candidate issued a preemptive denial on Monday.

In an interview with the local Fox affiliate in Atlanta, Ginger White said she met Cain in the 1990s and he invited her to meet him in Palm Springs. From there, she said, the affair took off and he flew her to places where he gave speeches and lavished her with gifts.

“He made it very intriguing,” White said. “It was fun. It was something that took me away from my humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.

“It wasn't complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”

To substantiate her claims, White showed the Atlanta reporter phone records documenting 61 calls from a number that the reporter later traced to Cain. The calls were being made as late as September 2011; Cain, who has acknowledged a relationship with White but not an inappropriate one, responded to a text message to the phone number, but told the reporter he was helping her financially.
Read the rest here.

The wingnuts in the radical right are predictably dismissing this as a vast left wing  conspiracy.  However, I am dubious about the ability to get this many women to all lie about a man's character if there were not some truth in the allegations.  That said, if I were in Cain's shoes, and innocent as he claims, I would say that the time has come to end this nonsense once and for all.  Invite Ms. White to meet him at an independent attorney's office and have them both take a polygraph test.

Are lie detector's infallible?  No.  But most law enforcement agencies routinely use them in all manner of investigations.  Which is to say that while not perfect, they are highly reliable.


Ingemar said...

I don't see how a man's sexual indiscretions can hurt his chances at the White House, given that this is a post-Clintonian America.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

He is running as a Republican, ergo to win the White House he must first win the GOP nomination. The GOP is most decidedly not "post-Clinton," being heavily composed of tea party social conservatives.