Three more allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior or language by Herman Cain emerged today.
One of them, though, is sure to be suspect if it is not confirmed. It was lodged by someone who worked at the National Restaurant Association but who now does work for Rick Perry.
From a report by Politico:
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that a third woman experienced behavior by Cain that made her uncomfortable and considered filing a complaint but ultimately did not.
That report, coupled with the revelation from veteran Republican pollster and former National Restaurant Association employee Chris Wilson that Cain sexually harassed a woman at an Arlington, Va., restaurant in the late 1990s, quickly overcame Cain’s efforts to keep the day limited to discussions of health care policy.
Wilson, now the principal of an Oklahoma-based GOP consulting firm, told Oklahoma City’s KTOK radio station that the episode took place in the neighborhood where Cain kept an apartment when he headed the restaurant trade group. Wilson declined to say specifically what Cain said or did to the woman, but said that the CEO’s actions made other individuals at the table uneasy.
“It was very uncomfortable,” the pollster told POLITICO, recalling that other individuals present asked Cain to stop.
Wilson is a Rick Perry supporter and does polling for a super PAC that supports the Texas governor’s presidential bid.
Steve Deace, an influential conservative talk radio host who hosts a nationally syndicated show in Des Moines, Iowa, also accused Cain of saying “awkward” and “inappropriate” things to his staff.
The Cain campaign responded forcefully, accusing the Perry campaign of orchestrating the allegations. In an interview with Forbes, Cain accused another Perry supporter, Curt Anderson, of leaking the damaging revelations of the original accusations. Anderson, a consultant on Cain’s losing 2004 Senate bid, swiftly denied that charge.
“I’d never heard any of these allegations until I read them in POLITICO, nor does anything I read in the press change my opinion that Herman is an upstanding man and a gentleman,” Anderson told POLITICO.