Cain warns of impending accusations from new woman
Herman Cain was scheduled to appear on CNN’s “The Situation Room” this afternoon to talk about his “9-9-9″ tax plan and his new, six-minute animated video, “9-9-9: The Movie,” which advocates for his alternative to the “dorky mechanical monster” that he says symbolizes the federal tax code.
But the conversation quickly detoured when Cain told CNN that a woman, later identified as Ginger White, would soon go public with claims that she had a thirteen-year affair with Cain.
“This particular individual…is gonna accuse me of an affair for an extended period of time,” Cain told Blitzer. “I don’t want to specify, because I don’t know what’s in the story.”
“I just wanted to give you a heads up, and your audience a heads up. Here we go again,” he said.
Cain admitted to knowing White but denied an affair, and told Blitzer he wasn’t sure if the latest accusations would lead him to abandon his bid for the White House. “I would make that decision depending on the circumstances and how it is impacting my wife and my family,” he said.
In a preview of her interview with Atlanta’s FOX 5 this evening, Ginger White tells reporter Dale Russell, “It was pretty simple. It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware that I was involved in a very inappropriate situation — relationship.”
Cain’s lawyer released a statement arguing that since the allegations were about “private, alleged consensual conduct between adults” — and not sexual harassment — Cain would decline to comment on principle:
“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.”
Here’s a preview of White’s FOX 5 interview, via bizbuzz2000:
Here is Cain’s new animated video, “9-9-9 The Movie”: