Cain Camp Considering Legal Action Against Politico as More Details Are Released …Update: They May Want to Add the NYT to the Suit

We’re considering legal action.

The Cain Campaign is considering taking legal action against the Politico for its story on past sexual harassment claims against the popular conservative candidate. Also today —
The Washington Post reported:

A Herman Cain aide said Thursday that the Cain campaign is considering its legal options over the original Politico story, which revealed that the former head of the National Restaurant Association was accused of sexually harassing at least two women during his tenure in the 1990s.

“This is likely not over with Politico from a legal perspective,” a campaign official told the Post, stopping short of explaining what exactly he meant by taking legal action against the publication.

The Cain campaign has had an attorney advising it since Saturday on crisis management, which hasn’t gone particularly well for Cain since the story broke Sunday night.

On Thursday night, Politico reported more details of the allegations against Cain, saying that the former NRA head made a “sexual overture to [one of the women] at one of the group’s events.”

Politico cited “multiple sources independently familiar with the matter” and said the woman in question was “livid” and reported the incident that night to an NRA board member. She left the trade group soon afterwards, the publication reported, Meanwhile, Cain’s camp continued to hit back strongly at the allegations as it headed into the sixth day of the crisis, which threatens his upstart Republican presidential candidacy.

It also pointed, at least partly, to the Perry campaign as a source of the leak. While Cain’s chief of staff Mark Block suggested in a Fox interview Thursday that he no longer blames a Perry staffer for the leak, Cain insists that Anderson is still to blame.

Related… Ace has an excellent post on used cars and Herman Cain.

UPDATE: The Cain Campaign may want to add The New York Times to the suit.

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  • SnowSoul

    Stupid is as stupid does. He doesn’t dispute the fact that charges were brought, he refuses to allow the details of it all to come forward. Can we attack the messenger and try to distract from the facts(much like Obama)? Yes We Cain!

  • bg


    albeit reminds me of something GP would be
    proud to boast, lets see how quick it gets a
    post.. :-)

    November 3, 2011

    Pro-Herman Cain Group Releases New Ad


  • bg


    SnowSoul #1 November 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm


  • SnowSoul

    So, correct me if I’m wrong, but then he lied to Anderson, who has no reason to leak this considering he’s been a confidant to so many people and would not want to hurt his name and has said that Politico can tell if he was the source, about this and that lady lied about this, along with a few other people? Makes perfect sense.

  • Patty

    November 3, 2011
    National Restaurant Association chairman during Cain’s tenure: ‘It’s a hatchet job’

  • K~Bob

    We need to remember that in a courtroom, the defense is always given everything the prosecution knows about the case.

    So far Politico has only run the innuendo and smear, and no one has given Cain any idea what information they have, while Cain is forced to rely on personal memory of an event from many years ago, that he recused himself from so other people could handle the legal aspects and the inquiry, and which resulted in a sealed agreement that he hasn’t seen.

  • Patty

    And furthermore, Cain has explained himself. There was no settlement but severance pay.

    No lawsuits filed. Cain has explained it more than enough for me but so news week, whatever.

    Conference tomorrow, why, because he could stop this, this has gone on too, long. And the lawyer and woman who is looking for whatever, maybe pay backs from Obama team, are two of the slickest people. They are making this a week long or possibly, hoping for the second black president to bow out.

    Whatever, this is like the NRA said, hatchet job. And if we ever got the real truth, I would bet Obama’s thugs are involved.

  • Dave-O

    #6 K- Bob – you are spot on.

    A fundamental right of American justice is the ability to confront your accusers. If all Politico can do is to smear Cain from “anonymous” sources – they might as well simply put on the white robes and pillow cases and be done with it. They are lynching a black man based on rumors, smears, and innuendo. If there is truth to what they are saying, let the truth come out and have people stand behind their charges – if not, they should just STHU.

  • SnowSoul

    What y’all are saying may well be true. Wanna know one of the problems? There’s that document that says no one can speak about it. There’s Mark Block who says they won’t allow it to be spoken of. Two women get a year’s severance and no one speaks of it. We get people saying about the worst, a radio host saying Cain spoke inappropriately to his female hosts and we have Cain who won’t let the details of it all be released?

    Remind me: why does Cain deserve the benefit of the doubt when he’s doing everything in his power to hide it?

  • Patty


    But slow news week, they need to stomp on the man, who is guilty of nothing. Why because the media has no one else to stomp in the dirt. There’s always Obama but that will never happen.

  • Tricia

    Cain doesn’t know when to quit. He’s keeping it & worry alive.

    Now the Cain camp said they might sue Politico. For what? Cain himself confirmed the story as true.

    Also, I believe the whole story should come out now. I believe Cain will not win, he will only split the conservative vote and give us Romney. Also, I do not want to sit through these primaries waiting for that shoe to drop, wondering, wondering if it will. What if it comes out after a few primaries where another could have won them?

    But what if Cain does win the GOP nomination? I worry if it doesn’t come out now and Cain wins, this will come back in the General. I’d rather have it now in the friendly fire path of supporters of Republicans than in the bombing of the General with Obama, Independents and Democrats.

    One of the women whose apt the interviewer went to, was full of Obama love. Said Obama pictures and memorabilia everywhere and confirmed she was a Democrat.

    And isn’t it quite the coincidence that Mr. Cain made sure he stressed that when he told Anderson, they were in a room alone together, just those two and no one else? How convenient…can’t be proved he told him and can’t be disproved.

  • Patty

    NRA Statement:

    Fassler’s memories of Cain, he said, were all positive. He called the GOP front-runner a smart businessman, and said that even 15 years ago, the Georgia pizza mogul had a grasp of government policy and routine that was stronger than most of his peers.

    “Herman, during those days, did a very good job of getting our message heard on the Hill,” Fassler said.

    “He’s a very expressive communicator, very affable. People enjoy listening to his speeches. He’s very entertaining, and in my mind a very factual-oriented person.”

    Read more:

  • Patty

    if he sues them, then the women could testify at the new hearing to prove it isn’t libel.
    politico would have the right as a defendant to call them as witnesses and compel them to reveal the truth.

  • American Woman

    Too many people on the board are playing into Progressive hands. Politico brokr this story, so do not doubt that the Progs and the RINOs have both added fuel to the fire.

    Some of you also need to get a grip. This incident happened in the 1990s and from what has been said did not involve actual sexual relations. I think Cain deserves better than you people are giving him. Shame on you. They are doing to Cain what they did to Palin. Shame, shame, shame on you.

  • Patty
  • Patty

    Here is the Title of this article:
    Hey, Herman, The Sausage Goes on The Pizza!

    Cain is treated like he’s expected to be an expert in responding to accusations. Do you know why I believe Cain? Because he’s obviously not refined in responding to this, which means he hasn’t been going over an alibi since the so called indiscretion. My buddy Bill Whittle would point to Bill Clinton who knew how to handle this because he had been rehearsing how to deal with what he was guilty of.

    Because of things like this, Bill Clinton was seen as the 1st black president. Hey Herman! This could turn out to be a positive for you! You might be seen as authentically black now!

    Herman Cain is now getting thrown under the bus like Sarah Palin. People don’t want to be seen as someone who could vote for a person who lacks the intellectual caliber, and the snooty, elitist establishment, refinement that they expect in a president. Jesus seemed to lack that criteria too. Look what happened to Him.

    People’s egos are so bloated with a fragile membrane that they either display grotesque denial to stand by the guilty and lie and refuse to admit they’re wrong, or at the first sign of disapproval of someone they know they leave ‘em to the wolves, or they shoot the wounded out right.

    Sarah Palin is all too familiar with this syndrome. I saw this coming for Herman Cain. I still like Sarah Palin and proudly say that she’s a woman who reflects a lot of my principles. I say the same for Herman Cain. I marvel at lot of y’all who claim you’re not influenced by the media, yet you’re hopin’ like pop corn to the very tune that the media is playing, and ready to hold a man guilty until proven guilty.

    Posted earlier on another thread and I do believe this is a witch hunt and those who are doing this have and axe to grind with the TEA PARTY. And if I were the TEA PARTY, I would do the same thing that happen in the elections of ’10, blow it away with Cain. Truly, those who are spinning this have no idea what matters to Americans. And all their talk about what Cain should or shouldn’t to is coming from POLITICS called Washington style. And Cain is not a Washington Puppet.

  • Patty

    #2 November 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm
    bg commented:


    albeit reminds me of something GP would be
    proud to boast, lets see how quick it gets a
    post.. :-)

    November 3, 2011

    Pro-Herman Cain Group Releases New Ad

    Thank you, tip hat! And racism is over? We won’t let the left do this again. They say they like blacks but deep down, maybe, but conservative ones, NO WAY! Shameful

  • Ginger

    Let me ask this racist question! Would by chance the lady or ladies be Black?

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    I think Cain deserves better than you people are giving him. Shame on you. They are doing to Cain what they did to Palin. Shame, shame, shame on you.

    This is why, unlike others, I’m pretty much letting this whole thing play out.

    The facts will come out soon enough.

  • progressoverpeace

    Cain should just give Politico the finger.