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