Herman Cain is facing fresh allegations of an affair, after an Atlanta woman alleged a 13-year-long relationship with the Republican presidential candidate. Speaking to Atlanta FOX affiliate WAGA, Ginger White said her relationship with Cain, who has been married for 33 years, ended only a few months ago.
For his part, Cain (who’s becoming well-drilled in the art of issuing denials) offered a preemptive denial to White’s claims, saying she was a woman who he regarded as an “acquaintance,” and whom he had tried to help. Speaking to CNN, the businessman said:
“We will address these [allegations] when they come out. At this point, I just want to give you a heads-up, I don’t have anything to hide.”
His attorney Lin Wood was also in combative mood, telling the FOX affiliate:
“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.”
Of course, while this may have been “private, alleged consensual conduct,” voters traditionally like their politicians to come with a clean record of fidelity. While Cain entered the GOP presidential candidate in promising fashion – he even led the pack for a while – allegations of sexual harassment have hammered his poll numbers.
As it is, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO is happy to categorize Ginger White’s allegations with the numerous other accusations from other women, which he has labelled “baseless.” Indeed, he sees the accusations as a series of attempts to derail a campaign that he expects to end well:
“What this says is that somebody’s awfully afraid that I’m doing too well in this Republican nomination, to continue to dig up these stories to put a cloud and a damper on my campaign.”
What do you make of Cain as GOP candidate, and can he recover from this new round of allegations?