Cain Campaign? Shame Campaign
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written by Josh:
Uh oh. If your name is Herman Cain and you’re running for the presidential, things are not looking so peachy for you.
Two weeks ago we heard rumblings in the political world that Herman Cain had (some twelve years earlier) been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace. The news agencies jumped on it, with everyone from Anderson Cooper to Don Lemon commenting and debating with fellow news analysts.
We first heard that the fairly new news organization Politico had gotten word that Cain had sexually harassed (or acted in a way that the National Restaurant Association considered sexual harassment) a fellow coworker.
Then we heard that, in fact, Cain had sexually harassed three coworkers.
And then we heard that yet another woman had come forward. Total now: four.
The news organizations called such claims important but baseless. On the table were faceless claims that Cain had sexually harassed four female coworkers, in turn, three of such cases were settled out of court with cash settlements. While there were such claims and an attorney to say that they were in fact real, there were no faces to assign each case. None of the women had come forward with either a face or a statement.
I was watching CNN when the news broke. The fourth woman, Sharon Bialek of Chicago, alongside her attorney, Gloria Allred pulled back the drapery of doubt at a news conference this morning at which every news agency from ABC to TMZ was present.
She alleged that in 1997, while meeting with Cain near Washington D.C. to discuss possible job opportunities in the NRA (which she also says she was fired from), the now-presidential candidate attempted to initiate an act of sexual intercourse.
Bialek alleges that Cain reached up her skirt toward her genitals and attempted to push her head down toward his crotch.
“I said, ‘What are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend.” Bialek says, to which she reports Cain replied, “You want a job, right?”
That’s certainly some way to get a job.
Not only do the claims now have a face (not to mention three other empty picture frames), they also could hypothetically be increased to the level of sexual assault. While Cain did not successfully initiate sexual activity, he did attempt to force her to engage in the act. Many are now questioning whether that could in fact be considered attempted rape.
The Cain campaign has already driven along quite a bumpy road. Herman Cain was already the oddball in the race for the presidency. He wasn’t a politician, an aspect that he capitalized on. He was the people’s man. Soon after the allegations broke through Politico, we then saw a different side of Cain come out. Whenever a reporter attempted to ask a question in regard to the allegations against him, Cain would not only avoid answering but blatantly refuse to.
In one such situation, before a reporter had even completed a question, Cain cut him off saying, “Don’t even go there.” Then, Cain called to his chief of staff and asked that the reporter be given a copy of the campaign’s journalistic code of ethics.
Some have called his behavior “testy”, citing another scene in which Cain interrupts more reporters, saying, “Let me say one thing. I’m here with these doctors and that’s all I’m going to talk about today. So don’t even bother asking me all these other questions that you all are curious about. Don’t even bother.”
After which a reporter presses forward, asking if he’s concerned about the women involved in the allegations.
Cain begins to lose his temper, turning around asking, “What did I say? Excuse me! Excuse me! What part of ‘no’ don’t these people understand?”
The segment of the press conference during which there was to be a short question and answer session with Cain was apparently cancelled. One of Cain’s advisors was then followed by reporters into the waiting black sedan at the curb. When pressed as to why the press conference and the question and answer session had not taken place, the advisor avoided answering, instead taking his seat in the waiting Cadillac and driving off.
Herman Cain wants to be seen as the people’s man. He wants to rise to the honor of being the next President of the United States. However, in attempting to do so, he’s become involved in a scandal in which he initially could not remember, then slowly began to recall.
That’s only one red flag. Far be it from me to criticize the clarity of Cain’s memories but if he in fact could not recall the allegations of sexual harassment and the settlements his employer (the National Restaurant Association) was forced to pay to the women involved, what one would think to be quite a significant event in his life, I question his ability to be an effective president.
It goes beyond that. While it’s normal for candidates to shy away from answering questions put to them by reporters, Cain’s demonstrated behavior (which some call “testy”) and the lack of preparation his campaign has shown in responding to the reporters and journalists brings one to question what kind of administration he’ll lead if elected as president.
I’ll leave it to you, the reader, to judge for yourself what kind of man Herman Cain is. I’ll leave it to you to judge the situation. I’ll leave it to you to judge the statement made by Ms. Bialek and Ms. Bailek herself. I’ll leave it to you, the reader, to take part in the election of our next president.