More rumors. Politico is reporting Curt Anderson, a political consultant to Cain’s 2004 Senate run, now working for Perry, is accused by Herman Cain of leaking “damaging information.” Cain also is allegedly pointing a finger at former Obama Chief-of-Staff, now Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel with a Perry connection, and then there is Chris Wilson, a Perry Senior Adviser, pollster, and fundraiser. See details below. A third woman accusing Herman Cain of workplace harassment is considering filing a complaint…on something she says happened in the 1990’s. The unnamed woman was sought out (“located and approached”) and has reportedly told the AP she was invited to Cain’s “corporate apartment.” It all happened about the same time as the two complaints we’ve heard about for the last couple of days.
She [the third woman] spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying she feared losing her current job and the possibility of damage to her reputation…
The woman said she did not file a formal complaint against Cain because she began having fewer interactions with him. Later, she learned that a co-worker — one of the two women whose accusations have rocked Cain’s campaign this week — had already done so. She said she would have felt she had to file otherwise.
She said Cain told her that he had confided to colleagues how attractive she was and invited her to his corporate apartment outside work.
In an interview with Forbes, Cain said he suspicioned his former political consultant, Curt Anderson, who now works for Rick Perry. Cain said he and Anderson had a typical confidential campaign conversation, with Cain revealing there had been a sexual harassment charge against him in the 1990’s. The Perry Campaign denied they had anything to do with it. Anderson replied:
“I never heard about this story until I read about it in Politico. I have nothing but good things to say about Herman Cain. I’m not going to bad-mouth Herman Cain to anyone, on or off the record. I think he is a guy of great leadership and integrity.”
The Washington Times quotes an unnamed source said to be “friends with the Cain campaign” that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is suspected of leaking information to Rick Perry:
A friend of the Cain campaign believes a National Restaurant Association (NRA) employee out of the Chicago office leaked the story to the Perry campaign via information and influence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.
Chris Wilson is a Perry Senior Adviser and fundraiser. At the time of whatever happened within Cain’s time at the National Restaurant Association, he [Wilson] witnessed one of the events in the complaints:
Republican pollster Chris Wilson says he personally saw Cain sexually harass a woman at an Arlington, Va., restaurant in the late 1990s. At the time, Wilson was working for the National Restaurant Association, which Cain led.
Wilson, who once served as executive director of the Texas Republican Party, is a Perry supporter and is doing polling for Make America Great Again, the “super PAC” headed by Perry’s former chief of staff. He is also one of three people connected to Perry’s presidential bid with ties to Cain at the trade group…
As for Wilson, he told an Oklahoma radio station that he personally witnessed an episode of sexual harassment of a woman at a Virginia restaurant in the 1990s and said “everybody was aware” of the issue. He declined to elaborate on the alleged episode.
“If she comes out and talks about it, like I said, it’ll probably be the end of his campaign,” Wilson said.
“It was very uncomfortable,” Wilson said, recalling that others present asked Cain to stop.
I don’t know the truth of any of this, but it is odd that everyone involved, except the women, are now allied with Rick Perry. The Other McCain has headlines you may have missed, including a blogger who says this is merely opposition reporting and if the leaker is a Republican, it shouldn’t be a problem.
It’s good to remember there is no sign of a Zippergate, Tailgate, Touchgate, Grabgate, Fondlegate or Pinchgate. What there is, I don’t know, but at least there isn’t that. Read more about Herman Cain’s character at BatesLine.