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By Joan Firstenberg     Nov 2, 2011 in Politics
Washington - GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain is now facing sexual harassment accusations from a third former employee of National Restaurant Association. This one never filed a formal complaint but has decided to come forward now.
A beleaguered Herman Cain was busy laying blame on his GOP rival Rick Perry's campaign for dredging up the long ago allegations of sexual harassment on the same day that a third woman came forward to say he had propositioned her while he was president of the restaurant group. Also on this very day a former restaurant association employee revealed that he personally saw Cain sexually harass a woman during a company dinner over ten years ago.
The Associated Press reports that the former National Restaurant Association worker claims Cain asked her up to his corporate apartment after work and made unwelcome sexually suggestive comments in the 1990s. The woman said she chose not to file a formal complaint with the company once she learned that another employee had already flagged Cain as a harasser and she though she would be penalized for it.
The New York Daily News reports that Chris Wilson used to work for the National Restaurant Association at the time that Herman Cain was its president. He is now a Republican pollster who has decided to reveal that over a decade ago, he personally observed Cain at a company dinner in Virginia sexually harassing a woman.
Politico reports that Wilson spoke during an Oklahoma radio interview.
"It was very uncomfortable."
Wilson told the interviewer that when the incident occurred, several people asked Cain to stop, but the woman was so flustered that it was she who left the restaurant.
Wilson is working to support Republican rival Rick Perry and runs polls for a "super" political action committee backing Perry's bid for the White House. Cain's people immediately blamed Perry's camp for the swell in harassment complaints.
Cain's chief of staff Mark Block told Fox News,
"It is an outrage.. Rick Perry needs to apologize to Herman Cain and quite frankly to America."
Cain also blames Curt Anderson, a consultant he hired in 2003 for his failed Senate run. Anderson started working for the Perry campaign two weeks ago.
Cain told Forbes he briefed Anderson about the restaurant allegations in case the false claims were used against him.
"I told him that there was only one case...Those charges were baseless, but I thought he needed to know about them. I don't recall anyone else being in the room when I told him."
Both Anderson and Wilson have released statements denying they planted the leaks.
But Cain has continued the accusations. He spoke to a consumer group in Virginia and said,
"There is a force at work here that is much greater than those that would try to destroy me and destroy this campaign. That force is called the voice of the people. That's why we are doing as well as we are."
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