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article imageHerman Cain blames Rick Perry for sexual harassment claims

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 3, 2011 in Politics
Washington - GOP presidential candidate and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, has accused Texas Governor Rick Perry of planting damaging and false information about him in the press.
Herman Cain made this allegation in an interview with Forbes. Cain said the information must have come to Rick Perry from consultant Curt Anderson who joined the Rick Perry campaign only two weeks ago. Cain told Forbes Magazine he had once spoken to Anderson about the allegations while Curt Anderson worked with him in his (Cain's) unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2004. Forbes reports Cain briefed Anderson in 2003 on sexual harassment allegations against him while he was chairman of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.
Later, in an interview with Bret Baier of Fox News, Cain's chief of staff Mark Block said, “The actions of the Perry campaign are despicable...The Perry campaign needs to apologize to Herman Cain and his family.”
In a startling exercise of buck passing, Rick Perry campaign has denied the allegations and passed the blame to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Huffington Post reports communications director of Perry campaign Ray Sullivan, told Jan Crawford of CBS News:
“That is false, patently untrue, no one at this campaign was involved in this story...there are much closer connections between the Restaurant Association, Cain and the Romney camp than there are with us...I wouldn’t put it past them.”
Romney's campaign has also wasted no time in reacting to Sullivan's accusation. Spokeswoman Andrea Saul of Romney campaign said the allegation was false.
Curt Anderson, whom Herman Cain accused of passing the information to Perry campaign, has also denied Cain's accusation. He told Forbes, “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."
Curt Anderson's statement seems to in conflict with Cain's claim that he had told Anderson about the allegations in 2003.
Meanwhile, Herman Cain seems to have gotten caught in a quagmire of accusations of sexual harassment. Cain's spokesman J.D. Gordon has dismissed a third claim of sexual harassment against Herman Cain reported by Associated Press (AP). AP, according to Huffington Post, reports Herman Cain is evidently shaken by the allegations against him:
"Though trying to project an image of campaign business as usual, Cain appeared frazzled at times Wednesday and couldn't escape the questions that have dogged him since a published report Sunday night that at least two women had complained about his behavior while at the restaurant association and had been given financial settlements. The controversy has arisen two months before the lead off Iowa caucuses and as polls show Cain at the head of the GOP field alongside former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney."
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