I must say, I am shocked; I figured that they would keep it to silly posts mocking Herman Cain or Tut-Tutting him. But no, the Trent Lott syndrome subset of the Republican Party, that Lilly white Republican establishment is feeling threatened. So, now they are dredging up his past.
Via the Politico:
During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.
The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.
In a series of comments over the past 10 days, Cain and his campaign repeatedly declined to respond directly about whether he ever faced allegations of sexual harassment at the restaurant association. They have also declined to address questions about specific reporting confirming that there were financial settlements in two cases in which women leveled complaints.
POLITICO has confirmed the identities of the two female restaurant association employees who complained about Cain but, for privacy concerns, is not publishing their names.
The article, in itself, is yellow journalism at its finest. The entire piece is anonymously sourced, no names are mentioned, and it is entirely based on report from people who would not give their names. That alone ought to bring the article and the media outlet reporting it into question.
Of course, the Cain Campaign is denying the report:
Inside the Beltway media attacks Cain
Fearing the message of Herman Cain who is shaking up the political landscape in Washington, Inside the Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain.
Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain’s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.
Since Washington establishment critics haven’t had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain’s ideas to fix a bad economy and create jobs, they are trying to attack him in any way they can.
Sadly, we’ve seen this movie played out before – a prominent Conservative targeted by liberals simply because they disagree with his politics.
Mr. Cain — and all Americans, deserve better.
Yes, we deserve better; we deserve better than a Trent Lott syndrome controlled Republican Party. Herman Cain is being attacked by operatives within the Republican Party, who do not want to see a black Republican Presidential candidate under no circumstances. Because of this, they are willing do anything to keep him from becoming the nominee, including dredging up false accusations against him.
The neoconservatives much to their credit have fought back since the days of William F. Buckley against this sort of racism; but it seems that the racists in the party are now controlling the show again. Frankly, I am shocked that more people in the Conservative blogosphere are not standing up and calling this for what this really is —- racism. I guess, the Conservatives are either scared to say anything, for fear of angering the establishment or they have personal investments in one of the forerunners, so they will not speak out. However, I will. I have nothing invested in any of the candidates and in fact, I find all of the other candidates lacking. Herman Cain is the only person that really impresses me at all.
I will tell you one thing, if Herman Cain drops out of this race; The Republican Party can forget about my vote in 2012. I will just vote a straight Libertarian Party ticket; I will not vote for a Party that terrorizes black Conservatives who wish to run for public office. This is exactly what this little story is my friends, an act of terrorism by the Republican establishment against a black man to keep him from continuing to run for President of the United States as a Republican Candidate.
Update: Some interesting reading here.
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