Herman Cain Admits Knowing Latest Accuser, Denies Consensual Affair

Unlike accuser #4, Herman Cain admits to knowing his latest accuser, Ginger White, who went on TV today to detail their 13 year consensual affair.

She says during the next 13 years, he would fly her to cities where he was speaking and he lavished her with gifts. She says they often stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead and dined at The Four Seasons restaurant. She says he never harassed her, never treated her poorly, and was the same man you see on the campaign trail.

Cain admits knowing Ms. White for 13 years but denies having an affair with her. He says he's just been trying to help her financially. [More...]

Mediaite has the video of the interview. Most interesting part:

Perhaps the most interesting moment came when Ms. White showed her cell phone to the reporter, demonstrating that she had received some recent phone calls from Mr. Cain. When the reporter texted the number assigned to Cain, he claims to have spoken to the presidential candidate himself.

Mediaite also says Ms. White has a history of false accusations.

Update: Did Cain's attorney, Lin Wood, just admit the affair?

"This appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life," Wood said.
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    One Big Question (none / 0) (#1)
    by Repack Rider on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 06:46:01 PM EST
    How did this clown ever get a job with anyone in the first place, let alone an executive position?

    He has not demonstrated any ability in any subject since the first minute the GOP thrust him into the public's eye, and as far as I can tell, his personal history is devoid of accomplishment.  

    Someone, somewhere, once saw something in him.  What on earth could it have been?

    His career looks like ... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Robot Porter on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 07:07:41 PM EST
    a classic example of failing upwards.  Failing upwards.  Godfather's Pizza.  Federal Reserve system.  National Restaurant Association.  Presidential Candidate.

    But, unless it includes criminal activity, I have absolutely no interest in his private life.  


    except, of course, that it wasn't a (none / 0) (#10)
    by cpinva on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 01:36:14 AM EST
    "consensual affair, between adults" at all, since i get the distinct impression mrs. cain knew nothing about it, and certainly never consented to it. being a party at interest, her position on the issue is certainly relevant.

    were this just some "joe everyman", ceo or not, i too would have no interest. he isn't. he's put himself on the chopping block, running for high political office. in the process, he has publicly proclaimed himself to be a good christian, a devoted family man (though, admittedly, he never specified which family), a man of honor and integrity. he has castigated others, especially the probable democratic nominee, as either being less of, or none of these things. as it turns out, he is none of them. he is a rank hypocrite. not surprising in a politician, but that he's unable to keep it even mildly under wraps is disturbing.

    if character matters, in our elected public officials, then his is fair game. his would appear to be of a very low nature, and that is indeed relevant.


    Don't buy that ... (none / 0) (#11)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 03:36:05 AM EST
    argument.  Unless a crime was committed in connection with such an event, I have zero interest.  And, frankly, I don't think it's any of my business.

    I've never noticed a correlation between marital fidelity and political ability. Many great politicians couldn't stay faithful to their spouses.  And many terrible ones could.  And vice versa.

    And, as far as Cain is concerned, even without these stories, he was never going to win the nomination anyway.  He had a brief blip of popularity.  Then he got asked some hard questions on policy.  Couldn't manage credible answers.  End of.


    This candidacy is roadkill (none / 0) (#2)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 07:06:18 PM EST

    Well, don't worry, Mr Natural (none / 0) (#4)
    by Zorba on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 07:15:51 PM EST
    He's not getting the Republican nomination.  It might well be Newt Gingrich, instead.  {{shudder}}  What a bunch of Republican losers they have to offer!  

    I would hope so (none / 0) (#7)
    by Zorba on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 08:37:49 PM EST
    But just think what would happen if the voters got totally stupid and Newt was elected?  Actually, I think that any of the current Republican crop would be disastrous.  Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.  Bush 2000?  And yes, I realize that he had considerable help from corrupt Florida electoral politics and the Supreme Court.  Given that- Bush 2004?  Nixon 1972?

    Usually it is the Dems snatching defeat (none / 0) (#13)
    by ruffian on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 07:22:17 AM EST
    from the jaws of victory. All the GOP had to do to win was field a team of potential nominees on the positive side of the sanity spectrum, and they could not bring themselves to do it. Their primary campaigns alone are helping Obama.  Gingrich would be a golden gift wrapped in a bow.

    Unfortunately for that theory (none / 0) (#15)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 05:01:47 PM EST
    Being a Republican these days does not suggest sanity or intelligence.

    These people do not accept evolution.  If that eludes them, intelligence is a long way off.


    It is rather a nice twist (none / 0) (#16)
    by Zorba on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 05:58:56 PM EST
    in so very many ways to see the Republicans engaged in the "circular firing squad" for a change, as opposed to the Democrats.  Let us enjoy a bit of schadenfreude.  

    The non-campaign is over (none / 0) (#12)
    by ruffian on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 07:15:53 AM EST
    But I'm sure the book tour continues.

    If it was consensual... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Romberry on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 08:19:13 PM EST
    ...then it's irrelevant. I don't give a damn about consensual affairs, relationships or whatever we are calling these dalliances these days. After all, I and untold numbers of other liberals (and Democrats) spent the better part of two years defending Bill Clinton on the grounds that private consensual relationships between adults were not really relevant to governing.

    Earlier accusations against Mr. Cain were centered around behavior that was tantamount to sexual harassment. That may well be relevant. This isn't that.

    Concur, but (none / 0) (#8)
    by Repack Rider on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 08:44:24 PM EST
    ...the publicity is coming from the woman involved, and in light of the settlements paid out it becomes more relevant.

    No way the press will ignore this woman's story, but Cain was toast already.  His Palin-like inability to identify a thought that he might have or a fact that he ever recalled had was more of a setback than his dismal history with women-not-his-wife.

    Mr. Obama's photogenic, solid and loving family is going to be contrasted with that of whomever the GOP decides to sacrifice next year.


    Et tu, Lin? (none / 0) (#9)
    by MKS on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 09:49:03 PM EST
    What an oops......

    Or, maybe Lin knows Cain is lying and wants no part of it.   But still.....  

    Cain is now reassessing his run! (none / 0) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 10:59:42 AM EST
    Could any Democrat candidate have stayed in the race this long without "reassessing"?