Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has been slammed with sexual harassment charges for the past two months. Despite the allegations of these women, Cain’s popularity has remained steady in the GOP presidential field.
This comes as no surprise since sex scandals and politics seem to go hand in hand; involving many political figures such as former President Bill Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer to Sen. John Edwards and former Speaker of House Newt Gingrich, sex scandals have rocked the field of politics for some time now.
I believe that Cain’s presidential bid will remain strong and that he will come out of this as a winner.
Five women have now come forth about Cain sexually harassing them. Sharon Bialek, one of the accusers, shared her stories with the press, but it is hard to believe her. She has no proof. She has no written statement, and during her press conference, she had to read from a script to recall what she claimed happened to her. I am not a great speaker and my memory is not the best, but I would not need a piece of paper to recall any situation in my life that I consider dramatic or life-changing.
Cain also pointed out that Bialek has had financial problems, including personal bankruptcy.
Cain only personally acknowledged the first two women who accused him of sexual harassment. He confirmed that there was a settlement but still claimed his innocence.
What bothers me is that if Cain really harassed them and they want the world to know, they should have personally came out to the public—showed their faces and released the written statements. I treat anonymous sources and so-called evidence that is not released as if it does not exist at all.
The Cain campaign has fought back by pointing out that Karen Kraushaar, one of his accusers, works for Obama as communications director at the Inspector General’s Office of the Treasury Department.
Cain’s wife spoke out regarding the situation.
“I know the type of person he is,” she said. “He totally respects women. I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said.”
Sexual harassment is no joke and should be taken seriously, but sometimes we must call out things that are ridiculous. If two of the women took money for the situation, it should be over with them; they made the decision to take the money and keep quiet. Also, this supposedly happened 20 years ago, and I’m not saying that it’s ok because it happened a while ago. I’m just saying that it happened 20 years ago.
Sexual harassment is scary because any phrase can be taken the wrong way. You can tell a co-worker that they look good, and he or she may take it as a compliment or they may say it was inappropriate.
Cain often points out that it is important to get back on track, and I agree. I believe Cain would rather talk about his 999 plan instead of these sexual harassment allegations.
Luckily for Cain, the Rick Perry brain freeze at the CNBC GOP debate and the Penn State sex scandal has taken the media attention off of him. Cain is old news as the media continues to make fun of Perry and focuses on the Penn State scandal.
Updated at 9:03 p.m. on Nov. 20.