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Special Report -- 11/1/11
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
[This is a special follow-up report on the allegations against Herman Cain. Our regular "End of Day" will arrive later this afternoon.]
The "High-Tech Lynching" Of Herman Cain
Back in May, Herman Cain told Byron York, "I'm ready for the same high-tech lynching that [Clarence Thomas] went through -- for the good of this country." That day has come. Just like Clarence Thomas, the media have dredged up unproven, decades-old allegations of sexual harassment in a desperate attempt to derail his campaign.
It was amazing to see how quickly Big Media made this the most important issue confronting the country. CBS led its evening news broadcast with a story about Cain. The front page of today's New York Times features a rehash of the Politico report. Unbelievably, the Times dedicated seven reporters to the story!
Contrast how the media handles allegations against a conservative versus real infidelity by a liberal. Big Media looked the other way and did its best to ignore the John Edwards cheating scandal. In fact, it was left to a tabloid to expose the truth!
To keep the Cain story going today, some media outlets are focusing on inconsistencies in Cain's statements. Yesterday morning Cain said he had no knowledge of any settlements. Later, speaking with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, Cain described a conversation with his general counsel at the National Restaurant Association about a settlement. Cain said:
"My general counsel said this started out where she and her lawyer were demanding a huge financial settlement… I don't remember a number… But then he said because there was no basis for this, we ended up settling for what would have been a termination settlement. Maybe three months salary. I don't remember. It might have been two months. I do remember my general counsel saying we didn't pay all of the money they demanded."
But on the most important issue Cain continues to categorically deny harassing anyone. Now former colleagues are stepping up to defend him.
Sibby Wolfson, Cain's executive assistant for seven years, told The Weekly Standard, "It's just not Herman." Asked if she had ever seen Cain exhibit any inappropriate behavior, Wolfson said, "Nothing. Absolutely nothing. In fact, I think Herman was careful to act in the opposite way."
Matt Carrothers, who worked for Cain for three and a half years, said, "Never once have I ever seen anything but professional behavior. I find [the allegations] extremely hard to believe. This is a man of incredible character. He has nothing but respect for women."
What Do You Think?
When I polled readers of this daily report several weeks ago, Herman Cain was the clear favorite. The Des Moines Register, which recently found Cain narrowly leading among likely Iowa caucus goers, called back more than 20 Cain supporters and found none were wavering so far.
What about you? If you are a Cain supporter, does this story worry you? Do you think it is a smear? Do Cain's varying responses regarding his knowledge of settlements give you second thoughts? And if things get worse for Cain, who is your second choice? Please use this link to respond.