Sexual Harassment Claims Make Herman Cain's Presidential Campaign a Lost Cause

gloria allred and sharon bialek press conferenceGOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain has admitted that several women who worked at the National Restaurant Association received settlements after they accused him of sexual harrassment. Now, a fourth woman named Sharon Bialek has come forward and is the first of the group to go public. She and her high-profile lawyer, Gloria Allred spoke at a news conference this afternoon, and Bialek described how Cain reached under her skirt and pushed her head toward his crotch when she was seeking job advice.

Bialek urged Cain to "come clean" and admit how he was "inapproporiate" with her and other women, but in response, his camp only issued a terse statement that "All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false." Uh-huh.


Although he's been called the current darling of the Tea Party (which is hilarious, because it seems like it was only yesterday that same title was bestowed upon Rick Perry, and before that, Michele Bachmann, but anyway ...), this turn of events does NOT bode well for Cain as a serious contender for the GOP ticket.

Refusing to answer any questions about the sexual harrassment allegations, Cain went on a tirade:

You see what I mean? I was gonna do something that my staff told me not to do and try to respond, okay? What I'm saying is this -- we are getting back on message, end of story. Back on message. Read all of the other accounts. Read all of the other accounts where everything has been answered in the story. We're getting back on message, okay?

Whoa, nelly! Defensive much? Maybe it's just me, but this whole thing doesn't reflect very well on the kind of leader Cain would be. Not only do we not want a President who loses his cool so easily, but do we really want someone in the White House with such an obvious pattern of sexual harrassment? What does that say about how he feels about women?

Seems to me a famous Susan B. Anthony quote should really apply here: "No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex." In fact, that's an understatement in this case. How about no self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a candidate who harrasses and blatantly disrespects her sex? Let's not forget: We women make up 51 percent of the American population. Turn us off, and you're not getting into that Oval Office. If three women's claims didn't convince you, this fourth and Gloria Allred will. Cain's track record is clear, and it should serve as the last straw. He should no longer stand a chance in hell in his bid for the presidency. 

Does this fourth woman coming forward change your opinion of Herman Cain? Would you ever vote for someone who sexually harrassed his female colleagues?



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