The story comes from back when Cain was President of the National Restaurant Association. A political website says that, during his tenure there. at least two women filed sexual harassment claims against Cain. Cains camp says that this is just political muck-racking on behalf of the liberal press and says the charges were baseless.
According to media reports from CBS news, the charges of political shenanigans came from Cain’s spokesman J.D. Gordon. He reportedly told CBS, and other reporters that the story was “dredging up thinly sourced allegations.” Cain’s camp says that the charges were baseless and personal attacks against the presidential candidate and former president of Godfather’s Pizza.
Cain was president of the National Restaurant Association during the 1990s. The report, dredged up by the politically-motivated website Politico, says that during that time two women claimed Cain was “sexually aggressive” around them, leading to an uncomfortable situation.
According to the story the National Restaurant Association offered the women money to leave the organization. The women, reportedly, took the money. As part of the deal, they are not allowed to talk about the case.
The story, as reported by CBS, states that a statement from Gordon never comes out and denies the allegations of sexual harassment. The statement does say that they believe the story is coming out now as Cain’s popularity has been surging among GOP candidates. Cain himself has reportedly not addressed the issue himself, relying on denials from his spokes-people. When a reporter from Politico confronted Cain outside the studios of Meet the Press on Sunday he said he would not comment on the situation.
Other reports state that Cain’s tenure at the National Restaurant Association was remembered fondly by other members. It has also been reported that he left the organization on good terms.