Oklahoma pollster confirms he witnessed incident involving Cain
November 2nd, 2011
04:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Oklahoma pollster confirms he witnessed incident involving Cain

Washington (CNN) - Oklahoma Republican political consultant Chris Wilson confirmed to CNN that he witnessed Herman Cain demonstrate inappropriate conduct toward a female employee while he led the National Restaurant Association. Wilson first made this charge Wednesday in an interview with KTOK, an Oklahoma radio station.

In that interview, Wilson-who is doing polling for a political action committee supporting Texas Governor Rick Perry's campaign but is independent of it–described an incident with Cain and a female employee.

"This occurred at a restaurant in Crystal City (Virginia) and everybody was aware of it," said Wilson, who was a consultant for the organization at the time, in the KTOK interview. "It was only a matter of time because so many people were aware of what took place, so many people were aware of her situation, the fact she left-everybody knew with the campaign that this would eventually come up."

Wilson would not elaborate beyond his comments to the radio station. He has dismissed any notion that he commented on this for political reasons. He told CNN "I had nothing to do with leaking this in any way, and I've never discussed or shared this story with any of my clients – period."

In his description of the event to the radio station KTOK, Wilson said "I was the pollster at the National Restaurant Association when Herman Cain was head of it, and I was around a couple of times when this happened and anyone who was involved with the NRA at the time, knew that this was going to come up."

On the radio, he predicted "if she (the alleged victim) comes out and talks about it, like I said, it'll probably be the end of his campaign."


Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. unsub

    who needs reality TV? We got it right here! Pass the popcorn!

    November 2, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. pig in a poke

    @Wire "It only proves that tea baggers are racist pigs"
    Were is the racism ?
    You only prove that you are the biggest pig on the Tickers posts. You prove it day in and day out.

    November 2, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Unfortunately, for those of us with brains – this still won't be the end of Herman Cain. They MUST keep him around just a little while longer. They don't want the obvious to appear that they are racist. Look for Cain to be out of the picture in about a month.

    November 2, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    [Insert dying Pacman sound]

    November 2, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. fayse

    NewsMax just announced that there is a third woman that has come forward accusing Cain of sexual harrassment while she was employed at the NRA. Could we see many more coming to the light? This is starting to sound like Tiger Woods.

    November 2, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. MTthinker

    Keep preaching personal responsibility but make sure you don’t have to take any for your own actions, yep sounds like a GOP sweetheart to me.

    November 2, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. JD

    People are getting really desperate here to smear this guy. You're that afraid, huh?

    November 2, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Rick01

    I wonder where all these people are??, not one has come forward yet.

    November 2, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. P.G

    Perry: "That how we do bid'ness 'ere in Texas. Now, lets go to N-H- huntin' camp."

    November 2, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. A Repulbican

    This is only the tip, I'm sure there's plenty more to come.

    November 2, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. ibwon

    Once again, the Teabaggers show their sterling judgement about the candidate they rally behind. And these people dare criticize the actual President of the Untited States, when all they bring us are clowns and buffoons. Touchy feely and drunk ones, apparently.

    The Teabaggers were never about 'We the People', the Teabaggers are all about 'We Hate You People'..

    November 2, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. ConservaFASCISTS/TeaHadists/Tea Queda/TeaLiban

    BUSTED!!! And this is coming from a republican, albeit he works for Perry. Maybe Perry is trying to throw Cain under the bus and run over him.

    November 2, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. closetiguana

    That's funny, Ann Coulter said the left is to blame.

    November 2, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. non sequitur

    "Wilson-who is doing polling for a political action committee supporting Texas Governor Rick Perry's campaign but is independent of it"

    Come on now! – how dumb does he think we are – "independent of it" – year, right

    November 2, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. al in memphis

    I hope this whole thing was not just a convenient distraction from the 9-9-9 plan and the clear message it was starting to send to the average American. That message was that people can get elected to the highest office in the land with promises of putting more burdens on the back of the middle class and poor.

    Smaller government is code for small responsibility to the rich and smaller opportunity for everyone else.

    November 2, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Randy

    Cain's new Campaign slogin, FREE WILLY !

    November 2, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    @pig- . . .better liability laws. . . .are you advocating more government regulation?

    November 2, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Dan

    Bye Hermie!

    November 2, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    BWAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA*gasp**gasp*HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHH *wipes tears*

    Herman Cain = Michael Steele 2.0
    Welcome to the world of token, Herb.

    November 2, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "What you are seeing here is Governor Perry playing political games. This is unfortunate."

    No, what we're seeing is Cain getting vetted by the public and his competition. Period. If he's a sexist pig, then he's got to go. He maybe MAYBE would have survived this if he had manned up and came out with honest, forthright responses to the allegations. Instead, he played games and claimed not to remember and told lies. If you think people like the Ayatollah Limbaugh and Ann "Madame's Apple" Coulter helped him by going into a public defensive tyrade mode and saying things like "our blacks and better than their blacks," then you're delusional. The wingnuts in the GOP/Teatroll army can enjoy knowing that they are as much to blame for their bombastic, bigotted, blowhard response to this issue as Squirmy Hermy is for doing it and then lying about it in the first place.

    November 2, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. RoseTN

    If you find yourself being bombarded with constant questions you don't want to answer about sexual harrassment allegations – BLAME YOURSELF!!!

    November 2, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. maggietag

    I'm female, I worked for the NRA and Herman Cain harassed me too. (Not really, but not many on this site appear to be interested in truth and facts anyway.)

    November 2, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Doctor Zee

    I heard the replay of Charles Krauthammer questioning Cain. Cain stated that when liberals attack him, they have a racist agenda. On the other hand, if conservatives are attacking him, the attacks are not racially motivated. This is absurd. Krauthammer asked Cain to offer proof, which of course Cain could not. Cain appears to not be prepared and answers questions on the fly. He can't seem to give a straight forward answer which will help us voters determine his positions on the issues. It is shocking Cain is currently the GOP frontrunner.

    November 2, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Ben Yaweh

    Abel's revenge on Cain is almost complete.
    So much for the Republican answer to Obama. Coulter and Limbaugh should go the way Cain goes now. Out of sight and out of mind. It wsn't the leftwing that did their boy in; it was one of their own... they are now turning on each other. We all know this was going to happen sooner or later.

    November 2, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Limbaugh and Coulter should crawl back into their little holes. Cain looked in the mirror and saw himself on a police wanted poster.

    November 2, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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