Cain campaign considers lawsuit
November 4th, 2011
11:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Cain campaign considers lawsuit

Washington (CNN) - Herman Cain's presidential campaign said it is considering filing a lawsuit against the news organization Politico, which first reported that two women who worked with him at the National Restaurant Association alleged he sexually harassed them while he headed the group.

"It is being discussed," campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon told CNN Friday. He would not discuss any details on the basis for the possible lawsuit or when a decision might be made.

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Cain and his campaign aides have been very critical of Politico's reporting citing the use of anonymous sources and a lack of some details about some of the claims. Cain has vehemently denied committing sexual harassment and said he recalls one settlement with a female employee as part of an employment termination agreement.

Politico stands by its reporting, saying it was extensively reviewed and it is comfortable with what it has published. "We have heard nothing from the Cain campaign. We stand comfortably behind every Politico reporters have written on the topic," executive editor Jim VandeHei said in a statement.

Separately, the Cain campaign said it did not cancel a TV interview with Mr. Cain and his wife, Gloria, on the Fox News Channel. Spokesman Gordon tells CNN there were discussions about doing an interview Friday, but it was never finalized.

Asked whether the couple will do a joint interview in the near future Gordon says: "When we have something to announce we will."

Mrs. Cain has not been seen frequently on the campaign trail. Cain earlier this week said that was because she helps keep the family calm and tranquil and that it was not her "style" to join him at every campaign stop.

On Thursday, when asked about his wife, Cain told the Sean Hannity radio show: "She is feeling for me more so. She knows it is baseless." He said the controversy is "having a toll on her."

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Also see:

Pro-Cain group attacks media over controversy

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. FactCheck

    Kinda like the same way that the Palin clan threatened to go after the authors of her unofficial/official biography? Yeah, how did that work out??

    November 4, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Hahahaha...more smoke screens and distractions from the Cain camp and CNN. The lawsuit they shoudl be considering is the one just filed at the FEC for Block's illegal campaign finance activities...but CNN and the MSM don't want you to know about that.

    November 4, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Phil in KC

    Well, they say the best defense is a good offense. So I guess they figure if they sue Politico, it'll make him look innocent – whether he is or not.

    November 4, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. The Herminator

    Politico reported there were sexual harassment allegations against Cain in the 90s. That is true whether Cain was guilty or innocent of the allegations. So he's going to sue Politico for reporting the truth? This only makes sense in the fact free land of GOP politics.

    November 4, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Does he really think this is the worst thing he's going to face if he gets elected? Its amazing the arrogance of the Right Wing, that is constantly calling for tort reform to prevent frivolous and baseless lawsuits, yet the first thing they do is go screaming to their lawyers after their denial strategies don't work. He's proven that he is incapable of dealing with a crisis: does anyone think this goob is really ready to go to the G20 Summit and represent us with any level of dignity?

    November 4, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Biggge

    That is Cool.. For all the ladies on the post who support this guy, your boss will be smacking you all on the backside shortly…lol

    Folks taking up for a Brother, my bad sellout Brother but a brother anyway… Great Day in history….Let here it for the butt smackers…LOL

    November 4, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Voice of Reason

    Heaven help us if this guy ever makes it to the White House. Is this what we have to look forward to? If he doesnt like what's in print, he'll 'lean on' the people printing it? It's suppression of free speech.

    When you threaten to sue journalists for printing facts... THAT is what suppression of free speech IS. And that is why our founding fathers were smart enough to include the 1st amendment, to protect people from this kind of suppression.

    I dont think Politico needs to be all that worried about Herman Cain's politically-motivated lawsuit on it's shaky legal grounds.

    November 4, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Texas Doc

    He's toast....next!

    November 4, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. TM

    Someone needs to buy cain a clue. The TRUTH is what is known in legal circles as an "Absolute Defense". Politico has not published anything untrue. The fact that it hurts, or perhaps defines is a better term, Cain's image is NOT a grounds for a lawsuit.

    November 4, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Mike In Carolina

    Shoot The Messenger if he brings news you'd rather not hear about. A suit against Politico won't ever see the light of day. The truth about the Cain scandal will.

    November 4, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. CB FLA

    He will not file a lawsuit! If he did he would have to under oath to tell the truth. How will that work for him?

    November 4, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Marco

    Go get 'em Cain!! Take the for everything they got! We can't accept this smear business as a norm anymore, it takes our focus away from the real issues serves only as a distraction while our economy and morals are slowly dissolving.

    November 4, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. John

    Hermain Cain clearly does not support the Constitution of the United States. Sue them for printing something you agreed did in fact happen? Sue them for printing the facts as you agree are correct? Maybe in Red China but not in America. If Cain was not this stupid, he would not be a republican.

    November 4, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    wonder if the Perry camp would consider a lawsuit as well...didn't he accuse them of leaking this story? I also wonder if Perry will call Cain BROTHER again next time they meet.

    November 4, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    They keep forgetting, or ignoring the amendment before the 2nd. Except the religion part.

    November 4, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Sheila

    No, he will lose against the liberal, lopsided Politico – it has too many liberal, foolish Obama supporters.

    November 4, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. carrie

    Sure Hermie , file a lawsuit you know will get kicked to the curb, when a publication states true fact , lawsuits only are a waste of time. It will only prolong the truth being slayed all over the news and make all the others come out of the wall .....Bad move! But just leaking that he might , will help the misguided to stay on board!

    November 4, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    This is purely BLUFF. They are NOT going to file anything against anyone because they KNOW too much would really come out. Anyone who believes they would actually do this should not be allowed to vote anywhere especially in the US.

    November 4, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. lioness777

    Cain might want to wait on that since he is now being investigated for breaching Federal Campaign laws by using Corporate money for his Campaign. He might just need the $$$$$$ to defend himself against an issue that could sink his run all together.

    November 4, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Lisa P

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Well that's one way to improve the job statistics - keep the lawyers employed! :-)

    Of course Cain would lose if he ever did try to sue instead of just making threats (shades of Sarah Palin!). But, hey, it's his money, he conned some foolish organization into paying it to him, he gets to do whatever stupid thing he wants with it.

    November 4, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. dreucalypt

    The Restaurant association will have a classic defense, that the charges are not only true but a matter of public record. I don't know what Cain thinks this lawsuit will accomplish.

    November 4, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Telchristina

    Go forward! Just add more distractions on your campaign and give journalists more chances to dig up your dirt past! What an idiot! Instead of focusing on jobs and other issue right now, you will be busy defending your low-class behavior toward women.

    November 4, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Sorry Herm. That won't distract anyone from the fact that you are wholly unqualified to be President.

    November 4, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. rs

    Good luck with that Herman. It seems the facts run against you. Big corporations don't pay secretaries $80,000 to keep quiet about your bad behavior. This will only keep the noise in the news and ruin what is left of your rapidly eroding credibility. Thanks for playing!

    November 4, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. V in Chicago

    There will never be a lawsuit filed by Cain on this one. Just more crap coming out of his mouth trying to hide the fact that he does have some dirt in his past. He could have survived this if he had just been upfront about it from the beginning. The more he speaks, the deeper the hole gets. Give it up Herman. You're done! You obvisously don't know how to play in the big league.

    November 4, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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