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.

Political Notebook: Listen as CNN’s Candy Crowley and Bob Costantini look at the broad picture of the ongoing Herman Cain controversy. Plus, who might and might not want to be seen with President Obama in 2012.

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."

–You can follow Kevin Bohn on Twitter @KevinBohnCNN.

Also see:

Pro-Cain group attacks media over controversy

Perry: Our campaign didn't have anything to do with it

Lawyer for Cain accuser hopes to release statement Friday


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

    It is a squeaky wheel thing.He is a threat to a way of living.

    November 4, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. jorge washinsen

    Hit a nerve did I not?

    November 4, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. jorge washinsen

    Main thing is that the message is gettiing where it needs to be.

    November 4, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. steve

    ah, shoot the messenger. how sad this guy is.

    November 4, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Independent Voters

    If he file a lawsuit the true will come out and the women will testify against cain as a key witness.

    November 4, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Don't waste your time and money Herman. Nobody gives a damn about this rubbish. Just concentrate on getting Obama OUT of the Whitehouse!

    November 4, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Tim

    It's funny that when it's a GOP that CNN and Politco run all over the story regardless if there is any facts to thew story, but if that was a Democartic Canidate they would ignore it like they did with Bill Clinton. How many women came forward with prove of his harassment and there was almost mothing reported about it. The people that work at CNN and at Politico wouldn't know what being a reporter is if it came up and bite them on the butt. Remember guys you are to report the facts of the story not your opion. When you start to do that then maybe you'll start to get some respect, for now you're just a bunch of hacks who are trying to push their own agenda.

    November 4, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Descarado

    The boob tube media circled their wagons around Bill Clinton when he was getting BJ's from a twenty-something intern in the Oval Office. Why are things so different with Mr. Cain? He must scare the hell out of the Obamatron zombies. BTW When is CNN going to ask Bill Clinton for his take on Herman Cain's travails? Is that so off-limits?

    November 4, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Jake

    please sue! so America can hear all the gory details under oath!

    November 4, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Dan5404

    Who will he sue when it is proved that he received numerous illegal campaign donations in violation of federal law?

    November 4, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Do not Trust CAin, HE Didn't Report All of Campain MONEY, its illegal what he is doing. PLUS do you really want another DICK To GEt SuCked in the White HOUSE when it isn't MRS.cain.

    I wonder what the women that he Bothered LOOK lIKE, I wonder if they are White or black or a rainbow of colors. CAN"T WAit to here the Women SPEAK

    November 4, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "We stand comfortably behind every Politico reporters have written on the topic"

    ?

    I think you mean: "We stand comfortably behind everything Politico reporters have written on the topic."

    November 4, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Dave

    What a crybaby. I thought Republicans were opposed to frivolous lawsuits?

    November 4, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Dave

    Yeah Herm! Just because you're running for President doesn't mean anyone should actually KNOW anything about you!

    November 4, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    I've heard that sometimes women actually lie when they file these sorts of claims. I know it is very hard to believe that somebody would accuse somebody falsley (Tawana Brawley) and try to get money as a result. Nahhh, never happens, especially to people of power and means.

    November 4, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. FLIndependent

    "if that was a Democartic Canidate they would ignore it like they did with Bill Clinton. How many women came forward with prove of his harassment and there was almost mothing reported about it."

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    Stretching, aren't you? Everyone heard about Clinton's indiscretions so to say the media hid that is ridiculous. As President, he was impeached over his little affair. Quit excusing you latest "Savior" and blaming the media. Actually, it seems your admitting that there most likely is truth to the story.

    November 4, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Truth

    Republicans have this win in the BAG. But, you keep F'ing it up.

    November 4, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. al in memphis

    Who's running this campaign– a fourth grader. They have no intentions of filing anything, but they know that their followers will interpret this as being tough, stick to your guns type of mentality. Companies don't shell out cash over harassment charges against you and treat it like it was a parking ticket. I don't know if he is at fault or not– but don't blame others because you having to deal with the issue on terms you don't like.

    November 4, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Do not Trust CAin, HE Didn't Report All of Campain MONEY, its illegal what he is doing. PLUS do you really want another DICK To GEt SuCked in the White HOUSE when it isn't MRS.cain.

    I wonder what the women that he Bothered LOOK lIKE, I wonder if they are White or black or a rainbow of colors. CAN"T WAit to here the Women SPEAK
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    Most of my posts get blocked by the CNN moderators AND YET GETS APPROVED????!!!!! Unbelieveable....

    November 4, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Dixie

    pm, the possibility is there, but I won't be part of it. Don't forget to vote. This is the most dangerous gang of candidates in my lifetime.

    November 4, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Steph

    You tap one dame's tail feather, and all the skirts get upset. Those office gals don't know how good they have it.

    November 4, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Ben James

    Cain: The amoral corporate tool of Faux News and any other corporation who will pay his way. This guy is done but what is the alternative, a blatant racist a hole or a guy who believes in the Mormon fairy tales. Guess I'll be forced to vote Obama again.

    November 4, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Ben James

    Cain: The amoral corporate tool of Fox News and any other corporation who will pay his way. This guy is done but what is the alternative, a blatant racist or a guy who believes in the Mormon fairy tales. Guess I'll be forced to vote Obama again.

    November 4, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Ron

    If Cain sues it will force the truth to be revealed..... Be care Mr Cain, are you sure you want the two women talking to the media????

    November 4, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Dave

    Uh-oh... More Conservative Victimization Syndrome here. Waaaa!!! Seriously, can't you hypocritical drooling idiots ever take responsibility for your actions?

    I love the posts about how Democrats are scared of Cain. Hilarious! Obama will mop the floor with him and you Redumblicans know it!

    November 4, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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