Cain hires new staff
July 5th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
9 years ago

Cain hires new staff

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announced a new leadership team in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa Tuesday, following staff defections last week.

Larry Tuel will serve as state director and Lisa Lockwood, Zach Dalluge and Steven Hensler will serve as field staff.

"Larry brings many years of both business and political experience that will maximize our impact in the Hawkeye state," Cain said in a statement.

The announcement follows the departure of his Iowa organizational director, Tina Goff and another Iowa staff member, Kevin Hart on Friday.

His New Hampshire state director Matt Murphy and regional director Jim Zeiler left the campaign earlier last week

Cain has publicly said he is committed to the state's caucuses, pointing to his over 20 visits to the state and plans to compete in the Ames straw poll in August. But Goff told CNN the former Godfather's Pizza CEO "wasn't willing to make the commitment to Iowa necessary to win the [Ames] straw poll."

In a recent Des Moines Register Poll of Iowa voters, Cain placed third with 10 percent behind Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 23 percent and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with 22 percent.

Cain will celebrate the opening of his Iowa campaign headquarters Monday in Urbandale, according to the release.

- CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Iowa
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is just too pitiful.
    How do you hurdle losing your ENTIRE staff and key fundraisers?
    I meanhow doyou recover from that with any kind of dignity?
    What do you tell your children Fig Newton and Sugar Cain? lol
    Obama 2012.

    July 5, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS

    I can't take the pizzaman seriously. I can careless about his business savvy. He has absolutely no foreign policy credentials. When he was asked about the pre 1967 Israeli lines, he looked clueless. This guy is a joke!

    July 5, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. The Elephant In The Room

    Under Mr. Cain, employment at Godfather's Pizza DROPPED 20%. That is not the kind of stellar "results" Americans want.

    Why is he running again? Oh yeah – I forgot – a book deal!

    July 5, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Too bad Cain has no experience running a campaign. He's angry enough to win over the base and sneak out a quick lead to the nomination like McCain did in 2008. But, he doesn't know how to run a campaign. He seems to have this aura that he is campaigning shareholders to be CEO, instead of voters to be POTUS.

    July 5, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    another waste of time and waste of money. Cain can be farther to the right that Jim DeMint and Tom DeLay but the GOP will NOT run him against Obama as a candidate and the reason is obvious. In a way it's a sad reason, too but as long as that right wing base of the GOP STILL has their heads back in the 40's and 50's the best Cain could do is be on a ticket and not lead one.

    July 5, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Lando

    What makes you think that the Republibans will embrace you....Obama is half white yet abhorred and hated so much
    by these racist...wake up to reality

    July 5, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Should they be referred to as branch or shift managers/supervisors?

    Another follower of the cult of Mammon that thinks the answers to life can be found in the balance sheet of a fast-food chain. Is this the best intellectual firepower and problem solving this country can provide? People who claim success by firing others, who deny modern science, who place pictures of their opponants in gunsights, and who look for birth records and conspiracies: are they really worthy of the responsibility of governing?

    July 5, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Voice of Reason

    Cain hires new staff... Because he obviously didnt get the message when the previous staff left him. I wonder if the message they were sending is, "With elections coming up, and siphoning away campaign money being our only source of income – we dont want to be associated with this foot-in-mouth fool." ?

    At least we're safe knowing that none of them are muslim...

    July 5, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. vet in texas

    Mr. Cain, please speak with Mr. Steele, you can learn alot from him regarding what the GOP really thinks of you.

    July 5, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Patrick from Minnesota

    He should stick to pizza. I don't see a future in politics in him.

    July 5, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Jana Shockley

    Herman Cain is the only candidate that can steer this country back on the track of prosperity. Herman Cain's job at Godfather's Pizza was to save the company...if that meant trim the "deadwood" then he trimmed away. If you are worried about job loss then you must be "deadwood" at someone's company. The deal is Americans need to get back to be exceptional; this doesn't entitle people who do not work hard a job, period. When in our history did we start rewarding laziness? LOST: you are just plain wrong...Texans love Herman Cain because we a sick and tired of P.C. garbage, and we are not all Perry lovers either. This last election he was the lesser of the two evils for our state. As far as Texas jobs...Texans created those jobs not our government! Those of you that are hung up on the fact that Mr. Cain is black...get over yourself! Mother Teresa was a woman and Jesus was a what?! Foreign Policy...surrounding himself with the right people! Our current President did NOT do that for sure. I hope I have addressed all of your issues. For those of you that are SMART please get your information from Herman Cain himself, not one of the naysayers

    July 5, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Jana Shockley

    please pardon all typos...I posted before proof reading.

    July 5, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Anonymous Citizen

    Good day.

    Cain's candidacy needs to be analyzed more clearly. After a republican nominated debate, every single individual that participated and listened to his responses came to agreement that Cain was the candidate that won the debate. Also, regardless of why staff resigns, it shouldn't be the concern. The concern is how Cain's campaign is ran, and questioning if he can prove himself worthy. This was done through debate already, and most republicans that have been monitoring the candidate nominations agree that Cain is in the top three candidates. Endorsed by Glenn Beck two weeks ago, Cain has the support necessary to possibly win the nomination.

    July 5, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Patty

    Have any of you even bothered to check Herman Cain out to see what he's all about and why we all love him? Or do you just believe everything you hear? A changeover in staff is a normal part of this process. His numbers keep rising and he's doing great in the polls. His name recognition is growing daily. Hardly something to worry about. For those of you who want the truth go to

    July 5, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Snoop

    You do realize that the departure was of 4 people from his Iowa campaign office, right? You liberals make it sound like his entire staff left him.

    And you can drop the Republicans are racist meme – half the people in this country associate with the Republicans, and you feel you have the right to judge 120 million people and call them all racists? Thats like me calling you a bunch of pot-smoking lazy hippies.

    July 5, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. SPGordon

    Herman Cain is a man of high character and integrity. The man currently occupying the White House is an embarrassment to this nation. Supporters all over this country believe that Herman Cain is the only one of this slate of candidates that can take it to "the one" and come out the victor for the people of America. Staff changes are a part of political campaigning. Reagan's were gargantuan – but hmm..that wasn't a career-ender was it?

    July 5, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. CJ

    This guy is the real deal...unlike the other GOP candidates, he came from nothing and became successful on his own merit. I'm sick of politicians and would love to see him wipe the floor with Obama like he did Clinton in the 90s

    July 5, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Jana Shockley;

    Government is not a business. Those who insist on treating it as such will be perpetually screwing it up ( which explains Texas and its miserable record on education, health, safety, and poverty issues.). The jobs you so proudly proclaim for Texas are not jobs that pay well. I deal with the oil and petrochem businesses on a daily basis, and they have NOT recovered, nor has high-tech and engineering. Cain has not got a clue as to what he will do, and we can't even get a thoughtful silence from him, only bombast. You say get the right people on foreign policy: if he can't keep good campaign staff, who will work for him in the unlikely event he is elected? It has nothing to do with race, it has to do with qualifications. Compared to him, Sarah Palin is over-qualified: just because he knows what words to say does not mean he understands them. He is like everyone I've ever met in marketing: knows how to appeal to a crowd, but cannot explain anything beyond what's in the spec sheet. Its experience and being able to apply it that counts, and having a record of dropping 20% of your work force and touting that as a plus when the economy has struggled is NOT the way you introduce yourself to the people who will be hiring you.

    July 5, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. wishing

    The question is, who will he (and Gingrich) support once it is clear they are out of it. In an game with no face cards, even a low Trump can win.

    July 5, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Bill Marshall

    If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you weren't a racist I urge you to vote for Cain in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot. I was at Mr. Cain's Announcement Rally attended by 15,000 primarily white, southern conservatives.

    For Elephant in the Room, yes, employment at Godfather's Pizza dropped by 20%. However, it was planned to drop by 100%. Pillsbury bought the company that owned Godfather's Pizza, because it owned roughly 800 Burger King franchises (which Pillsbury owned at the time.) Pillsbury got Godfather's essentially for free. As it was losing money, Mr. Cain, a Pillsbury Executive was put in charge of the division in essence to shut it down. However, after having successfully taken Burger King's worst performing district and in 3 years turning it into the best performing district, he saw how Godfather's could be saved, made profitable and as a result over 10,000 jobs were saved.

    For those who dismiss Mr. Cain as an idiot or fool, I would remind them that he is a former Navy Department rocket scientist, and successful business executive. Most idiots don't go into business and rise to the top of their industry. No, most idiots become community organizers.

    July 5, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Anonymous Citizen

    If individuals want to make comments, they should be analytical and unbiased. Though one might be republican or democrat, when debating or making assumptions about candidates, emotion should be ignored. Constructive facts and evidence are the elements that flow through a strong debate.

    Please consider the following:

    Herman Cain is the only candidate in the republican nomination that has constructively and directly answered every question throughout debate. Though his background may be disliked regarding Godfather's Pizza, it is still very strong and credible, and Cain can clearly and effectively run a business. This candidate has worked in the private sector. Obama's economic advisor said "in order to lead this economic recovery, it will have to be done by the private sector." This was said with great discomfort, because as a democrat, Obama does not believe in the private sector.

    The evidence presented is irrefutable and should be taken into much consideration. Please disregard emotion, and analyze the factual information instead.

    Thank you.

    July 5, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |