Oklahoma pollster confirms he witnessed incident involving Cain
November 2nd, 2011
04:34 PM ET
11 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. Brenda

    Does anyone remember what they got for Christmas 2 years ago?? Why should believe this woman since no one with any common sense remembers stuff like this accurately 2 months ago, let alone 20 years. Second, why should we believe a guy who works for the Rick Perry Campaign and is mad that his 'dog in the fight' is getting crushed by Cain?? I'm no conservative, but this really smacks of politics.

    November 3, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  2. marie

    This happens all the time when politics heat up nothing new here

    November 3, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  3. Mikette

    I am definitely not a cain supporter but I have a few concerns for those that do support him.... #1 his selective memory... # 2 His angry Black man syndrome and #3 His version aka plan of attack for fixing America...

    November 3, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. Mikette


    November 3, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  5. Sallie

    I'm confused. Yesterday, Cain said the charges were the result of racist liberals. Today, it's Perry's campaign. And why is the knee-jerk assumption always that a woman making a harassment claim is making false accusations? Egregious workplace harassment happens in real life all. the. time.

    November 3, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  6. Robin Bray

    And what is below the surface?

    November 3, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  7. Joxer

    All I see is false accusations, I saw but can't tell, I'm thinking about coming out. they are just waiting for someone to pay them to come forward. all for the money. I hope he sues them for slander. btw clinton was impeached for lying to congress. Also if you are voting because Obama and Cain are black and not thier records don't bother. Cain 2012

    November 3, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  8. Sogooden

    I don't care who the source was, is it true? That's the only important point. It will be a real disaster if/when the media finds out Herman lied about it.

    November 3, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  9. Cosmo

    In the end this doesnt change a thing, because Cain would of never been Nomunated to run for President anyway.

    November 3, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Methinks Cain is in over his head, and he's only now figuring that out. The sad thing is, he was recently conviced that liberals were the ones out to get him, when its the people he's been shilling for that have done him in. Oh well, I'm sure Uncle Rupert will find a job for him, where he can play the conservative victim card for the rest of his life, and harrassing FOXNews interns to his heart's content.

    November 3, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. Victoria

    Heraman Cain is done..let’s wrap this up..

    November 3, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. shugee

    So it wasn't the dems. This kind of naughty, tut-tut stuff appeals to the un-hip, uptight republican base. The worm has turned......on itself in this case. Unless he threatened to fire someone for not 'putting out', it sounds like a normal convention to me.

    November 3, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  13. once upon a horse

    this just shows one of the differences between the right and the left. Once this story broke the right wing think tank, without knowing all the facts as usual attacked the left media,progressives and liberals blaming them for trying to bring down Herman Cain some even played the so-called race card saying the evil left was doing it because he's Black. On the other hand those on the left said "wait a minute....why would the Democrats want to attack Herman Cain, he's not even a threat to Obama, in fact most would welcome a Cain/Obama matchup in 2012". But the right wing didn't look at who would REALLY have an advantage in a Cain frefall...their own 2012 candidates. So lo and behold it appears it was a conservative not an evil lefty that did this. But don't expect the right to admit they were wrong, in fact they'll probably just double down on it. Anytime someone like Ann Coulter can come on national tv and say "Our Blacks are better than their Blacks" just proves they have no shame.

    November 3, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Herman Cain sings" The Party's Over" on CD or cassette for only $9.99!!!

    November 3, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. kallikat

    This will only bring Cain down if he lets it, and I doubt that he will.

    November 3, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  16. DA

    LOL...I knew this would have some tie to Perry!!! Those who want to go around thinking Perry is not dirty as they come need ot look at his past elections!!! He will do whatever it takes to win!! I can only say Mitt you better look out or at least having something better to hit him back with when it comes. LOL

    November 3, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. scat398

    Well we knew the media has been trying to get this to be a perry vs. romney election for some time now and I guess when the people won't do as they are told, they'll just let Perry's campaign start throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks.

    Wake up media! we have rejected Perry and we have rejected Romney, neither will be the nominee...end of story. We will not vote for either of them in the election because they are no different than the current people running the show. Real Republicans want a leader to actually cut spending (not cut the rate of growth of spending) really cut spending.

    November 3, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Looks like Ricky-boy has taken a page from his Mentor's (Karl Rove) playbook. If you can't beat them in the polls, smear them. After all, it worked against McCain in 2000, why not against Cain in 2012?
    Now, here is the real question – is Chris Wilson willing to testify about this under oath? If not – sue him for libel and defamation. If he will, and he cannot prove he witnessed it, charge him with perjury and sue him for libel and defamation.

    November 3, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  19. Sandy

    Cain said that if it was democrats, it's racist, but if it was republicans it was not racist. LMAO!

    Uncle Ruckus at his best!

    November 3, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  20. Jerry

    Hmm, I think Chris Wilson is suspect. After all, he's working for Rick Perry, isn't he? This idiotic, possibly unfounded comments/accusations may not just bring Cain's campaign down; but also Perry's. Now, now, I don't want to point fingers. However, who might benefit from this? Definitely not Romney; but the chosen one (not my words, rather Bobble Head Pelosi's).

    Stay tuned...

    November 3, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I don't believe Herman Cain (or any hard core TEA Partier) can win in a general election.

    It now appears that a Republican operative outed Mr Cain.

    I KNEW a Democrat would not release this information (NOW), I would think that they would wait till the General election when Republicans would be "stuck" with him as a candidate and when the information would cost him the most general electorate support.

    November 3, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. Scott S.

    This guy should do the right thing and quit while he's ahead. Not only should he quit, he should disappear.

    November 3, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    More innuendo.

    Come out with the facts, or shut up.
    You have already heard the facts. Cain tried to deny them, then realized he couldn't. I think what you are asking for are the details, which are entirely irrelevant. Cain and the NRA are in control of "the facts" surrounding what motivaed the parties to reach a settlement and go their seperate ways. They hold the reins, not the women bound by their signed silence.

    The details have become irrelevant because they have been overshadowed by Mr. Cain's highly disturbing performance to handle a crisis under pressure. Especially when he had over a week to prepare a response to what was really a minor threat. But, if you want to details, just be patient. I want to know why the NRA paid them instead of Mr. Cain.

    November 3, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. CarolO

    Why does it matter who leaked the story? The problem is that it IS A STORY that Cain tried to hide. Numerous people know of this including other CEO's, lawyers on both sides and their staff, the women who have told family members and friends, people who worked with these women, etc. The story could have come from anyone. Cain is trying to divert the attention off himself by now blaming someone else. So far he has blamed Politico, the person who leaked his secret, the women and everyone else but himself.

    November 3, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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