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. Jerry Bush

    Oh, snap!

    November 2, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Poor Poor Cain...everybody is picking on him..."BLAME YOURSELF!"...its your mess...

    November 2, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Aezel

    Obama just won the election in 2012. There are only two real candidates left for the Repugs: Romney and Perry. Romney is Mormon so the Christian nutjobs won't vote for him and Perry can barely string two words together in a debate.

    Pack it in kids it's already over.

    November 2, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. chuck weidemann

    The trouble is a lot of repubs keep drinking the tea people like Ann Coulter pour. They think being conservative means you are pure, never done anything close to wrong. Hasn't worked so well has it?

    November 2, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Jerry Bush

    Excellent. more of the Koch brother's money down the drain.

    November 2, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Larry L

    For: Democrat Party – leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    I don't see your comment? Where are you now? Is Perry's group on of those "leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA" you're always rantig about? How could this be racism from the left? Perry is now a liberal?

    November 2, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Mike

    funny how Democrats are bashing Cain when they have enough problems of their own within their party. It is like the pot calling the kettle black isn't it?
    I suggest all liberals stick to dealing with their own problems. How about the one about the worthless garbage you elected to be President? Yeah, that guy's done a bang up job hasn't he?

    November 2, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. jake1969

    Concurring with may other posts...this had a republican rival, namely Perry, written all over it. Coulter, Limbaugh and other conservative commentators are so far gone on these "liberal conspiracies" that they can't even see what was obvious to most of us. There was ZERO incentive for liberals to do this. They want tea bag Cain to be the nominee. Every single poll for the longest time has shown he'll be much easier to beat than Romney. I'd accuse the Romney camp, but smacks more of Perry, especially in light of this information. Bottom-line, hardcore ideologues are largely useless for information, they are too paranoid and obsessed with their enemy. They simply can't see reason and reality. I lean liberal on many issues, but still think Air America, Huffington Post, Olbermann, Maddow, etc to be just as useless as Beck, Limbaugh and conservative cronies.

    November 2, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. All coming out the woodworks..!

    Big story to be had and maybe big bucks..for the accusers...Sure smells like a rotting rat...!!!

    November 2, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Lenny Pincus

    And today a conservative talk show host in Iowa confirmed Cain's, uhhhhh, strange ways. I thought this was Rove, but it turns out tons of people knew Cain's little secret. BTW, wingers, if you bring up Clinton, that means you want Herman impeached.

    November 2, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Republicans OWN their Blacks...and Cain and Thomas...serve them Well....

    November 2, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. DEEJ

    Would the person with nothing wrong in their background please stand up?

    November 2, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. RTinKC

    Not quite sure what the issue is with this coming out. I thought it was decided back in the Clinton era that stories like this don't matter. Bill "Slick Willy" Clinton's first campaign was littered with stories of harassment of women but he was still elected. We found out once he was in office that many of these stories were probably true based on his conduct while in office. Most Dems back then said so "so what".

    November 2, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Grand Oil Party

    Is it just me or does it seem that just under the surface, Cain has a temper that will eventually erupt in some horrible way?

    November 2, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Florida Joe

    ..............and so, we bid a fond farewell to Mr. Cain! It was fun, wasn't it?
    Bye Bye!
    So long!
    Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

    November 2, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Tyler Durden

    The established media will continue to overlook Ron Paul and will try to resuscitate Perry. **sigh*

    November 2, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. ricnaustin

    Let's just hope the Perry-weasle doesn't come out ahead on this. In a way, I was hoping Cain and Obama would be the candidates. If Perry wins, WE ARE ALL IN TROUBLE. VERY BIG TROUBLE. With the Republicans disenfranchisng voters and Perry Winkle running, it's going to be a sad and scary day in "Merica" if Perry goes to Washington!!

    I'll keep hoping and praying for a good outcome on this.

    November 2, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Andrew

    Modern day republican politicians are VERY good at a single thing: criticizing and trying to destroy everyone (but themselves) in their own self-interest and thinking they'll rule the world because of it. But now days, even Granny might not be willing to swallow such BS.
    They continue – republicans that is – to open up everybody's closets while trying to keep their own nasty secrets hidden from public view. Preach and hide, flip and flop, then slick-back their hair and smile for the cameras. No to this, no to that, no plans to help. Always no and negative. Constantly aiming below the belt.
    And now come to find out, it's another one of their OWN who threw Cain under the bus, after Coulter and Limpbaugh SWEARING it was the "left" who opened up Cain's closet. Wrong again blondola and Limpy; dead wrong again!
    Republicans have turned into a wierd fetish cult of S&M types fighting for the stump. But when they knock somebody off it and stand up on it, they only speak negative slander. Then THEY get knocked off too.
    This is what they bring to this mess we're in; this is what they live for! Otherwise, they have nothing to offer when the side-shows are over.

    November 2, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Amunaka

    Imagine a political party racially smearing a black candidate...oh wait a minute

    November 2, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. chuck weidemann

    Telling the truth about ones past seems to be a very overwhelming value to some prominent people in the " conservative" holier than thou movement. Why not confess you are sinners like everyone else!!!

    November 2, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. RTinKC

    Want to try something. Since CNN feels it is ok to allow people to continue to use inappropriate term "Tea Baggers" for conservative republicans. I am going to start the trend of referring to Liberal Democrats as "Dirty Sanchezes". Lets see how long this is allowed to be posted.

    November 2, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Drew

    It doesn't matter who outed Cain. If he has skeletons in his closet they need to come out now not next year.

    November 2, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Jim

    Ha! Even a Republican confirms the behavior. I thought Coulter claimed it's a Democratic witch hunt. Duh...

    November 2, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. strangereality

    The liberal media is spending more time on a non issue than they are covering real news, 500 million Solyndra scandal, 42 million to Beacon, all got stimulus money from Obama, both are bankcrupt, how about the stimulus money to build cars in Finland, how about the SF bridge built in China? Hoa about more details on the missing money at the Corzine company. How about the jailed Illinois democrat power broker....Comeon CNN you can do better than this.

    November 2, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. rick

    You "compassionate" liberals are so filled with hate it's mind-boggling. And then you have the nerve to slander an entire political party that refuses to take this country down a road economically that has failed and is failing all over the world. Somehow one case where a conservative exposed the faults of another conserative justifies every sad, pathetic preconceived notion you've ever had about people who are for free markets and limited government. Yes, Republican policies benefit the wealthy, but you search in vain for an economic system that benefits everyone without benefitting the ones who take risks and start and run companies.

    November 2, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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