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. BENJI

    Hey right wingers, looks like your own leaked this. Are you going to call them racist and narrow minded like you called the liberals?

    November 2, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. JC

    The sad part is, if you dig far enough on any of these folks running for office, you will find dirt. If it wasn't already ugly, it's going to be real soon. Let the digging begin!!!!

    November 2, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. macstone

    I'm just shocked at how some commenters are brining the race issue here. Mr. Cain is not fit to be president and apparently he has some bad habits that need to be corrected. We are not going to send him to the white house, this guy needs some serious moral education and psychological help.

    November 2, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Dave, Central Illinois

    Oh no, a black man not following the streotypical role that Libs have painted for him. Now, let loose the cannons of hate and lies. Democrats have been slave-owners since before the Civil War and still have that mentality. The slaves are still black – the Dems just call them a voting block now. This time, though, the slaves can free themselves by not voting for the party of Lib masters.

    November 2, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. roro

    My gut tells me Karl Rove is behind all of this. He knows Cain can't beat Obama, so he's trying to deep six him. Food for thought?

    November 2, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. SLP

    I can't even imagine where this would have gone if this had come up with Obama during his campaign. So Herman, just get it over with and withdraw and take Bachmann with you. Neither of you stand a chance anyway.

    I can tell you where it would have gone, no where. If this had come out about Obama, liberals everywhere would have been foaming at the mouth and screaming "racism" from the mountain tops. All I have to say is that the left must absolutely be terrified of Cain. Makes me believe even more that he has the ability to take the country in a better direction.

    November 2, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Rick

    if....if..you are a liberal leftist..then the last thing you would want is for this canidate to fail at his point...he other than perhaps Bachman, Palin, and perry would be the exact person you want to run against your canidate...Coluter has once agian proven that she is of little intelligance...why she is still getting any coverage is beyond me...there are in my opinion only two republicans that have a chance Romney and Huntsman...so iif the demos are outing Cain at this point would be ludicrous...leave him alone until he is your only to target and then you have everything on your side.....

    November 2, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Piltdown Man

    Cain is like a million other CEOs; he thinks he can do whatever he likes and get away with it. Though, in this case, maybe not....

    November 2, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Odds are you won't hear her side because they generally sign agreements which stipulate they cannot publicly speak about the case. They pay them to silence them, not to right a wrong.

    November 2, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Eric of Reseda

    And don't think Wilson is in on something with Perry. He'd be a complete fool if he took part in such a conspiracy. No, this is a credible witness indeed telling us that Cain is who we thought he was: an idiot.

    November 2, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Larry L

    @ Rick
    "You "compassionate" liberals are so filled with hate it's mind-boggling."
    Really Rick? Liberals are filed with hate? Have you ever listened to Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh? Who defends the poor and who is a lap-dog for the rich? Not the right-wing. Who has been trying to get traction on the "birther" movement for over two years? Republicans. If you're going to continue putting rants on these pages you need to step away from Fox News, shed some of your own hatred and think like a patriot. Americans who only promote hated and division are political terrorists. Try going a week without saying "liberals'. Try looking at your own words and see if you haven't been "captured" by the lure of the conservative media. Are you hateful?

    November 2, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Truman Guy

    If Perry is behind this and sounds like it is, then it does make sense the name of Perry's hunting lodge and he is looking to add another head to the collection.

    November 2, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  13. skarphace

    Does this mean Ron Paul has finally got next?

    Unfortunately, being a Ron Paul fan, I think I already know the answer to this question.

    So I guess it is back to Perry, then, Tea Partiers? At least you can't be accused of voting against Cain because he is racist, huh? That has to be a relief.

    November 2, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  14. Mike In Carolina

    I haven't heard Democrats trying to exploit the Cain scandal. Limbaugh, Hannity & Co. are accusing the "liberal media" of using it to trash Cain simply by reporting it as though they are supposed to ignore it. Hannity used his entire radio show today trying to paint Cain as a victim. He & Limbaugh have been so successful at convincing their audiences of pure lies that the GOP is counting on them to do it in this case. The Dems have stayed out of this and anyone who's been watching objectively knows this. Conservatives haven't gotten over the fact that they could find no scandals in Obama's past. Hannity even went back to bringing up Rev. Wright and Ron Ayers today. Their followers are so clueless that they don't know the difference between actual improper actions and guilt-by-associations. For example, the things that Ayers is accused of happened when Obama was 8 years old. The speech that Obama made about the Rev. Wright issue ("A More Perfect Union") is available for all to read. Hannity avoids both of these facts as he spews his hate speech against Obama and even Mrs. Obama. These guys are as low as low can get, even to the point of quoting MLK knowing that they hated all that he stood for when he was alive. No decent person could embrace them or their penchant for misleading as many people that they can. However, the GOP leadership never denounces them but instead uses their programs as their political platform. They have no shame or consciences.

    November 3, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  15. Lewy

    Cain sounds like another Clarence Thomas.

    November 3, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  16. Seattle Sidekick

    "In that interview, Wilson-who is doing polling for a political action committee supporting Texas Governor Rick Perry's campaign..."

    I got that far into the article which was enough for me to know this piece is nothing but hot air and no substance. Try again.

    November 3, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  17. B1975

    Like they did not know this from the beginning? They did not expect Mr.Cain to do so well so now the Repubs backstab each other LOL! I am not biased toward either party but to bring up something that may have happened in the 90s and was dealt with then is just plain stupid.

    November 3, 2011 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  18. Little Joe...

    More distractions by the day...

    Where have all our great leaders gone...?

    November 3, 2011 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  19. AmericanConcerns

    Time for the fall of Cain, and the rise of Ron Paul

    November 3, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  20. Dee

    Cain said the Blacks are using the race card now that he is being accused this is the first thing that is coming out of his mouth it is racist.

    It had to be Republicans because they will build you up and if they think you are succeeding they will find a way to tear you down. You are just beginning to get a taste of what racism is since you are in denial and brainwashed.

    They will never let you become President you are just a token.

    November 3, 2011 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  21. DixonIV

    Cain will do fine with the Republican party. The only time they care about this stuff is when it is a Democrate. This may actually elevate him with the party. No matter the truth, they will claim a great liberal conspiracy...

    November 3, 2011 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  22. Bill C

    The vitriol in which the media and the left went after Cain is another example of the extreme racism of liberals. How dare Cain not toe the liberal party line? To hear liberals say such nonsense as Conservatives only support him because it eases their racist guilt is obscene. Look in the mirror. The racist you complain of is you.

    November 3, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  23. Mikey


    November 3, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  24. Terry

    You have to love it when the Republicans are willing to waste one of their own for the good of the ticket. None of this would have happened if the GOP spent more time vetting these candidates. I still recall the Sarah Palin vetting mess, that included claims that the FBI vetted Palin. Well, that lie fueled another lie, then another, the dominoes started to fall, and the result was McCain getting knocked right out of the saddle.

    November 3, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  25. Rozelle

    Saw what? "Everybody saw it" = what was "it"?

    November 3, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
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