Pro-Cain group attacks media over controversy
November 4th, 2011
08:36 AM ET
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Pro-Cain group attacks media over controversy

Washington (CNN) - An independent group dedicated to helping Herman Cain win the GOP presidential nomination is up with a web video that defends the Republican presidential candidate against allegations of sexual harassment.

The web video, by a super political action committee called the "9-9-9 Fund," includes clips of conservative hosts, including Rush Limbaugh, blaming the mainstream media for attacking a black conservative like Cain. The video uses television clips of liberal pundits attacking Cain as well as the famous clip of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas calling his grilling during his confirmation hearings two decades ago "a high-tech lynching, and ends with the on-screen message, "Don't let the left do it again."

A spokesman for the superPAC tells CNN that a shorter version of the video will run as a paid commercial on Iowa TV starting next week and that his group will also blast out automated calls in Iowa and Nevada with the same message.

Iowa's January 3 caucuses kick off the primary and caucus calendar. Nevada is now scheduled to be the fifth state to weigh in on the battle for the nomination, holding its caucus on February 4.

The 9-9-9 Fund was launched last month to aid Cain's candidacy in the early voting states. The superPAC is run by Republican campaign veteran Jordan Gehrke.

Under Federal Election Commission rules, a "superPAC" can accept unlimited donations but must report its contributors and cannot coordinate with a candidate's campaign. Other GOP presidential candidates, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as well as President Barack Obama, have superPACs established by former aides to help in their fundraising efforts.

Cain's sexual harassment controversy was ignited Sunday by a report on the political website Politico which alleged that two female employees at the National Restaurant Association accused Cain of inappropriate behavior during his tenure as head of the organization in the late 1990s. Cain calls the allegations fabricated and baseless.

- CNN Senior Political Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

- Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @PSteinhauserCNN


Also see:

Has Cain controversy hurt him in the polls?

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

Lawyer for Cain accuser hopes to release statement Friday

Filed under: 2012 • Clarence Thomas • Herman Cain
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Sniffit, we love your post.

    November 4, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Brian

    Pro Cain supporters lose all ability to blame the media on this one. Sorry. Politico received a tip, they investigated the tip to find that it may be valid. 10 days prior to the story coming out, they confronted Cain's people about the story. After all, in order to verify the info, why not go to the man himself. THEY NEVER ANSWERED THE REQUEST. Part of me thinks Herman Cain's camp leaked the story, just so they can make him out to be another Conservative "hero" taking on the mainstream/liberal media. And add enough Fud with mixed message answers to further confuse people.

    November 4, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Avram Baskin

    If it's "the left's" fault, how come Cain is blaming Perry and Perry is blaming Romney?

    November 4, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. lenny

    @ Whatever
    Have you been drinking again? Your rant doesnt make sence and has nothing to do with the article. Thats what you get when you think for can't do it.

    November 4, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. gar


    You could not have stated it more eloquently!

    November 4, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. deuce

    I got news for Cain's supporters, it ain't the left doing this. As is typical, the right hates each other almost as much as they hate the left...

    November 4, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. mountainrider1952

    The left eh...thanks for letting me know that Rick Perry is a dangerous un-American leftist!

    November 4, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    Always blame someone else for your screw-ups and short-comings, that is the GOP way.
    And if all else fails blame the media – the very same media whose attention you crave – until they begin ask you real questions.

    November 4, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Susan

    We need to hear the full story first. These types of lawsuits are often paid off whether true or not as the cost of going to court could cost wayyyy above a settlement cost. I am waiting to hear the rest of the story. I have worked few places where the bosses did not step over the line at one time or other with other women in the office. Not saying it is right, but it happens in more workplaces than not. Let the truth come out I say since it has come to this point.

    November 4, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Jill-IN

    He did something and there were settlements – he admitted that. But in Cain's world, blame the media, anyone else, but never admit he did anything wrong? Where is the accountability?

    November 4, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Whatever, you ARE dependent on the talk radio people to tell you what and how to think. It consistently amazes me how many of you parrot back the phrases of a few manipulative radio hosts, and accept it without reservation as gospel. You really don't think for yourselves , since you have been so intent on purging your party of RINOs in a vain effort to achieve some sore of purity for yourselves. Frankly, you remind me of the Soviet Union under Stalin, with people having to admit they made mistakes and errors ( remember what Chris Wallace had to do after he called Bachmann a flake?). Oh, I feel sorry for you, running like lemmings to pray to FOX and their acolytes. This time, its a civil war within your own ranks, and you cannot even admit to yourself how badly fractured your side really is, all these factions competing in some sore of perverse contest to be the most pure. Democracy si nto about purity, its about consensus.

    November 4, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    Who will you sue? The media for printing a true story? The victims for having the nerve to complain in the first place? Rick Perry's campaign for finding the story and blabbing? The thinking people of the United States for finding you lacking? I wasn't going to vote for you anyway so you probably don't care about me.... but gee whiz at least care enough about your own supporters to not make them look foolish for supporting yo...oh nevermind they have already taken care of that.

    November 4, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. ravincraven

    This crop of Republicans is a bunch of pervs, wackos and losers. God help us all!

    November 4, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Adrian

    I don't like the "throw the rock, but hide your hands" protection allowed by women who accuse men of things, allow the cases to be settled financially, only to years later trot out as the victim again. Smart lawyers and advisors tell plantiffs to settle in these cases; that doesn't mean guilt to me, that means they feel the suit isn't worth fighting. However, and what is rarely ever asked, IF these women had been assaulted or harrassed, why is it that money kept them quiet? You think any person would get away with putting their hands on my wife? IF I didn't accost him first, I'd see that he did jail time and/or got a conviction on his record. I know that women are still mistreated in this world, but when they settle for dimes instead of prosecuting the crime, it reaks of 'cry-wolf' syndrome. Pun totally unintended.

    November 4, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Donna

    Supporters of Clarence Thomas conducted a "high-tech stoning" of Anita Hill. The supporters of Herman Cain are looking to do the same, which is why the accusers wish to remain anonymous. I'm certainly glad it wasn't me, or my mother, or one of my daughters who was harassed, because apparently victims are to blame when the perp is a popular Republican.

    November 4, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Scott

    Ultimately this is irrelevant to the Economy and the nation. More important topics would be the federal reserve, free markets vs socialism (neither of which we have currently), liberties and freedoms in regards to government spying on us, and returning the governing powers back to the states instead of the inefficient federal programs.

    This all has nothing to do with politics but everything to do with good TV.

    November 4, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. gran

    Wow! Republicans seem to have short memories about all the comments they made in the past about President Obama. News for them–THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE SHORT MEMORIES. The more they try to defend this guy (notice I didn't say "man"), the more they dig their graves. Of course they'll use the "liberal media" card. They seem to forget, where there's smoke, there's fire! Bring it on and we'll just re-play all those "black" comments made in the past and see who looks racist in the end!

    November 4, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. A. Goodwin

    Cain is backed 100% by the Koch brothers. He was their last you think he's really going to go away THAT easy with the Koch's at the helm? I think not...they are going to buy this election if is the LAST thing they do. (So glad I no longer vote GOP!)

    November 4, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Rich

    Blame YOURSELF the one that acted like a idiot

    November 4, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. NVa Native

    The reason the right-wingers and tea-trolls are doing everything they can to protect Cain from himself is because so long as they have Cain they can point to him and say "see I like him, so I'm definately not a bigot".

    November 4, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Ron

    The spin doctor says keep spinning and nobody will have any clue of what the original charge that is brilliant! Herm has lied so much he really doesn't remember!

    November 4, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Everaldo Jones

    This IS DIFFERENT, Those Accusing Politico , CNN and others are not anonymous. I can say that I am accusing them. so there.
    Have you see that High-Tech Lynching Commercial that is going to flood Iowa 24/7 ?
    Trust me, By the end of this Election process the President of Politco and CNN will offer the President of the United States A personal letter of Apology, along with repayment of his legal fees for the forthcoming lawsuit. I have heard that David Boies is Chomping at the bit. These Guys are playing with big money and weapons. Obama will Cry on this way out.
    They will regret the day they messed with Herman cAin and the IDIOTS who decided to Pepper The truth, or in this case, Pepper the rumors, will have hell to pay.

    November 4, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Standford

    The case of Herman Cain and Clarence Thomas are exactly the same – Both Guiltily As Hell, but they will get away with it because they are rich, powerful republicans. The GOP mobs will attack and demonize the women victims again. The republicans don’t like women very much unless they stay in their place!

    November 4, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. gg

    might have to go to plan B republican voting machines, dust them off and delete bushes name

    November 4, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Everaldo Jones

    Politico, when they released the story, stated that they knew that there were a lot more women, (paraphrasing). Well, iftheyknew that there were a lot more women , why dudnt they at least state the # upfront. Why did they have to string the electorate along.
    one woman, no, .... 2 women
    no... 3 women, where will it stop 400 women.
    They know that if another "Mysterious woman" steps forward , the story will no longer be believable. It is clear that When the restaurant association makes there statement, they will exonerate Herman Cain, by stating
    the EXACT # of women, and the exact # of cases that had merit, those that didn't and why, they as his Employer determined the cases were baseless. Cain Faced up to this YEARS Ago, and the Restaurant Association felt it was properly handled .

    November 4, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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