Cain loses endorsement in New Hampshire
November 29th, 2011
06:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Cain loses endorsement in New Hampshire

Derry, New Hampshire (CNN) - The latest allegation of sexual impropriety against Herman Cain has cost him the support of at least one state representative in New Hampshire.

Rep. William Panek called the Cain campaign Tuesday morning to say he was dropping his endorsement, telling CNN he will shift his support to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich instead.

"One or two allegations, it kind of piqued my interest, but you know, it's politics," Panek said. "But with a long-term, ongoing affair I'd kind of had enough."

On Monday an Atlanta woman claimed she had had a 13-year affair with Cain in an interview with WAGA TV.

The allegation followed news that four women had accused Cain of sexual harassment while he headed the National Restaurant Association.

On a conference call Tuesday morning, Cain said he was considering whether to continue his run for president. He has denied all the allegations but said the news was taking a toll on his family and fundraising numbers.

The New Hampshire loss for Cain was first reported by local television station WMUR, which originally said another state representative, Sam Cataldo, had also dropped his endorsement. Cataldo told CNN Tuesday night, however, that he was sticking with Cain while the candidate reassesses his campaign.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. kayla

    the wheels are falling off

    November 29, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. susan leonhardt

    Mr Cain did this to himself and h can't blame anybody. Rep. William Panek went from losing cause to another.

    November 29, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Joe Shmoe

    So he shifts his support to a confirmed adulterer (Newt) instead? Nice.

    November 29, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. LegendRx

    Say good night Grace! Bawahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    November 29, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Am i missing something? I am not a Cain supporter but, last i heard Gingrich too wasn't the model husband. So you went from one adulterer to another. Hmm... this is the type of behavior that would keep me up at night.

    November 29, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. snydergal

    The sooner this miserable excuse of a man, husband and father removes his name from contention for POTUS, the is it that one man can continue to lie time after time, not see that he is becoming the biggest joke of the political season, and (hopefully) going to have to lose his wife, family and home because of his womanizing, and a long-term affair while married (which is not, contrary to his lawyer's statement, a "personal" issue that anyone needs to know about...only, we expect our President to upstanding, truthful, faithful to his family, a diplomat of the highest order, etc.)? cain is old news, needs to crawl back in the sewer, and never be heard of again on the national stage. Do hope the little woman and his devoted children finally open their collective eyes and realize husband/daddy has been leading a sordid life for decades. He belongs right up there with the granddaddy of all immoral men...Gingrich...who kept sleeping with other women during his first two marriages...this is a man who dumped his wives because they were ill and didn't look the part of eye-candy on his arm. cain, slime that he is, just abused women in his office and had a woman on the side while presenting a rosy picture of a family much for teavangelical/repub family values!! Don't start with Clinton...he was flush with power, flattered by a bimbo who was starstruck by a president, and crossed a line not only with little monica, but by telling lie after lie to himself, his family and, worst of all, the American people...they all wear the same macho coat, just in different colors.

    November 29, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Tod

    Someone pointed out, "Sick of Cain’s wishy washy attitude, he has shifted his support to a dedicated adulterer instead."

    I can think of no better explanation.

    November 29, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. DR

    Wait...the state rep is shifting his endorsement from the long-time adulterer to the serial adulterer? How is that any better?

    November 29, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Yossi Gestetner

    Someone inform this Congressman that Newt too had a few affairs... therefore am wondering, why is this clown jumping from Cain to Newt? Loser!

    November 29, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Herb suffers from the conservative disease of treating women like second class citizens. He can always put his life on a bumper sticker, "Predators are people too."

    November 29, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. jdinhouston

    Mr Cain, that sound your hear is the alarm noting your 15 minutes of fame are done.

    November 29, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Voice of Reason

    You're telling me that Panek is dropping his endorsement of Cain because he had, "..a long-term, ongoing affair...", and then goes on to endorse Newt Gingrich!?!?

    What the heck?

    So he's dropping one candidate because he is a long-term adulterer and cheater, and instead endorsing the another candidate who is admittedly a long-term adulterer and cheater.

    Panek's endorsement appears to be worthless regardless of who it lands on.

    November 29, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Voice of Reason

    Anyone who drops Cain for cheating on his wife, then endorses Gingrich has lost all credibility.

    Gingrich has cheated on more women than all the mormons in the race have been married to. Combined.

    Panek's endorsement is worthless drivel, and should be seen as a stigma rather than a stimulus.

    November 29, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Jamie from Riverside

    Talk about a flip-flopper.
    You already endorsed the clown, you're stuck with him.

    November 29, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. A disgusted former Republican

    Panek is just a fool who shifted his endorsement from one loser to another. Isn't it interesting that both appear to be philanderers. The only difference is that Newtster is a proven, self-confessed philanderer while Cain has just been accused.

    November 29, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. A disgusted former Republican

    So much for "family values" republicans. What a bunch of religious hypocrites!

    November 29, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. SecedingfromTexas

    So Rep. William Panek is switching his support from an "alleged" womanizer to a proven womanizer. 'Family Values'
    have just been kicked to the curb, along with the "Christian coalition's" credibility.

    November 29, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Wingman

    Switching from Cain to Gingrich because Cain had an alleged affair...anyone else see the irony?

    November 29, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Bye Herman; thanks for the laughs!

    November 29, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. Mr. Liberty

    Poor little Pizza Boy ., It's all about HIM , Just like Conrad Murray : BLAME THE VICTIMS . The Republicrats will never be able to make their Golden Boy Stooge Newt more alluring . Some people have Skeletons in Their closet ..... Newt has a CEMETERY !!

    November 29, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    In the words of that articulate and great debater, Princess Perry, "oops"!

    November 29, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  22. Oldie in TampaBay

    Pack it in Herman! Time to close up shop & go back to wherever you came from! I can deal with the indiscretions BUT I can't deal with a LIAR!

    November 29, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. GOP = Greed Over People

    Switching support from a lying serial molester to a lying serial adulterer?

    Fortunately, I will NEVER be able to understand the GOP mindset and I offer prayers of thanks, every night!

    November 29, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |