A pollster backing Rick Perry, who worked for the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, told an Oklahoma radio station that he witnessed the incident prompting an allegation of sexual harassment against Herman Cain, and warns it could end his campaign.Chris Wilson, a partner at Wilson-Perkins-Allen Opinion Research and a former executive director of the Texas Republican Party, told KTOK radio that the incident occurred at a Crystal City, VA restaurant.
“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 gonna come up,” he said, declining to name the victim. “If she talks about it, I think it’ll be the end of his campaign.”
For legal reasons, Wilson told KTOK that he could not say what exactly transpired in the restaurant.
Wilson conducted polls in several House districts during Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s reelection bid in 2010 — and while it’s not clear whether he worked for Perry, he almost certainly cooperated with his campaign.
We’ve reached out to Wilson for comment.
UPDATE 4:06: Wilson spoke to POLITICO’s Jonathan Martin, again refusing to detail what the offending action was — though Wilson described it as “very uncomfortable.”
Wilson also identified himself to Martin as a Perry supporter — and he does polling for the SuperPac supporting Perry’s candidacy.
UPDATE: 5:42: Wilson denied being the leaker in an email to THE WEEKLY STANDRD: “To be clear, and you can ask any of the reporters covering this story, 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 an interview with Forbes, Cain accused Curt Anderson, an adviser from his failed 2004 Senate run now working for Perry, of leaking the story to POLITICO.
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