The great whodunit of 2011 continues.
Yesterday Herman Cain accused the Rick Perry campaign of leaking the news that in the 1990’s Cain had been charged with sexual harassment of two women, complaints that were later settled by the National Restaurant Association for a not little chunk of money.
Cain is pointing the finger at Curt Anderson a political consultant who worked on his failed Senate campaign in 2004 and now works for the Rick Perry campaign.
Forbes reports that “in the summer of 2003, Cain recalls briefing Anderson—his general campaign consultant at the time—that sexual harassment claims were brought against him while he was chairman of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.” Which begs the question: how did he manage to not “recollect” those details earlier this week when confronted by Politico.
Anderson is denying not only leaking the story but even knowing about it prior to Politico’s report.
But the Perry campaign appears determined not to miss the chance to bad mouth Mitt Romney.
Perry communications director Ray Sullivan categorically denied the Perry campaign had anything to do with the leak before “suggesting” to CBS News and National Journal reporter Rebecca Kaplan that Mitt Romney’s campaign might be behind it: “I wouldn’t put it past them,” he said, stating that blog posts have noted that Cain’s successor at the Restaurant Association “is a big Romney donor.”
Meanwhile, the Washington Times is pointing a finger at Rahm Emmanuel’s office (with exactly the same amount of proof, i.e., none).
Here’s the really great thing about a story with zero details (beyond the fact something happened) and accusers who are legally unable to talk: anyone who wants can paint whatever version of the story best suits their needs.
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