What Did Cain Know?

What Did Cain Know?

What Did Cain Know?

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Oct. 31 2011 1:03 PM

What Did Cain Know?

Before the start of today's speech at the National Press Club, Herman Cain's campaign manager Mark Block found himself trapped by a growing amoeba of reporters, recorders, and bulky TV cameras. He had just finished a lengthy grilling from Chuck Todd, in which he'd flatly stated that "Herman Cain has never sexually harassed anybody."

 

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Back at the NPR, I asked Block whether Politico's version of this was false, and when/how Cain had described the settlements to him.

"He said he wasn't aware that the settlements had taken place," said Block, "and he wasn't aware -- if they did take place -- of any accusations."

The real grist of the story is the tale of the accusers -- if they talk and describe what happened to them, or what they say happened to them, Cain remains mired in the story. Isn't this defense a story all its own, though? The professional CEO, the man who has patterned his own campaign after a corporation, presided over at least two departures that included settlements after claims that he'd sexually harassed them. And he wasn't aware of the settlements? ?

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.