We are days past thinking the allegations were mere rumors. The National Restaurant Association has confirmed it was a party to settlements with the women, and since then, a third woman has said she, too, was a victim of sexual harassment from Cain. All have requested anonymity.
But the media, being the media, continue to dig, and more and more witnesses, names, and details keep coming out. Yesterday, CBS/AP reported that the two women who settled are now well-known businesswomen and even talked about where they are working. Obviously their identities are known. It’s only a matter of time before we learn who they are and exactly what they accused Cain of doing. We can be sure the media are fighting to be first to break the story.
The whole thing is a sleazy, tawdry affair that any national political candidate should have known would be an issue. Yet, the Cain campaign has mishandled the matter from the beginning. We don’t know the details yet, but they will surely come out sooner or later. Cain knows if they are the sort of thing that will sink his candidacy, and if they are, he was foolish to launch a campaign in the first place. Unless, of course, as some have said, he was never serious about the presidency; he has just been trying to promote his book, increase his speaking fees, and land a job with Fox News.