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Cain Reassessing His Campaign After Affair Rumors Circulate

 
 
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 "Reassessing" one's national campaign would seem to be priming for an eventual graceful exit, and that's what Herman Cain says he plans to do in the wake of a rumored affair.

From the Des Moines Register:

Herman Cain told his national campaign staff today that he needs to decide whether an accusation of a 13-year affair with an Atlanta woman will create “too much of a cloud” for his supporters. 

“If a decision is made, different than we should plow ahead, you all will be the first to know,” he said to 94 people on a conference call at 10:15 a.m. Central.

Atlanta’s Fox 5 TV station broke the news Monday that Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White claims she and the Republican presidential hopeful had an extramarital affair that lasted until just before Cain announced his bid for the White House on May 21.

Cain, a retired restaurant executive, reminded his staff during the six-minute call that it’s not the first time he has reassessed his candidacy.

“Now with this latest one, we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud in some people’s minds as to whether or not they should support us going forward,” he said.

Cain told his staff that, first of all, he wanted to tell them directly that he denies the charges. He also wanted them to know he had a friendship with White – who is financially needy, he said.

...He continued: “Obviously, this is cause for reassessment. As you know, during the summer, we had to make some reassessments based on our financial situation. We were able to hang in there.”

 Jed Lewison offers words of consolation to those spectators who might be saddened by a Cain departure from the race: "Even if Cain quits the race, the Republican base that vaulted him to prominence will remain in place, ready and willing to work its twisted magic on the nomination process."

 

And Jill Filipovicexplains why the alleged affair is fair game for the media, even if liberals are to pry into politicans private lives: an affair that points to both bad judgement and giant hypocrisy can be revealing to the public.

 

At TPM David Kurtz notes: "Once you open the door to ending your candidacy, it's very, very hard to close it again."

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 29, 2011, 6:36am

 
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