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|11-02-2011, 08:01 AM||#1|
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Cain's Denials Invite Closer Scrutiny
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"WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain drew a line in the sand, and now he has to hope it sets like concrete.
Cain, a surprise leader in recent Republican presidential polls, has responded to allegations of sexual harassment with a series of definitive statements that invite closer scrutiny of his past conduct.
During 40 years in the business world, Cain says, he's never sexually harassed anyone. He ticks off a long list of employers – Burger King, Coca-Cola, Godfather's Pizza and more – and says he was "never, never" accused of impropriety. "There's nothing else there to dig up," he says.
It may well be that Cain has nothing to hide. But any number of politicians past were derailed after issuing a public invitation to check out their conduct, none more famously than Democratic presidential hopeful Gary Hart in 1987."
"Cain already has made a series of conflicting statements since word surfaced Sunday that he had been accused of sexual harassment when he ran the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
Cain first said he was unaware of a financial settlement given to a female employee in connection with allegations that he had engaged in sexually suggestive behavior. He later acknowledged he was aware of an "agreement" but not a settlement.
Politico earlier reported that the restaurant association had given financial settlements to at least two female employees who accused Cain of sexually suggestive behavior.
Cain's campaign manager has insisted the story is over. Done.
That looks to be wishful thinking.
"That's like the pitcher being able to call his own balls and strikes," says Lehane. "That's not how it works in baseball, and that's not how it works in politics.""
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