Here is Herman Cain’s initial statement about an Atlanta woman’s contention that she has had an ongoing affair with him:
“Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.
Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.
Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.”
What is missing in this statement? (Hint: Does he say it isn’t true?)
In subsequent statements, Cain has come closer to a denial, referring to “events that never happened” and “I did nothing wrong.” But I’m not sure those are out-and-out denials either.
One might argue that consensual relationships should be private and have nothing to do with a person’s fitness to hold public office. But Cain is a married man.
Some of you Cainites (Cainanites?) rejected the earlier accusations of sexual harassment against him. Is this any different? Are you still supporting him?