Saturday 18 November 2017

Tim Stanley: Herman Cain's latest scandal is good for his rivals but bad for the rest of US voters

EITHER Herman Cain is a liar or he is a magnet for mad women with low self-esteem. On Monday, a lady called Ginger White came forward to claim that she had a 13 year affair with the former pizza CEO and presidential candidate. She’s the latest in a long line of women to allege that Cain behaved inappropriately with them, although her accusation of a long-term relationship ups the stakes considerably.

Cain admits that he knew White and that he had given her some money out of charity, but insists that he never laid a finger on her. On Tuesday morning, he used a conference call to say that his campaign would undergo a “reassessment” of its strategy. The general feeling across the media is that the end is in sight.

One senses tremendous pain in Cain’s Tuesday statement. According to National Review Online, he said that the scandal had “taken a toll on my wife and family, as you would imagine. Any time you put another cloud of doubt, unfortunately, in the court of public opinion, for some people, you’re guilty until proven innocent”.

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