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Herman Cain Accused of Sexually Harassing 2 Women; Both Received Money in Exchange for Silence?

According to Politico.com, when GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain served as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, he was accused of sexual harassment by at least two female employees. According to sources, the women  told colleagues and organization officials that Cain’s sexually suggestive behavior made them angry and uncomfortable.

Both women reportedly signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave their jobs. Sources said the agreements included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

Cain’s camp is accusing the Politico report of “dredging up thinly sourced allegations.”

Spokesman J.D. Gordon told the AP that the claims include “unsubstantiated personal attacks” against Cain, and accused the media of “casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.”

In an Oct. 30 interview with Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, Gordon was asked to publicly deny the Politico allegations.

“These two sources aren’t even named in the piece and it was from a third party,” Gordon replied.

“Are you denying it ever happened, J.D. Gordon?” Rivera asked.

“What I’m saying is that these are thin allegations, that this is non-sourced,” Gordon answered. “And so right now, we’re just trying to put this into perspective for you — that this is not even a sourced allegation.”

Hmm. That answer-dodging sounds suspiciously similar to that Weiner guy a few months back who wouldn’t say definitively that a tweeted photo of a private body part was not his. Turned out the  reason he wouldn’t say no is because he knew the weiner was his.

Note to Herman: If you didn’t harass the women, you should categorically deny it. No means no. All that other doublespeak coming from folks in your camp just makes you sound like you have something to hide. —kathleen cross