Has The “Cain Train” Jumped The Tracks?
By Black Men In America.com Staff
Two months ago the Herman “Cain Train” was like a political roller coaster gaining momentum for his race to the White House. Cain was at the top of the polls and one of the top Republican presidential candidates. Cain also had strong support from the Tea Party movement. That was then.
Over the past 4 weeks, Herman Cain has had to defend himself against allegations of sexual harassment and having a 13-year extramarital affair. Not to mention trying to manage a strained relationship with some members of the black community.
Many black voters took issue with Cain because he publicly rejects institutional racism as a major issue for black people and they believed he was being used by the GOP to garner black votes for the Republican party.
Yesterday Herman Cain appeared with Wolf Blitzer on CNN to preempt the accusations of a 13-year extramarital affair with Ginger White and dismiss them as false. Cain admitted that he knew Ms. White, referred to her as an acquaintance and claimed he was trying to help her financially. When asked directly whether he had had sex or an affair with the woman, Cain responded unequivocally, “No.”
In a videotaped interview with an Atlanta TV FOX affiliate, White says of the affiair, “It was pretty simple.” “It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”
One day after the affair allegations became public, Herman Cain’s chief of staff Mark Block confirmed to ABC News that the candidate told his senior staff this morning he’s reassessing whether to stay in the race.
Cain’s deputy campaign manager, Linda Hansen, told ABC News that on November 29, 2011, “Mr. Cain told staff simply that, just as every time significant events occur, a reassessment is prudent.”
“A good businessman looks at the entire landscape before making decisions,” Hansen said. “He is, and has been, committed to promoting the issues and solutions that will make this nation stronger. Nothing about that has changed.”
Is the Herman Cain run for presidency over?
What do you think?