To date, all the allegations against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain have involved unwanted sexual harassment or outright sexual assault. Now, Ginger White, an Atlanta businesswoman, has told a FOX affiliate that she had a consensual affair with Cain.
In the interview which will air tonight, White says, “It was pretty simple…I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.” Cain, a resident of an Atlanta suburb, has taken to CNN to temper accusations before they air. "This individual is going to accuse me of an affair for an extended period of time," he said. "It is someone that I know who is an acquaintance that I thought was a friend." Cain says, "I didn't do anything wrong."
Cain's attorney, Lin Wood, released a statement of a considerably different tone to the FOX affiliate concerning the revelations that doesn't deny the accusations, but instead argues that it's nobody's business:
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.
Most interesting is the assertion that no one "should be questioned about his or her private sexual life" when Cain himself has forcefully argued for a Constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage and deemed that homosexuality is a "choice." So, sexuality has no business in government or the political realm EXCEPT if we're talking about gay people, who should stop asking for equal protection under the law and "change back" to being heterosexual. Somewhere, Newt Gingrich is giggling.