For Herman Cain, allegation of 'extended' affair comes as campaign fades
Herman Cain was already slipping in the polls before he acknowledged Monday that new allegations of a long-term affair would be surfacing.
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Though he's still polling better than Rick Perry and Ron Paul, he's dropped way behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, and increasingly, the GOP nomination seems likely to come down to a race between those two.
And Monday afternoon, his woes seemed to grow as he told CNN – in advance of an allegation – that he is about to be accused of an extramarital affair by yet another woman.
The new allegations, he told CNN, will be of an extended affair with an Atlanta woman. But he insisted that – although he knows the woman – the allegations are false.
"Here we go again," he told Wolf Blitzer. "I didn't do anything wrong."
Meanwhile, the woman, Ginger White, told a local Fox news affiliate that she and Cain were involved in an extramarital affair for 13 years.
Cain apparently wanted to get ahead of the story, which he learned was going to be broadcast on Fox Monday night. In a statement, his lawyer, Lin Wood, said that Cain was under no obligations to discuss the allegations publicly.
"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," said Mr. Wood in his statement. "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."
In an effort to stanch the decline in poll numbers, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO hasn't tried to reinvent his campaign. Instead, he's doubling down on its centerpiece: the 9-9-9 tax plan that has taken so much criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.
The latest effort to sell the plan is a six-minute long YouTube video, dubbed "9-9-9: The Movie – Slaying the Tax Monster."