Herman Cain isn’t running away from his sexual harassment scandal: he’s using it for fun and campaign profit.
The Cain campaign boasts it has raised $9 million in just the last six weeks, presumably driven in part by a backlash among his supporters over the allegations, first raised by an October 31 Politico report.
Since the initial story, at least five allegations by women have surfaced, including the two financial settlements reported by Politico, which were made between the National Restaurant Association and two female employees who claimed Cain harassed them when he led the organization between 1996 and 1999.
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One accuser, Sharon Bialeck, has made her accusations public, and a second accuser has been named publicly.
Cain pushed back against the allegations during a debate on CNBC this week, and the audience of GOP supporters booed the moderators for raising the allegations. Now, Cain has taken his push-back to a new — some might say lower — level: joking about a case that his supporters have raised as a parallel to his own scandal: accusations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings in 1991.
Cain joked about Hill during a recent appearance in Michigan, laughing uproariously when Hill’s name was brought up, and then asking “is she going to endorse me?”
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