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    NRA should release everything, or nothing

    NRA should release everything, or nothing

    One of the accusers against Herman Cain apparently has requested that she be relieved of the confidentiality agreement she entered into with the National Restaurant Association to the extent of releasing a statement setting forth her version of what happened over a decade ago, but not her name or any other details:

    The draft of the statement given to the association, according to [her attorney] Bennett, is a summary of “what she did and why she did it.” But it will not include specifics about any incidents nor will it include the amount of the settlement.

    As I have said before, all the facts should come out, not just the second- and third- hand characterizations we hear from Politico and others.

    Identify her; this is not a criminal rape case where there is a rape shield law or where newspapers follow a policy of not identifying the victims of sexual assault.  If she wants to go public with her accusations she has no privacy interest behind which to hide.  This is particularly so since various news organizations have been touting her professional accomplishments and good standing after leaving the NRA as a way of bolstering her credibility.

    Also, the entire file should be released, not just a statement.  That is the only way what she says now can be compared to what she and others said then.  This should include interview notes and contemporaneous records which will shed light on news accounts that multiple board members got involved even though at least 10 board members at the time have now said that they never heard of any problems with Cain (that info. is buried on page 2 of this Politico story).

    If we are going to reach a proper judgment on whether Herman Cain engaged in “sexual harassment” such that he should be precluded from high office, then let the light shed on everything, not just what the accuser or Cain’s political enemies want us to see.

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    retire05 | November 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    How many of you would want your daughter, wife or sister to put herself out there in public against a high value candidate who has supporters that are going to ravage her publically? Do none of you remember the left wing press going after Monica Lewinsky with adjectives like “slut, groupie, gold digger, etc.?” Do you not remember the treatment that was given to Jennifer Flowers?

    And you would want to put your own wife, sister or daughter through that?

    This woman was smeared and slandered by Herman Cain when he told Greta Van Sustern the woman was a bad employee. Perhaps the good professor can explain the bench mark for slander and the financial harm requirements. By saying that she was a bad employee, Cain virtually damaged her professional reputation.

    I can’t believe the attacks I am reading on line by Cain supporters against this woman. Disgusting.

    Yes, the NRA should release the documents of the internal investigation and settlements that Cain claims happened. And they can do this, and protect the women’s identitied by redacting their names. This will either prove Cain is telling the truth, or lying through his teeth. But the one thing remains, Mark Block despicable handling of the entire situtation which Team Cain should have been on top of from the git-go. And if it is true, that Cain told campaign workers (i.e. Curt Anderson) about this in 2003, Cain was stupid if he thought this would not come out, now or in October, 2012.


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