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Has Herman Been a Naughty Dog?

October 30, 2011 10:09 PM EDT
Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Scandal: GOP Campaign Denies Accusations
By IBTimes Reporter
Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Scandal: GOP Campaign Denies Accusations

GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain is under fire by the Web site Politico for accusations of sexual harassment in the 1990s, when he was head of the National Restaurant Association and caused at least two female employees to leave their jobs after complaining about Cain's sexually inappropriate behavior.

According to sources from Cain's tenure as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association , which lasted from 1996 to 1999, two women at the trade group complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain. The women felt angry and uncomfortable after interactions with the business mogul, and they reported him to colleagues and senior association officials.

The two female employees signed agreements with the National Restaurant Association, trading financial payouts in the five figures for leaving the group and for not talking about their experiences.

Late Sunday night, Cain campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon told the Associated Press night that the campaign denied the report.

"Inside-the-Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain," Gordon said in a written statement. "Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain's tenure as the chief executive officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts."

The revelations come at a time when Cain's meteoric rise in the polls has many considering him the front-runner in the Republican primaries, with Cain claiming his business acumen and experience running the restaurant industry have prepared him to be president of the United States.

It also comes as the Republican presidential hopeful continues to face ever-increasing scrutiny for both his unorthodox campaign choices and his lack of political experience, including recent troubles like the departure of several key aides and the backlash that followed the "Cain Smoking Ad."

"Have You Ever Been Accused?"

Cain became head of the National Restaurant Association after leaving his position as CEO of Godfather's Pizza in 1996. His time as president and CEO of the association saw the already powerful group appear on Forbes' list of Washington's 25 most influential groups, rising as high as No. 15, and the group took on a greater public role as an advocate for the restaurant industry than ever before. Despite his successes, Cain has often downplayed his tenure at the restaurant group in favor of his experience running Godfather's.

In a series of public and private statements over the past week, Cain's campaign staff repeatedly declined to respond directly on whether Cain faced allegations of sexual harassment, and whether any women involved received settlements in exchange for their silence. Today, after Politico broke the story, the Cain campaign released an official denial of the report.

Cain himself, in a "tense sidewalk encounter" outside the Washington bureau of CBS News last week, evaded questions about past sexual harassment. "[I've] had thousands of people working for me," Cain said, refusing to give a statement "until I see some facts or some concrete evidence."

When his campaign staff was given the name of one of the two women, Cain again evaded. "I am not going to comment on that," he said earlier Sunday.

"Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life, of harassment by a woman?" a reporter asked.

Cain glared at the reporter and said nothing. After repeating the question three times, the journalist did get a reply, but without an answer attached.

"Have you," Cain asked the reporter, "ever been accused of sexual harassment?"

"She Was Offered a Way Out to Keep Quiet."

Politico's sources span everything from former board members and current or past staff to official documents and recollections by close associates within the National Restaurant Association. Combined, these sources describe, in detail, the episodes that both women felt showed inappropriate behavior by Cain.

Cain allegedly initiated and continued conversations filled with sexual innuendo and suggestive questions of a personal nature. Such conversations occurred during events for the restaurant association as well as at the trade group's offices. Both women also reported physical gestures by Cain. None of these physical gestures were overtly sexual, but the women who experienced and witnessed them reported feeling uncomfortable, and they regarded Cain's gestures as improper and inappropriate behavior in a professional relationship.

One source close to Cain confirmed that claims of sexual harassment were founded, saying he and other members had otherwise liked Cain and were disturbed by the revelations.

"I happen to know there were sealed settlements reached in the plural," the source said. "I think that anybody who thinks this was a one-time, one-person transgression would be mistaken."

Politico has confirmed the identity of both women allegedly involved in the sexual harassment cases. One of them was a former association board member at the restaurant association who some sources say suffered an "unwanted sexual advance" from Cain at a hotel as well as being subjected to inappropriate language and behavior.

"She was offered a financial package to leave the association and she did," said another former board member who remembered the incident. "What I took offense at was that it was clear that rather than deal with the issue, there was an effort to hush it up. She was offered a way out to keep quiet."

"Smear Campaign" Against "A True Patriot"

When Gordon e-mailed an initial response to Politico 's accusations of sexual harassment, he dismissed the charges out of hand. "These are old and tired allegations that never stood up to the facts," Gordon said. "This was settled amicably among all parties many years ago."

Gordon also said the re-emergence of the matter, over a decade after settlement, was proof that the rumors were unfounded and meant to start a smear campaign against the GOP presidential candidate. "Dredging this up now," he said, "is merely part of a smear campaign meant to discredit a true patriot who is shaking up the political status quo."

"Since critics haven't had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain's ideas," Gordon added, "they are trying to attack him personally."

On Wednesday, Gordon clarified his comments, saying that the matter had not been "settled" in the legal sense but rather had been "resolved" between the concerned parties. He continued to defend Cain against accusations of sexual harassment, however, and repeated his earlier assertion that Cain was innocent of any wrongdoing.

"When you're in a leadership position," Gordon said, "sometimes people just try to take a shot at you."

Cain, who has been married to wife Gloria for 43 years, is at least "vaguely familiar" with the case, according to one campaign staffer. The aide said the candidate told him claims of sexual harassment would likely surface during his presidential campaign, noting a time when he fired an employee in 1999 and was then accused of sexual misconduct.

Former Colleagues Incredulous

Denise Marie Fugo, the vice chair of the National Restaurant Association board of directors during Cain's tenure, said she never heard anything about sexual harassment charges involving Cain, echoing statements by then-chair Ron Magruder and immediate past chair Joseph Fassler.

"I have never heard that. It would be news to me," said Fugo. "He's very gracious."

Fassler, who helped bring Cain on as CEO in the 1990s, said he would have acted if any allegations of unwanted attention had surfaced, but claimed nothing ever did. "Nobody ever called me, complained about this."

Fassler added that Cain had always seemed to treat men and women equally and identically, asserting that unwanted advances were "not in his character."

"It's not what I know of him," Fassler said.

Mary Ann Cricchio has similarly come to Cain's defense. Cricchio, elected to the board in 1998, said Cain was kind and respectful to everyone, leaving such a good impression that everyone who'd worked with him was eager to support the Cain 2012 campaign. "He had the unanimous support of the whole room" when he announced his presidential bid at a group event in January.

Peter Kilgore, who has been the association's general counsel since the 1990s, has declined to comment on the allegations of sexual misconduct. "Please understand that our corporate policy is not to discuss personnel matters [other than to confirm employment and dates of employment] with outside sources, including media," Kilgore said in a statement. "I must respectfully decline to comment on your questions or any allegations you may be looking into that concern current or former employees of the association."

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Hey Ladypox,

I read the article and then Cain's interview. There are three possibilities: 1. It's true - he's a man whore. 2. It's false - the women were gold-diggers and Cain's not guilty or 3. (and I find this the most interesting) he never was guilty but in order to make cain look like a saint people leaked some gossip that they knew would smear Cain all the while knowing that once the details were known, Cain would look great and get a sl of needed publicity to win the nomination. I would vote for him over the rest (except Paul).

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Wow, #3 gave made my brain ache! I don't know what to think other than black guys can't help but express their horniness. As for voting, that's between me and the ballot box!

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Libtard don't post this crap until you answer for Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and John Edwards. Pllleeease.

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He told the woman that she was the same size as his wife and came up to here. (Cain gestures to his chin). The woman was uncomfortable and sued for several hundred thousand. They gave her a three week pay severance package and told her to get lost.

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Libtard don't post this crap until you answer for Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and John Edwards. Pllleeease.
Ted Kennedy was married and while driving drunk(DUI) missed a bridge and went into a small lake. Leaving his hot date in the car to drown while he swam to shore. Later he remembers he was with the woman and directs authorities to the car to retrieve his now very wet and drowned and no longer so hot date for the night.
Ted spends the rest of his life in the Senate as a Liberal Hero and dies with fond eulogies from every liberal who has enough juice to grab a mike and get in front of a camera.

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By Daniel J. Harris
& Teresa Hampton
Capitol Hill Blue

Juanita Broaddrick's terrifying story of a violent rape by Bill Clinton is only one of more than a dozen cases of sexual assault by the President that go back 30 years.

Capitol Hill Blue has confirmed that the charge is but one of many allegations of sexual assault by the President.

A five month investigation into the President's questionable sexual history reveal incidents that go back as far as Clinton's college days, with more than a dozen women claiming his sexual appetites leave little room for the word ''no.''

Juanita Broaddrick, an Arkansas woman who worked on Bill Clinton's campaign when he was attorney general, told NBC's Lisa Meyers two weeks ago she was raped by Clinton. NBC, under intense pressure by the White House, shelved the interview. The White House also threatened Fox News Tuesday after it reported the story. Broaddrick finally took her story to The Wall Street Journal, which published her account of the brutal rape at the hands of the future President.

But Broaddrick's story is only one account of many sexual assaults by Clinton. Among the other incidents:

• A 1969 charge by a Eileen Wellstone, 19-year-old English woman who said Clinton assaulted her after she met him at a pub near the Oxford University campus where the future President was a student. A retired State Department employee, who asked not to be identified, confirmed this week that he spoke with the family of the girl and filed a report with his superiors. Clinton admitted having sex with the girl, but claimed it was consensual. The victim's family declined to pursue the case;

• In 1972, a 22-year-old woman told campus police at Yale University that she was sexually assaulted by Clinton, who was a law student at the college. No charges were filed, but retired campus policemen contacted by Capitol Hill Blue confirmed the incident;

• In 1974, a female student at the University of Arkansas complained that then-law professor Bill Clinton tried to prevent her from leaving his office during a conference. She said he groped her and forced his hand inside her blouse. Clinton claimed the student ''came on'' to him and she left the school shortly after the incident. Several former students at the University have confirmed the incident in confidential interviews;

• Broaddrick, a volunteer in Clinton's attorney general campaign, said he raped her in 1978;

• From 1978-1980, during Clinton's first term as governor of Arkansas, state troopers assigned to protect the governor reported seven complaints from women who said Clinton forced, or attempted to force, himself on them sexually. One retired state trooper said in an interview that the common joke among those assigned to protect Clinton was "who's next?";

• Elizabeth Ward, the Miss Arkansas who won the Miss America crown in 1982, told friends she was forced by Clinton to have sex with him shortly after she won her state crown. Last year, Ward, who is now married with the last name of Gracen, told an interviewer she did have sex with Clinton but said it was consensual. She later recanted that interview and said she had been threatened by Clinton supporters into claiming the sex was consensual.

• Paula Corbin, an Arkansas state worker, filed a sexual harassment case against Clinton after an encounter in a Little Rock hotel room where the then-governor exposed himself and demanded oral sex. Clinton settled the case with Jones recently with a cash payment.

• Sandra Allen James, a former Washington, DC, political fundraiser says Presidential candidate-to-be Clinton invited her to his hotel room during a political trip to the nation's capital in 1991, pinned her against the wall and stuck his hand up her dress. She says she screamed loud enough for the Arkansas State Trooper stationed outside the hotel suite to bang on the door and ask if everything was all right, at which point Clinton released her and she fled the room. When she reported the incident to her boss, he advised her to keep her mouth shut if she wanted to keep working. Miss James has since married and left Washington.

• Kathleen Willey, a White House volunteer, reported that Clinton grabbed her, fondled her breast and pressed her hand against his genitals during an Oval Office meeting in November, 1993. Willey, who told her story in a 60 Minutes interview, became a target of a White House-directed smear campaign after she went public.

In an interview with Capitol Hill Blue this week, the retired State Department employee said he believed the story Miss Wellstone, the young English woman who said Clinton raped her in 1969.

''There was no doubt in my mind that this young woman had suffered severe emotional trauma,'' he said. ''But we were under tremendous pressure to avoid the embarrassment of having a Rhodes Scholar charged with rape. I filed a report with my superiors and that was the last I heard of it.''

Miss Wellstone, who is now married and lives in London, confirmed the incident when contacted this week, but refused to discuss the matter further.

Capitol Hill Blue also spoke with the former Miss James, the Washington fundraiser who confirmed the incident, but first said she would not go public because anyone who does so is destroyed by the Clinton White House.

''My husband and children deserve better than that,'' she said when first contacted two weeks ago. After reading the Broaddrick story Friday, however, she called and gave permission to use her maiden name.

The other encounters were confirmed with more than 30 interviews with retired Arkansas state employees, former state troopers and former Yale and University of Arkansas students. Like others, they refused to go public because of fears of retaliation from the Clinton White House.

Likewise, the mainstream media has shied away from the Broaddrick story. Initially, only The Drudge Report and other Internet news sites have actively pursued it.

The White House did not return calls for comment.
John Edwards:
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/edwar...ory?id=9621755
A tawdry affair by Edwards while his wife is sick with cancer. Way to go Edwards.

And now moving forward the focus is on Cain because he made a non sexual gesture indicating the stature of his wife.... Wow!.

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And to whom was the word "Libtard" directed? If it was at me, I would laugh myself silly. Please advise.

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NO - no offense to liberals or the mentally retarded.
thanks to JLK for the reference on the true offenders.

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NO - no offense to liberals or the mentally retarded.
I'm neither but good to know.

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let's not forget the 'waitress sandwich' perpetrated by kennedy and chris dodd. well documented. here's only one:
http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/politi...features/2165/

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