Herman Cain is at the center of yet another scandal. After accusations about sexual harassment swirled around Cain, another woman came forward to make her own startling claim: She had an affair with Cain for 13 years.
According to Ginger White, an Atlanta woman, she had a long-term affair with the former Godfather Pizza CEO. Although she says she isn’t proud of her 13-year affair, she says she came forward because she felt it was only a matter of time before Cain’s rivals exposed their relationship.
In an interview with an Atlanta Fox affiliate, White recounted how she and Cain hooked up.
Fox 5 news reports:
Ginger White says she met Herman Cain in the late 90s in Louisville, Kentucky, when as president of the National Restaurant Association, he made a presentation. She was impressed. She says they shared drinks afterwards and he invited her back to his hotel room.
“’I’d like to see you again,’” White said Cain told her. “’You are beautiful to me, and I would love for us to continue this friendship.’”
She says in his hotel room, he pulled out a calendar and invited her to meet him in Palm Springs. She accepted, and she says the affair began.
“He made it very intriguing,” White told FOX 5. “It was fun. It was something that took me away from my humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.”
She says he gave her his newly-published book, Leadership is Common Sense, and he wrote: “Miss G, you have already made a ‘big difference!’ Stay focused as you pursue your next destination.”
She says during the next 13 years, he would fly her to cities where he was speaking and he lavished her with gifts. She says they often stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead and dined at The Four Seasons restaurant. She says he never harassed her, never treated her poorly, and was the same man you see on the campaign trail.
Although Cain is denying the affair, he recently released a statement saying that he will be “reassessing” his campaign. Cain’s lawyer added more fuel to the fire by issuing a statement that dodged whether or not Cain committed adultery, saying: “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.”
To be clear, Herman Cain isn’t the first politician that has been caught up in a sex scandal. Typically an affair results in the ouster of the politician (Eliot Spitzer, Kwame Kilpatrick, Mark Sanford, Anthony Weiner), but in some cases (i.e. President Bill Clinton), it has no effect on whether or not they remain in office.
So…should Herman Cain’s possible affair matter to voters?