Well, it looks like the things are about to go from bad to worse for the Herman Cain campaign. After Politico uncovered two women who accused the GOP presidential candidate of sexual harassment in the 1990s, a third woman, uncovered by the Associated Press also said she was harassed by Cain. Now, a fourth accuser is coming forward, and this time, she’ll put a face to the claims.
Initially, Herman Cain said he had no knowledge of the allegations or a settlement, but later changed his tune. After brushing the situation off as the women being “too sensitive” and not being able to take a joke, at least one of the women accused the presidential candidate of propositioning her to sleep with him.
When the story broke, Cain and his Republican backers blamed the “the liberal media” for engaging in the “high tech lynching” of a Conservative Black man, but they later changed their tune, accusing their rivals–Rick Perry of Mitt Romney–of the leak.
Now, a fourth woman is coming forward and is scheduled to hold a press conference to detail her sexual harassment claims against Cain.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
A fourth woman accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment during his time at the National Restaurant Assn. plans to go public with her allegations at a news conference Monday in New York.
The woman is represented by powerhouse Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred. Allred had a similar news conference earlier this year on behalf of one of the women who was enmeshed in the Twitter scandal that brought down New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Allred’s office said the woman “is not one of the three women who have previously been reported to have alleged sexual harassment by the Republican presidential candidate ” and that she will be “the first to give her name and to speak out about details of what she alleges occurred between her and Cain.”
Cain initially enjoyed a bump in both fundraising and polling when the harassment claims were first revealed, but recent data indicates that the allegations are taking a toll on his campaign. According to a new Ipsos/Reuters poll, Cain’s favorability rating among Republican voters dropped 9 points, from 66% to 57%, and his rating among all voters slipped from 37% to 32%.
Watch the press conference of Sharon Bialek, Herman Cain’s fourth accuser.
With yet another woman coming forward…is this the end of Herman Cain’s presidential hopes?
*photo courtesy of the LA Times