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Herman Cain Sex Scandal

Why a Sex Scandal Might Help Herman Cain

When his years-old sexual harassment complaints surfaced, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's fundraising donations grew. Yep, you read that correctly. While sex scandals meant political doom for politicians such as Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Anthony Weiner, and Eliot Spitzer (not that some aren't able to bounce back, eventually), for some reason murmurings of sexual harassment charges and coverups caused people to be more supportive of Herman, not less. According to his campaign manager, the day Herman faced questioning about his past misconduct the donations were double his normal daily average.

The accusations coming back to haunt (or help) Herman have to do with two women who complained of his personal conduct in the '90s when he was head of the National Restaurant Association. He said they came to an "agreement" with the women, not a "settlement," but basically they were paid to stay quiet.

I don't know how more people could want to support Herman after hearing about his possible sexual harassment past, but I could see how his supporters who choose to stand by him amidst the scandal would boost his funding to fight back. Because even though these kinds of scandals seem like a clear abuse of power in my mind, there are still some who dismiss sexual misbehavior as personal and private. What do you think about all this? If a politician you supported found himself knee-deep in a sex scandal, would you continue to root for him?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Agreed with Kurnia, Clinton popped into my head immediately. But that was different, Monica was a willing participant, not a victim of sexual harassment. I don't vote GOP so I haven't really followed the story.
stephley stephley 5 years
I wouldn't vote for Cain anyway, but the fact that his story changed repeated in the first 48 hours after the story broke completely puts the kabosh on him for me. He bills himself as a values voter and a straight shooter, but falls apart on this right away. If values voters are sending him more money after this, then you've got to wonder what they mean by 'values'.
karisaamy karisaamy 5 years
He actually was/is leading in the polls before this came out. He kinda came out of no where to do that. I really hope that this blows up in his face since the conservatives have made a big deal out of Weiner and such.
PeachesnCreme PeachesnCreme 5 years
I don't know much about Herman Cain. What I do know is that politics are dirty, and it's pretty convenient that all of this is popping up now. If it was such a huge issue, why was it not dealt with during the 90's? Something fishy is up.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
Idk this Herman Cain guy (haven't followed him, although I've heard about him leading the poll on GOP primary), but I still supported Bill Clinton when he was president and was going through the whole Paula Jones-Monika Lewinsky-Ken Starr thing. That was a pretty big sex scandal for back then (in my experience anyway). I agree with swimmin though, if he's not leading the poll, more than possible that this won't even come out. If he's got savvy team, they should've predicted this to come out and have good plans to diffuse it or something.
swimminnikki711 swimminnikki711 5 years
I think now with the third women coming out of the shadows, it's fishy on both ends. The truth will come out soon. I also don't think this would have come out if he wasn't at the top of the polls for the Republican candidate for president.
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