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Beleaguered, scandal-tinged GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain is “reassessing” his campaign and may drop out of the crowded Republican field, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.
While top campaign aides deny the “reassessment” may result in withdrawal, sources close to the Cain campaign say paid staff are already on the phone seeking jobs elsewhere.
“There’s a funeral wake atmosphere here right now,” said one Cain campaign staff member. “We’re on a death watch.”
Cain, already hobbled by multiple accusations of sexual harassment during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, now faces accusations of a 13-year affair with an Atlanta businesswoman.
As has happened with past accusations, Cain and his aides sent mixed signals. While his attorney issued statements saying the matter involved “consenting adults” and was not a matter for public discussion, Cain issued flat denials and said his lawyer would answer the charges with specific information.
The latest sexual controversy comes on the heels of gaffes and memory lapses by the candidates in interviews and appearances.
Whatever happens in the Cain campaign, it is destined to go down in political history as a textbook case on how not to run for President.
Writes Jonathan Martin on Politico, which first brought Cain’s history of sexual harassment to light:
Herman Cain is in the midst of “reassessing” whether to continue his 2012 bid, but its legacy is already settled: His campaign will go down as one of the most hapless and bumbling operations in modern presidential politics, setting a new standard for how to turn damaging press coverage into something far worse.
The botched responses to allegations of marital infidelity, sexual impropriety and his own gaffes — not to mention the puzzling strategic decisions — have, in the eyes of many veteran strategists, reached record levels of ineptitude.