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Another day, another sexual harassment claim against Cain

A sexual harassment tsunami is threatening to swamp the Herman Cain campaign ship as a third worker at the National Restaurant Association is claiming the GOP presidential contender displayed aggressive and inappropriate behavior towards her while Cain served as president of the trade association. The employee contacted The Associated Press Wednesday with her story and follows Capitol Hill Blue’s disclosure Tuesday that Cain has a long and sordid history of sexually harassing female employees not only at the restaurant trade group but also at other companies he ran. The new complaint comes from a woman who said she did not
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Cain has long history of sexual harassment

GOP Presidential contender Herman Cain has a long and sordid history of sexually-harassing women — a record that began well before his tenure as president of the National Restaurant Association and one that continued long after he left. “He’s a lecherous man who sees women as sexual objects,” one former staff member of the restaurant trade group tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “He preys on women.” Cain, under fire after Politico uncovered sexual harassment complaints against Cain, backtracked Monday and admitted that he “recalled” at least one financial settlement with a female employee of the restaurant association during his tenure as
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Romney beats Obama in swing state fundraising

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is raking in far more campaign cash than President Barack Obama in key swing states. While Obama’s political cash machine is bringing in three times more funds than Romney overall the President is having trouble raising cash in the so-called “battleground states” that gave him much needed electoral college victories in 2008. “This is a ‘handwriting on the wall’ indicator,” Democratic political operative Dan Casing tells Capitol Hill Blue. “It is a sign that Obama faces problems in key states.” Romney’s campaign brought twice the campaign cash of Obama in Florida and Nevada even though
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Was Rick Perry drunk during New Hampshire speech?

Sources within the GOP confirm to Capitol Hill Blue that Texas governor Rick Perry was “blasted” when he delivered a rambling, sometimes incoherent speech in Manchester, New Hampshire Friday night. “He was wasted,” says one GOP political operative present at the event. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” Manchester Mayor Ted Getsas called the speech “different” but also said he had never seen anything quite like Perry’s performance at the podium. “It was different. That’s all I have to say about it,” Getsas said. Perry spokesman Mark Miner wouldn’t say if Perry had anything to drink or if he was
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Cain avoids direct denial of sexual harassment reports

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain refused Sunday to directly deny reports that he was sexually harassed two female employees of the National Restaurant Association while he served as the association’s chief executive officer in the 1990s. Cornered outside the CBS Washington studios after an appearance on “Face the Nation, Cain first refused comment on the report and then, instead of answering a question on whether or not he has been accused of sexual harassment, Cain shot back at the reporter: “Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment.” Cain’s campaign spokesman, however, is denying the report from the web site
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GOP insiders feel the pain of Cain

Republican presidential insiders continue to watch former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain while waiting and hoping he will self-destruct like other flash-in-the-pan GOP presidential contenders. How, the wonder, can a man with limited political experience, an ethically-challenged campaign chairman and constantly shifting positions even be in contention for the nomination. But it has been that kind of political season and the GOP political pros tell Capitol Hill Blue that they are worried. “Herman Cain is a symbol for where this party is headed,” says one veteran GOP political consultant, who asked not to be identified.  “He represents the kind of
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Good economic numbers: Bad news for Republicans

The last thing Republicans on Capitol Hill wanted to see was economic recovery. Good news on the economy is bad news for the GOP and some on Capitol Hill grumble that reports showing some improvement is sending shock waves through Speaker of the House John Boehner‘s office. “Not what we wanted to see,” grumbles a Boehner aide, who asked not to be identified. “We can’t campaign against Obama on the economy if things start to improve.” When new numbers came out this week, Boehner huddled with top aides to plot a strategy to offset the good news. The plan?  Go
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Cain’s campaign boss has questionable, criminal past

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain is basing his campaign hopes on a chain-smoking, rule-breaking political operative once banned from running campaigns and who has a history of stiffing creditors and not paying his taxes. Mark Block, twice busted for drunk driving, faced a tax warrant from the Internal Revenue Service, narrowly avoided foreclosure on his home and violated election laws by coordinating a Wisconsin judge’s campaign with a special interest group. Election officials in Wisconsin banned Block from political campaigns for three years and fined him $15,000 after he pulled that stunt. Block returned to politics and started playing his
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Many 2008 Obama donors say ‘no way’ this time

President Barack Obama rode into office in 2008 by building a record-busting list of small and large donors who funded his campaign with cash. But many of those donors have closed their checkbooks for the 2012 Presidential race. “I gave him money in 2008 but I won’t give him a dime this time around,” says Cheryl Wilson of Blacksburg, Virginia. Wilson is among thousands of individual donors who say Obama isn’t the President he promised to be. “I had never given to a candidate before,” says Sam Thomas of Marysville, Ohio.  “I may never give to another one again. If
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Motorcycle gang war started at Starbucks

The latest bloody feud among outlaw motorcycle gangs in California and Nevada grew out of a battle over which gang could hang out at a Starbucks coffee shop in Santa Cruz. “Only in Santa Cruz could you have biker wars over who’s going to control pumpkin spice lattes,” says Santa Cruz deputy police chief Steve Clark. “It was all about who could hang out at Starbucks.” The war began in January 2010 when the Hells Angels and rival motorcycle club Vagos tangled outside the Starbucks. Those participating in the melee scattered before police arrived but the war had started and
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