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Cain attempts to smear reputation of accuser

GOP Presidential contender Herman Cain, his campaign stalled by mounting allegations of sexual harassment, turned to an old political ploy Tuesday — attacking his accuser with smears and charges that she is a chronic lawsuit filer with a history of financial problems. “The fact is that Ms. Bialek has had a long and troubled history, from the courts to personal finances – which may help explain why she has come forward 14 years after an alleged incident with Mr. Cain, powered by celebrity attorney and long term Democrat donor Gloria Allred,” the Cain campaign said today in an email to
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Bachmann: Republicans are socialists too

GOP Presidential contender Michelle Bachmann, and the tea party that holds her so dear, have long maintained that President Barack Obama and the Democratic party are socialists. But Bachmann also thinks the socialist menace also runs in her own Republican party. Said Bachmann Monday at a speech to the Family Research Council in Washington: Unfortunately for too many Republicans, they also aspire to be frugal socialists. We cannot preserve liberty if the choice is between a frugal socialist and an out-of-control socialist. Her comments brought guffaws from some GOP political operatives. “It’s too late to say Bachmann has gone over
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‘Herman Cain reached for my genitals’

A fourth former employee of the National Restaurant Association has come forward — this time publicly — to offer details of GOP presidential contender Herman Cain‘s pattern of sexual harassment during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Sharon Bialek says Cain wanted sex in exchange for helping her find a new job after she was laid off from the association, groped her, reached for her crotch and tried to force her head into his crotch. “I was surprised and shocked and I said, what are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend. This
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Cain uses power, money to buy his way out of trouble

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain is used to buying his way out of trouble. His past is littered with payoffs, bribes and financial incentives to buy employee loyalty, fix problems and curry favor. As President of the National Restaurant Association in Washington, Cain racked up huge travel and entertainment bills that angered members of the association’s board of directors, drew attention from auditors and fostered a reputation that money was no object. Cain hosted drunken parties where lobbyists for the association used lots of booze to influence both members of Congress, state legislators and members of his own board. He
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The slow, piece-by-piece death of health care reform

Like a terminally-ill patient, President Barack Obama‘s signature health care “reform” bill, promoted and passed with so much hoopla early in his struggling presidency, is dying a slow, painful death. The fatal blows come as more and more of the plan prove unworkable. “The trouble began even before the bill was passed,” says Democratic strategist Peter Nelson. “The health insurance lobby wrote the bill and that doomed it from the start. The president backtracked on public option. That was the beginning of the end.” Supreme Court justices meet this month to consider whether or not to hear various legal challenges
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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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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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