NYT: Nat. Restaurant Assoc. gave female staffer $35,000 — year’s salary — in severance after Cain encounter.
“…Its chief executive at the time [Cain], made her uncomfortable working there, three people with direct knowledge of the payment said on Tuesday.”
Meanwhile, Bachmann first ’12er to take jab at Georgian in Tues. night pulpit address at IA church.
But: Politico reports that the allegations met with a shrug in Iowa.
Also: Cain plays race card on Fox News’ “Special Report” Tues. night. Tells Charles Krauthammer it’s “driving factor”of allegations but has no evidence. “This is just based upon our speculation,” he says.
KRAUTHAMMER: Mr. Cain, when Clarence Thomas was near to achieving position of high authority, he was hit with a sexual harassment charge.
You, contending for presidency nomination, the office of highest authority, leading in the polls for the Republican nomination, all of a sudden get hit with a sexual harassment charge. Do you think that race, being a strong black conservative, has anything to do with the fact you’ve been so charged? And if so, do you have any evidence to support that?
CAIN: I believe the answer is yes, but we do not have any evidence to support it. But because I am unconventional candidate running an unconventional campaign and achieving some unexpected unconventional results in terms of my, the poll, we believe that, yes, there are some people who are Democrats, liberals, who do not want to see me win the nomination. And there could be some people on the right who don’t want to see me because I’m not the, quote/unquote, “establishment candidate.” No evidence.
KRAUTHAMMER: But does race have any part of that? Establishment, maverick, yes. What about race?
CAIN: Relative to the left I believe race is a bigger driving factor. I don’t think it’s a driving factor on the right. This is just based upon our speculation.