Cain's Next Move: Sue Politico?

Rep says he is considering legal action against site
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2011 8:34 AM CDT
Herman Cain Weighs Legal Action Against Politico Over Sexual Harassment Story
MCLEAN, VA - NOVEMBER 02: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain waits to be introduced prior to his address to the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Consumer Electronic Association on jobs, the economy and American competitiveness November 2, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in McLean,...   (Getty Images)

As Herman Cain’s sexual harassment allegations keep piling up, his campaign is considering unspecified legal action against the publication that started it all. “This is likely not over with Politico from a legal perspective,” a Cain rep tells the Washington Post. But Politico’s executive editor says it has “heard nothing from the Cain campaign. We stand confidently behind every story Politico reporters have written on the topic.” Cain did take a swing at the site yesterday, telling Sean Hannity, "Politico doesn’t have any documentation—they have never talked to the women who are anonymous. I didn’t know that there were so many women named anonymous in America because they kept digging up others, OK."

But Politico is not the only source Cain is after. Cain yesterday repeated claims that former adviser Curt Anderson, who now works for Rick Perry, could be behind the leak. The candidate told Hannity that Anderson has "a connection" at Politico, "and he started working for the Perry campaign two weeks ago. These are simply the facts." But there seems to be some disagreement within the Cain camp: Chief of Staff Mark Block yesterday said he doesn’t think Anderson is to blame. (More Herman Cain 2012 stories.)

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