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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Cain can’t White-wash affair with Ginger


Ginger White of Atlanta is now the fifth woman to be connected in a not-so-flattering way to Herman Cain. White is the third of these women to put a face on allegations that the former front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination had a roving eye. She is the second to tell her story. Over the course of 13 years, Winter told the Fox affiliate in Atlanta, she and Cain were what the kids would call friends with benefits.

Georgia Woman Claims 13-Year Affair with Herman Cain: MyFoxATLANTA.com

“It was pretty simple It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”

As you see from the story by Dale Russell of Fox 5 in Atlanta, White has been tangled up in court fights and has been hit with eviction notices a bunch of times, including earlier this month. But none of that takes away from what White brought to the interview.

She showed us some of her cell phone bills that included 61 phone calls or text messages to or from a number starting with 678. She says it is Herman Cain’s private cell phone. The calls were made during four different months — calls or texts made as early as 4:26 in the early morning, and as late as 7:52 at night. The latest were in September of this year.

“We’ve never worked together,” said White. “And I can’t imagine someone phoning or texting me for the last two and a half years, just because.”

We texted the number and Herman Cain called us back. He told us he “knew Ginger White” but said these are “more false allegations.” He said she had his number because he was “trying to help her financially.”

Cain tried to preempt the story, which didn’t air until 6 p.m., during his 4 p.m. interview on CNN yesterday.

“It is someone that I know who is an acquaintance that I thought was a friend,” Cain said. But he added, “I did not have an affair.”
“I acknowledge that I knew the woman,” he said. “I acknowledge that I have known her for about that period of time. But the accusation that I had a 13-year affair with her, no.”

But just as Cain was doing a terrible job of trying to get out in front of yet another damaging story about him and women, his lawyer Lin Wood issued a statement that was decidedly less emphatic.

Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults — a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.

Believe me, I understand the desire for a zone of privacy. In this age of Twitter and Facebook said zone by now might be a quaint notion. But when Cain decided to run for president, he put himself under the most intense microscope in the world. Some questions are vitally important. Others are seemingly trivial, such as why did White, who was neither a relative nor a family friend, have Cain’s personal cell phone number? Why were they in communication as early as 4 a.m.? Why was Cain helping her financially? So far, Cain’s answers have been unsatisfactory. No wonder he’s now “reassessing” his campaign.

My heart goes out to Gloria Cain.

By  |  12:30 PM ET, 11/29/2011

 
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