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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Gloria Cain: Invisible woman in the midst of scandal

Gloria Cain has managed to do two things as her husband has faced allegations of sexual harassment: she has stayed out of the limelight, yet the wife of the GOP presidential candidate has very much remained part of the story.


In this May 21, 2011 photo, Gloria Cain, left, accompanies her husband Herman Cain as he announces his run for Republican candidate for president in Atlanta. (David Goldman - AP)

In retelling his version of events involving one of his two accusers while Herman Cain worked at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s (he denies knowing one of the two women), Cain has said that it was a comment about his wife’s height that ended up in allegations against him in a settlement claim.

The Republican has also said that Gloria Cain is disgusted by the charges, and still very much by her husband’s side, though not even the sound of her voice is known by the public at-large.

“She is 200 % supportive of me,” the former Godfather’s CEO said in a radio interview Monday. “She is still 200 % my wife.”

Cain has been married to his wife for 43 years — the two met in Atlanta while the future Republican presidential candidate attended Morehouse and his future wife attended Morris Brown.

The last time she was seen publicly backing her husband was in May, when Cain announced his candidacy on stage in Atlanta.

Monday, as Cain watched Sharon Bialek’s press conference in San Francisco, his wife tuned in from Atlanta, where friends describe her as a quiet, churchgoing woman.

Cain said that his wife called him after the press conference where Bialek revealed that the former Godfather’s CEO allegedly groped her and moved her head towards his crotch while they sat in a parked car.

“The things that woman described, she said, that doesn’t even sound like you, and I’ve known you for 45 years,” Cain recalled his wife saying. “My own wife said that I wouldn’t do anything as silly as what that lady was talking about.”

In that way, even in her absence, Cain took on the role that many a wife of a scandalized politician has taken: that is, the validator, the one to humanize her embattled husband.

Initially Gloria Cain, who is a Democrat, had plans to sitdown with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News. Yet that interview has been postponed indefinitely.

Gloria Cain’s absence on the campaign trail is not a big surprise among fellow worshipers at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, where Cain is an associate minister.

“She’s a very, very quiet woman,” said Hazel Lynch, 61, who interprets services for the deaf there. “Wonderful person, yes, but she’s just quiet. I would be out there passing pamphlets, but I have not seen or heard [of Gloria Cain doing] that.”

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