Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Perry aide denies being source of Herman Cain harassment leak

Curt Anderson, an aide to Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign, denied on Thursday being the source of the sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain that threaten to derail his presidential candidacy.

Those allegations were leaked to Politico, which published them on Sunday to Cain’s fierce denials.

Speaking to CNN’s “American Morning” on Thursday, Anderson, who worked for Cain’s 2004 Georgia Senate campaign and recently signed on with Perry’s presidential operation, denied leaking the harassment story.

“I didn’t know anything about this, so it’s hard to leak something you don’t know anything about,” Anderson said. “I didn’t know anything about this, I didn’t leak it.”

Cain argued that he told Anderson about the charges against him when the two worked together on his 2004 Senate candidacy. The two women supposedly accused Cain of harassment while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

“Those charges were baseless, but I thought he needed to know about them,” Cain said, according to CNN. “I don’t recall anyone else being in the room when I told him.”

Anderson told CNN that Cain’s campaign was using a “diversionary strategy” by blaming him.

Even stranger, Mark Block, Cain’s erratic campaign manager, said later in the day that he saw Anderson’s denial and believed him.

We were absolutely thrilled that he came on your show and said that it wasn’t him, because Mr. Cain has always had the utmost respect for him,” said Block. “I’m going to do the same thing that Mr. Anderson has done and move on.”

Let’s see if that’s actually possible...

By Rachel Van Dongen  |  05:30 PM ET, 11/03/2011

 
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