Afternoon Fix: Pollster says he saw Cain harass employee

at 05:47 PM ET, 11/02/2011

A pollster and a radio host both say they saw Herman Cain harassing women, Democrats are targeting Dean Heller in Spanish, Bachmann has a new book coming out and Darcy Burner is running again.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Oklahoma political consultant Chris Wilson claims that, as a pollster for the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, he saw Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain harass an employee firsthand. “If she talks about it, I think it'll be the end of his campaign,” he told KTOK today. Wilson is doing polling for a super PAC supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But Iowa radio personality Steve Deace also said today that Cain had said “awkward” and “inappropriate” things to some of the conservative talk show host’s female staffers.

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has made a five-figure radio buy in Reno and Las Vegas targeting Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who will face Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) next year. The ads attack Heller for abruptly canceling a meeting with the Latin Chamber of Commerce. The ad, in Spanish and English, says Heller has a “lack of respect for the Hispanic community.”

* If you want to understand redistricting but have trouble keeping the facts straight, ProPublica has come up with a snappy video overview. (The Fix’s feature-length “Mapping the Future” musical will be out next fall.) Also a dictionary of redistrictricting tricks.

* Not surprising: Florida state Senate President Mike Haridopolos has endorsed Rep. Connie Mack (R) for Senate. A few months ago, Mack endorsed Haridopolos for the same office — and then the state lawmaker dropped out of the race. “I was not exactly pleased in the direction in which the senate primary was moving,” Haridopolos said.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* In an interview with the Lincoln Journal Star published today, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) sure sounds like he’s not going to run again. “I just don't want to be a candidate any longer than I need to be or (it's more difficult) to do the job I'm elected to do,” he said. Despite Nelson’s indecision, the state party has already spent almost $1.25 million on his behalf.

* Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), whose rightward shift the Post just chronicled, may still face another primary challenge from a 2010 foe. Former state Sen. Jack Hoogendyk is in Washington this week meeting with conservatives, and Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller says the group “came away impressed.”

* Former Microsoft executive and liberal activist Darcy Burner is launching her third bid for Congress, this time aiming for the seat being vacated by Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) as he runs for governor. Burner ran twice unsuccessfully for the seat held by Rep. Dave Reichert (R).

* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will publish a campaign autobiography called “Core of Conviction” later this month. The 224-page book will chronicle Bachmann’s “amazing journey” from concerned parent to presidential candidate. She’s offering copies in exchange for donations.

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