The woman whose accusations may have prompted Herman Cain to reassess his campaign for president is a 46-year-old single mother of two grown children. Ginger White, who has worked as a fitness instructor, alleges that she carried on a 13-year affair with Cain.
In two interviews with Atlanta television stations, she appeared soft-spoken and said she came forward only to defend her reputation after she feared the story would leak out. Cain has emphatically denied the affair, calling White a “destitute” friend whom he tried to help.
“I couldn’t imagine anyone coming out and lying about this. Who would want this? It’s really not been fun,” White told Atlanta’s WSB-TV outside her apartment Monday.
White has been frequently unemployed, according to news reports, and public records reveal financial difficulties that resulted in several eviction notices.
Her ex-husband, John White, 45, said he had no knowledge of the alleged affair between Ginger White and Cain. “It wouldn’t surprise me either way,” John White said.
White appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday to offer more details about what she described as “a very casual affair.” Rachel Weiner reported:
White, who went public with her story on Monday, told George Stephanopoulos that it was “a very casual affair.” She “consistently” received gifts and money from Cain over the past two-and-a-half years, but cautioned that the relationship was “not sex for cash.”
After White went public with her story Monday, Cain began reassessing whether or not to stay in the presidential race. White’s story comes on the heels of sexual harassment allegations against the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO from four women. Later Tuesday, however, Cain’s tone turned defiant, with him vowing to stay in the race and denying any relationship with White. On Wednesday, he planned to map a way forward in a speech from Dayton, Ohio.
The day after White’s accusations were made public, Cain told supporters that he was “reassessing” whether to continue his presidential campaign. David A Farenthold and Amy Gardner reported:
Cain’s intentions, however, remained unclear. His personal attorney, Lin Wood, said the candidate was deciding whether to drop out of the race. Cain’s campaign spokesman said he isn’t making that decision now. And Cain’s campaign manager, Mark Block, said in an interview with ABC News on Tuesday night that there is “no way he’s dropping out.” Block said the term “reassessment” was meant to imply a “strategic reassessment” and “not a reassessment of withdrawing” from the race.
But after months of dismissing criticism of his ideas and separate allegations of sexual harassment, Cain essentially was admitting something new: This one had hurt.